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Confirmed plenary lecturers are listed below. Photographs and biographies of each speaker will be added as they become available.
ASBMB Medallist Speakers
- ASBMB Lemberg Medallist: Jane Visvader
Professor Jane Visvader is joint head of the Division of Stem Cells and Cancer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She obtained her PhD in molecular biology under the late molecular virologist Robert Symons in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide. She then carried out postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute with Professor Inder Verma, and at WEHI with Professor Jerry Adams. Her contributions to defining regulators of haematopoiesis were recognised by appointment as a Faculty member at WEHI in 1993. This was followed by an appointment as a Harvard Medical School Instructor in Boston, where she continued to study molecular regulators in the blood compartment with Professor Stuart Orkin. In 1998, Jane was recruited to Victoria by the prestigious Victorian Breast Cancer Research Consortium (VBCRC) to establish a Breast Cancer Laboratory at WEHI jointly with Professor Geoff Lindeman.
Over the past decade, Jane and her team have made important contributions to the mammary biology and breast cancer fields by isolating mammary stem cells, defining master regulators of mammary gland development and identifying genetic lesions that drive oncogenesis. In 2006, Jane and colleagues published a milestone study in Nature describing the successful isolation of the long-sought mouse mammary stem cell. In other work, it was revealed that breast stem cells are highly responsive to steroid hormone signalling, despite lacking hormone receptors, thus explaining the long-established epidemiological link between hormone exposure and breast cancer. Several master regulators that orchestrate cell fate decisions in the mammary gland have also been defined, providing an indispensable framework for understanding mammary lineage commitment and differentiation. Jane and colleagues subsequently proved the existence of an analogous hierarchy in human breast and derived unique gene signatures for the different subpopulations. This work led to the discovery that aberrant luminal progenitors, rather than stem cells, are the transformation target in BRCA1-associated basal tumours. Most recently, Jane’s extensive bank of human breast cancer xenografts has begun to serve as excellent preclinical models for testing new therapeutic drug combinations for the treatment of breast cancer.
Jane’s work, supported by her close collaborator Geoff Lindeman, many outstanding postdoctoral fellows and PhD students, and funding from the NHMRC, NBCF, VBCRC and other funding bodies, has been published in over 150 papers. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the recipient of a NHMRC Australia Fellowship. She has received awards including the Tschira Stiftung Lectureship (German Cancer Centre), the GlaxoSmithKline Award for Research Excellence (joint award) and the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Research.
- ASBMB Merck Research Medallist: Brett Collins
Associate Professor Brett Collins is a group leader and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow at the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). He is a structural biologist and heads IMB’s Molecular Trafficking laboratory.
Brett completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of New South Wales, and a PhD at Macquarie University’s School of Chemistry in 2001. Under the guidance of Professor Bridget Mabbutt, his research aimed to use NMR spectroscopy to determine structures of small proteins involved in RNA splicing. However, he soon discovered these proteins formed larger complexes, which required him to learn X-ray crystallography with help from Professor Paul Curmi. It seemed fate had intervened and set him on the path towards being a crystallographer.
In 2001, Brett moved to the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research in the UK under the mentorship of Professor David Owen. It was during his postdoctoral studies (2001–2006) that Brett became obsessed with how molecules were able to move around the cell – the process known as membrane trafficking.
After moving to UQ’s IMB in Brisbane (2006), Brett’s focus shifted towards understanding the molecular basis for intracellular trafficking from organelles called endosomes. This continues to be a major interest of his lab, alongside studies of membrane remodelling in unusual membrane structures called caveolae, and probing the basis of vesicular fusion in exocytosis. In recent years, Brett and his team have focused on the central role endosomal trafficking plays in neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In particular, his lab is at the forefront of structural studies of retromer and sorting nexin proteins, as they work to understand how mutations and dysregulation of these proteins lead to the onset of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.
Brett’s research spans the complementary disciplines of structural biology, biomolecular interactions and cellular biology. His lab collaborates with cell biologists and neurobiologists around the world in an attempt to perform true structure-function analyses of protein complexes that are essential for human cellular physiology.
Brett has published over 65 papers in leading journals, including Nature, Cell, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Developmental Cell and PNAS. He has received several prestigious fellowships, including an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and two NHMRC Career Development Fellowships. In 2008, Brett received a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, and in 2015, he was awarded the Emerging Leader Award of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB).
