Director, Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, CSIRO

I hold joint positions as Director, Future Science Platform in Synthetic Biology at CSIRO and Group Leader at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. My research group at AIBN applies synthetic biology approaches to answering key fundamental biological questions and to improvement of industrial bioprocesses, with a focus on the isoprenoid group of natural products. I have a track record in development of enabling molecular biology/synthetic biology tools for both plants and microbes.

I am experienced in development and management of large research programs, mentoring of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate staff/students. I have strong track records in academic excellence (as evidenced by publications and fellowships) and in attracting competitive funding. I also work regularly with industry partners; I am available for consulting in the areas of general biotechnology, synthetic biology, molecular biology (plant and microbial), and beer process/yeast systems biology. I also play an active role in science communication, outreach, and policy advice at all levels of government.


  • –present
    Director, Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, CSIRO


  • 2004 
    The University of Queensland, PhD