• The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 71 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile


-BSc (Honours) Biochemistry, Queen's University, Kingston Canada, 2006
-PhD Biology Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, 2011
-Post-doctoral researcher, Dept of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, 2011-2014
-Joined the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in 2015 as a DECRA Post-doctoral Fellow

Funding overview

Discovery Early Career Research Award 2015


There is a long standing interest in manipulating metabolism in plants to improve the production and quality of food, medicine and other consumable products. However, metabolic engineering in plants is notoriously unpredictable – really a hit or miss affair. With a focus on plant primary metabolism, I study the post-translation mechanisms that control and balance fluxes through metabolic pathways with the aim of improving our ability to accurately manipulate these important pathways.
My experimental approach combines metabolomics with enzymology. In particular enzymes are purified and studied from their native tissues to understand the post-translational modifications that control enzyme activity in vivo.

Research expertise keywords

  • Plant metabolism
  • Plant respiration
  • Metabolic regulation
  • Post-translational modifications of enzymes
  • Metabolomics
  • Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase

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Research Output

Another brick in the plant cell wall: Characterization of Arabidopsis CSLD3 function in cell wall synthesis

O'Leary, B. M., May 2020, In : Plant Cell. 32, 5, p. 1359-1360 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access

Impact of oxidative stress on the function, abundance, and turnover of the Arabidopsis 80S cytosolic ribosome

Salih, K. J., Duncan, O., Li, L., O'Leary, B., Fenske, R., Trösch, J. & Millar, A. H., 6 Feb 2020, In : The Plant Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Multifaceted functions of post-translational enzyme modifications in the control of plant glycolysis

    O'Leary, B. & Plaxton, W. C., 1 Jun 2020, In : Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 55, p. 28-37 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • The case of virus-induced plant autophagy: Cui Bono?

    O'Leary, B. M., Apr 2020, In : Plant Cell. 32, 4, p. 805-806 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access