ASPS Award Speakers
- ASPS R.N. Robertson Lecturer: Robert Furbank
Prof Furbank is currently director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis at the Australian National University. This research centre is targeted at strategies to improve photosynthetic performance of C 3 and C 4 plants for increased crop yields. For more than 30 years Prof Furbank has worked at the forefront of C 4 photosynthesis research, characterising the CO 2 concentrating function of C 4 photosynthesis and establishing the first genetic transformation system for a C 4 dicot and using this system to study the processes controlling photosynthetic flux. He is currently a chief investigator in the C 4 Rice Consortium, aimed at installing a C 4 photosynthetic pathway into rice. Prof Furbank has worked across many levels of complexity in a variety of crops, developing a program in integrative plant biology at CSIRO which included establishing the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre. He has received several awards, including a Goldacre Prize, ACT Innovation Awards, CSIRO Leadership Award and recently a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from the University of Wollongong in recognition of his achievements in plant science and agriculture.
- ASPS Peter Goldacre Award Lecturer: Sambasivam Periyannan
Dr Sambasivam (Sam) Periyannan, a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cereal Rust Resistance team of CSIRO Agriculture, Canberra, is an expert on cloning rust disease resistance genes in wheat. Through his PhD research at CSIRO Agriculture and University of Sydney, Sam cloned Sr33, which is one of the first stem rust resistance genes isolated from wheat. Later, as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO, he developed (in collaboration with JIC, UK) a rapid resistance gene isolation technology called “MutRenSeq” which is developed to by-pass positional cloning, a long and tedious process especially in the partially sequenced and complex wheat genome. Currently, using the MutRenSeq platform, his research is focused on isolation of additional rust resistances aimed towards the development of gene cassettes for durable rust resistance. Through Adjunct positions at University of Sydney and Queensland, Sam is also involved in training PhD students who will become the next generation of scientists.
ANZSCDB Award Speaker
- ANZSCDB President's Medal Lecturer: Sharad Kumar
Sharad Kumar is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, a co-Director of the Centre for Cancer Biology, and a Research Professor and Chair of Cancer Biology at the University of South Australia. His laboratory has made seminal contributions to cell and developmental biology, including the discovery of Nedd genes, such as Nedd2 (caspase-2) as one of the first mammalian caspase; Nedd4, the founding member of the WW-HECT type of ubiquitin-protein ligase (E3) family; and Nedd8, a ubiquitin-like protein involved in a protein modification pathway, now known as neddylation. His group also characterised a large part of the Drosophila apoptosis machinery and defined a caspase-independent cell death process. Other discoveries from his team include Ndfips as regulators of the Nedd4 E3s, Nedd4-2 mediated control of membrane proteins and role of caspase-2 as a tumour suppressor. He continues to study caspase biology and functions, mechanisms of developmentally programmed cell death, and the physiological functions of the Nedd4 E3s. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. His research contributions have been recognised through the ASBMB Amersham Award, the Ranbaxy Research Award, the ASBMB Lemberg Medal and the FAOBMB Research Excellence Award.
International Plenary Speakers
- Andrea Ballabio (Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine, ITALY)
Andrea Ballabio is the founder and director of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples, Italy. He is Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Naples “Federico II” and Visiting Professor at both Baylor College of Medicine and University of Oxford. His research interests are focused on biological mechanisms and innovative therapies for genetic diseases. His recent discovery of a gene network that regulates lysosomal biogenesis and autophagy expanded our view of the lysosome from a degradation and recycling center to a signaling hub that controls cell homeostasis. He was President of the European Society of Human Genetics, Council member of EMBO and recipient of an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant. He has received numerous national and international awards for research and culture, among which the 2007 Award of the European Society of Human Genetics, the “Knighthood of the Italian Republic” by the President of Italy in 2007 and the 2016 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine.
- Jennifer Elisseeff (Translational Tissue Engineering Center, John Hopkins University, Maryland, USA)
Dr. Elisseeff received a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Medical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. After doctoral studies, Dr. Elisseeff was a Fellow at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Pharmacology Research Associate Program where she worked in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In 2001, Dr. Elisseeff became an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Elisseeff cofounded Cartilix, Inc., a startup that translated adhesive and biomaterial technologies for treating orthopedic disease, acquired by Biomet Inc in 2009. In 2009, she also founded Aegeria Soft Tissue and Tissue Repair, new startups focused on soft tissue regeneration and wound healing. Dr. Elisseeff is now the Jules Stein Professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute and directs the recently established Translational Tissue Engineering Center at Johns Hopkins in collaboration with Biomedical Engineering. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Bausch and Lomb, Kythera Biopharmaceutical, and Cellular Bioengineering Inc. Dr. Elisseeff has received awards including the Carnegie Mellon Young Alumni Award, Arthritis Investigator Award from the Arthritis Foundation, Yasuda Award from the Society of Physical Regulation in Medicine and Biology, and was named by Technology Review magazine as a top innovator under 35 in 2002 and top 10 technologies to change the future. In 2008, Dr. Elisseeff was elected a fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum. She has published over 120 articles, book chapters and patent applications and given over 130 national and international invited lectures.
- Christine Foyer (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
Christine Helen Foyer is Professor of Plant Sciences and Research Director of the School of Biology at the University of Leeds, UK. She is also aWinthrop ProfessoratThe University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia and a Pao Yu-Kong Chair Professor of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Christine received her PhD from Kings College, London, UK and she has held senior posts at the InstitutNationale Recherché Agronomique (France), Rothamsted Research (UK), the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (UK) and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). She is a member of the French Academy of Agriculture and she is the Secretary General of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biologists. She is member of BBSRCCommittee B and the BBSRC (UK) Pool of Experts. She is an Annals of Botany Company Board Member, an Associate Editor for Plant, Cell and Environment and on the Editorial Boards of PhysiologiaPlantarum, Journal of Experimental Botany and Frontiers in Plant Sciences. She is a Scientific Advisory Board member forthe Helmholtz Center Munich.Christine has over 400 published papers and currently has an H-Index of 83. She is an expert in plant metabolism and its regulation under optimal and stress conditions. Her research interests concern stress (drought, chilling, high light, aphid infestation) effects on plants, focussing on how primary processes (photosynthesis respiration) alter the reduction/oxidation (redox) status of the cell and associated signalling.
- Harsha Gowda (Institute of Bioinformatics, INDIA)
Harsha Gowda is a faculty scientist at the Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore, India and Associate Director of YU-IOB Center for Systems Biology and Molecular Medicine at Yenepoya University. He did his Ph.D. work at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Dr. Akhilesh Pandey's laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University, USA on proteomic profiling of pancreatic cancers. He did his post-doctoral work in Dr. Gary Siuzdak’s laboratory at the Scripps Center for Metabolomics and Mass Spectrometry, USA. His research group employs cutting-edge technologies in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics to investigate molecular mechanisms that drive cancers and identify biomarkers and therapeutic targets. In addition, he is using proteogenomics methods to identify novel protein coding regions in the human genome. He is a recipient of Wellcome Trust-DBT Fellowship awarded to promising young researchers in India and Sir C.V. Raman young scientist award by the Karnataka state government. He is a reviewer for several international journals and an Editorial Board member of Journal of Proteomics and Journal of Proteins and Proteomics. He is a member of Indian Association for Cancer Research (IACR) and an elected executive council member of Proteomics Society of India (PSI).
- Dave Jackson (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA)
Dave Jackson is a Professor of Plant Genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Labs, NY, USA. He obtained his PhD at the John Innes Institute, Norwich, UK, working with Cathie Martin and Keith Roberts, and did his post doc with Sarah Hake at the Plant Gene Expression Center, Berkeley, CA, USA. He has been at CSHL since 1997, where his lab studies genes and signals that regulate plant growth and architecture. Recent examples include discovery of a heterotrimeric G protein subunit that controls stem cell proliferation. This protein interacts with a completely different class of receptors than in animals, which helps explain how signaling from diverse receptors is achieved in plants. They also demonstrated that a weak mutation in one of the developmental genes enhances seed production in maize, which could lead to yield increases. The lab has also characterized networks of gene expression, using “next-gen” profiling and chromatin immunoprecipitation methods that have revealed new hypotheses in networks controlling inflorescence development.
Further info at jacksonlab.labsites.cshl.edu/
- Shigeru Kondo (Faculty of Frontier Bioscience, Osaka University, JAPAN)
Shigeru Kondo is a Professor of Molecular Biology at Osaka University. He started his scientific career as immunologist (1983) in graduate school of medicine at Kyoto University, where he learned the basic technology of molecular biology. After getting his PhD, he had interested in animal morphogenesis and joined the laboratory of Prof. Walter Gehring at Basel University as a post-doc to learn developmental biology (1991). During the stay in Basel, he met Prof. Hans Meinhardt who impressed him the beauty of mathematical models. He returned to Kyoto University in 1993 to work in immunology because he could not find a job as a developmental biologist. He did the experiment on immunology during the daytime. However, in the evening and weekend, he took care of a tropical angelfish in his apartment. During the growth of the fish, the stripe pattern dynamically changed in the way that the Turing’s reaction-diffusion equation predicts, which turned out to be a best proof of Turing pattern. The paper was published in Nature (1995), and his boss fired him due to his secret research. What happened after that...you can see in his talk.
- Patrick Lupardus (Department of Structural Biology, Genentech, California, USA)
Dr. Patrick Lupardus is a Senior Scientist at Genentech in South San Francisco, California. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, followed by his doctorate in Molecular Pharmacology from Stanford University in 2005. He then moved on to postdoctoral training in Structural Biology at Stanford and received a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation fellowship for his work on structural characterization of JAK kinases and cytokine receptors in 2007. In 2010 he joined the Department of Structural Biology at Genentech. His group utilizes biochemistry, structural biology, biophysical methods, and computational techniques to investigate protein-protein and protein-small molecule interactions of therapeutic interest. In addition, his lab has a basic research focus revolving around the structural biology receptor-coupled kinase signaling cascades involved in innate and adaptive immunity.
- Gene Myers (Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Dresden, GERMANY)
Gene Myers is a computer scientist and biotechnologist known for the BLAST search engine and the sequencing of the human genome, for which he advocated whole genome shotgun sequencing, developed an assembler to do so at Celera Genomics, and assembled high-quality reconstructions of the fruitfly, human, mouse, and mosquito genomes in rapid succession.
In the 80’s Myers invented algorithms for sequence comparison and search including suffix arrays that enable the Burroughs-Wheeler transform used in today’s compact indices for genomic search. In the 90’s Myers created and perfected the string graph approach to DNA sequencing used at Celera. From 2005 to today, he has focused on the construction of novel microscopes and software for building single cell expression atlases across developmental epochs.
Myers has been a professor at U of Arizona and UC Berkeley, a vice president at Celera Genomics, a group leader with HHMI, and currently is a director of the Max-Planck Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA, the National Academy of Germany, and won the ACM Kannellakis Prize in 2002.
- Andrew Oates (The National Institute for Medical Research, London, UNITED KINGDOM)
After undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide, Andrew received his Ph.D. at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Melbourne working with Andrew Wilks. His postdoctoral time was at Princeton University and the University of Chicago in the lab of Robert Ho, where his studies on the segmentation clock in zebrafish began in 1998. In 2003 he moved to Germany and started his group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. In 2012 he accepted a position at University College London as Professor of vertebrate developmental genetics and moved his group to the MRC-National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill in London. Since April 2015, he is a member of the Francis Crick Institute in London.
The Oates group studies a population of coupled genetic oscillators in the vertebrate embryo termed the segmentation clock. This system drives the rhythmic, sequential, and precise formation of embryonic body segments, exhibiting rich spatial and temporal phenomena spanning from molecular to tissue scales. The group is composed of biologists, engineers, and physicists using molecular genetics, quantitative imaging, and theoretical analysis.
- Lacey Samuels (Botany, The University of British Columbia, CANADA)
Lacey Samuels is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is also the Institutional Leader of the UBC Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. She has a B.Sc. in Honours Neurobiology from McGill University in Montreal, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the UBC Vancouver. She did post-doctoral studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA and became an Assistant Professor at UBC in 2000. Research in the Samuels laboratory focuses on biosynthesis of plant cell walls, both cell wall polysaccharides as well as specialized cell wall components, such as lipidic waxes on the plant surface and lignin in wood. The approach is to integrate advanced microscopy techniques with molecular biology and biochemistry to put cell wall biosynthesis and secretion into a cellular context.
- Joseph Thornton (Departments of Human Genetics & Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, USA)
Joe Thornton is a Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. After studying English literature at Yale University, he worked for a decade as an environmental activist. He then pursued graduate and postdoctoral training in molecular biology, phylogenetics and evolution at Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History, both in New York, New York, USA, where he began to study the molecular mechanisms by which nuclear receptor proteins diversified in sequence, structure and function. His laboratory has played a key role in establishing a 'functional synthesis' in molecular biology and evolution and has developed ancestral protein resurrection as a strategy for characterizing the mechanisms of protein evolution. He has received the Hans Falk Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
- Shubha Tole (Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, INDIA)
Professor Shubha Tole obtained her BSc in Life Sciences and Biochemistry from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai (1987). Her MSc and PhD are from Caltech, USA. She worked at the University of Chicago as a post-doctoral fellow, and then joined the Tata Institute in Mumbai, India as a faculty member in 1999. Her research interests focus on the mechanisms that shape the development of the brain. Tole’s lab discovered an “organizer” in the developing brain, a signaling center that induces the formation of the hippocampus. They created embryos with multiple signaling centers and discovered that each induces a hippocampus in adjacent neuroepithelium (Mangale et al., 2008).
Professor Tole has received national and international recognition for her work: the Infosys prize for Life Sciences (2014); the SS Bhatnagar Award (2010); the Research Award for Innovation in Neurosciences (2008) from the Society for Neuroscience; the Wellcome Trust Senior International Fellowship (1999). She has offered workshops on "Ethics in Science" at national and international fora. She also teaches science communication, actively engages in public outreach via workshops in schools and colleges, and encourages her students to do the same.
- Jennifer Van Eyk (Cedars-Sinai, California, USA)
Jennifer Van Eyk, PhD Dr. Van Eyk is a Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Director of the Basic Science Research in the Barbra Streisand Woman’s Hearth Center and Director of the new Advance Clinical Biosystems Institute where she recently moved from Johns Hopkins University. The Van Eyk laboratory’s central philosophy is that compelling biological and clinical questions drive innovation through development, optimization and adaption of proteomic technologies, functional analysis, and large-scale data handling. The primary research focuses i) on understanding the molecular mechanism underlying acute and chronic disease and treatment therapies and ii) in the development of clinically robust circulating biomarkers focusing primarily on cardiovascular disease and women’s health.
- Rajeev Varshney (International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics, INDIA)
Rajeev Varshney is a Global Research Program Director, Genetic Gains that encompasses different disciplines including Genebank, Pre-Breeding, Genomics & Trait Discovery, Cell & Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Forward and Integrated Breeding, and Seed Systems at ICRISAT. He has been serving ICRISAT for last 10 years in various capacities. He is also Winthrop Research Professor at The University of Western Australia. In his dual appointment, he also served CGIAR Generation Challenge Program as Theme Leader for six years. Before joining ICRISAT, he worked at IPK-Gatersleben, Germany for five years.
Rajeev has recently won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award – Biological Sciences, the most coveted and prestigious award from Government of India. He is internationally recognized for his contribution in genome sequencing of pigeonpea, chickpea, peanut, pearl millet, sesame, mungbean and adzuki bean and development of molecular breeding products in chickpea, pigeonpea and peanut. Rajeev, a Highly Cited Researcher as per Thomson Reuters, has published >300 publications including in Nature, Nature Biotech, Nature Commun, PNAS, etc.
Rajeev is an Elected Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) as well as leading science academies of India including Indian National Science Academy (INSA), The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India (NAAS), AP Akademi of Sciences (APAS) and Telangana State Akademi of Sciences (TSAS), India He is also the recipient of Young Scientist awards from many of above mentioned academies. Rajeev has also received several prestigious awards including Research Excellence India Citation Award 2015 by Thomson Reuters, Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and 2015; The Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award by Illumina Inc. USA, NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award, Plaque/Certificate of Appreciation from Department of Agriculture– Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)-The Philippines, Nepal Agricultural Research Council- Nepal, Vietnam Academy of Agriculural Sciences-Vietnam.
Rajeev has been a frequent invited speaker in several conferences e.g. G-8 Conference on “Open Data for Agriculture”, FAO conference on “Agricultural Biotechnologies”, brainstorming session on digital agriculture chaired by Mr Bill Gates and Nature Genetics conference. Rajeev provides leadership to several organizations by serving member/chair for several committees, editorial boards, funding organizations and advisory boards.
- Peter Waterhouse (Queensland University of Technology, AUSTRALIA)
Peter Waterhouse is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of Molecular Genetics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. He has made many fundamental discoveries and developed new molecular technologies that have translated into numerous patents and applications. He is well known for his research in virology, RNA interference (RNAi), gene regulation and plant genomics. With his research teams at CSIRO, University of Sydney and QUT (http://www.waterhouse-lab.com/main/index_lab.php ), Professor Waterhouse uncovered and developed RNAi in plants, making it a highly effective tool for gene discovery, functional genomics and a potent way of conferring protection against viruses and insects. He is a past recipient of an ARC Federation Fellowship, the Victor Chang Medal, the CSIRO Chairman’s Prize, and the Prime Minister’s Science Prize.