• The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 4.73, Bayliss Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 11374 Citations
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Personal profile

Biography

Ian Small's PhD at Edinburgh University (awarded in 1988) was followed by a career with France's National Agronomy Research Institute (INRA) first as a postdoc and later as a tenured research scientist. He held the Vice-Director position at the Plant Genetics & Breeding Station in Versailles and the Plant Genomics Unit in Evry. In 2005 he was awarded a WA State Premier's Research Fellowship and moved to Perth to become the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology early in 2006.

Roles and responsibilities

Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
Expertise: molecular biology, systems biology, bioinformatics

Future research

Energy biology in plant cells

Funding overview

Current grants:

$22.3 million from the ARC for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, 2005-2013
$400,000 from DIISR International Science Linkage

Previous positions

Directeur de Recherche, INRA

Research

Ian's PhD work on plant mitochondrial genomes (EMBO Journal, 1988; Cell, 1989) changed the way we view their evolution, revealing unsuspected dynamic changes that are only now being understood. Building on these discoveries, his post-doctoral work on mitochondrial genes involved in cytoplasmic male sterility (Molecular and General Genetics, 1992) contributed significantly to the development, patenting and commercialisation of INRA's technology for male-sterile brassicas used in the breeding of elite hybrid lines. Much of the canola grown globally is now produced using this technology.
Ian's research has focused on the cellular machinery involved in translating messenger RNAs into proteins (The Plant Cell, 1996; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2005), and on the transport of RNA and proteins into organelles (EMBO Journal, 1992). However, his research interests evolved rapidly to take advantage of the functional genomics technology emerging from the sequencing of the Arabidopsis nuclear genome. He coordinated the large European Union Framework 5 project, AGRIKOLA, that has provided unparalleled tools to the scientific community for analysing gene function in Arabidopsis (Genome Research, 2004) by the exciting new technology of RNA interference. He is perhaps best-known for the discovery and characterisation of the pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) family of proteins, a huge family of 450 proteins involved in controlling gene expression in mitochondria and chloroplasts (Trends in Biochemical Sciences, 2000; The Plant Cell, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009).

Languages

Fluent in English
French

Research expertise keywords

  • Gene expression in plant organelles
  • Large-scale Arabidopsis functional genomics research
  • Plant RNA biology and bioinformatics

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Research Output

Large scale genome skimming from herbarium material for accurate plant identification and phylogenomics

Nevill, P. G., Zhong, X., Tonti-Filippini, J., Byrne, M., Hislop, M., Thiele, K., Van Leeuwen, S., Boykin, L. M. & Small, I., 4 Jan 2020, In : Plant Methods. 16, 1, 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    The Expansion and Diversification of Pentatricopeptide Repeat RNA-Editing Factors in Plants

    Gutmann, B., Royan, S., Schallenberg-Rüdinger, M., Lenz, H., Castleden, I. R., McDowell, R., Vacher, M. A., Tonti-Filippini, J., Bond, C. S., Knoop, V. & Small, I. D., 3 Feb 2020, In : Molecular Plant. 13, 2, p. 215-230 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Towards a plant model for enigmatic U-to-C RNA editing: the organelle genomes, transcriptomes, editomes and candidate RNA editing factors in the hornwort Anthoceros agrestis

    Gerke, P., Szovenyi, P., Neubauer, A., Lenz, H., Gutmann, B., McDowell, R., Small, I., Schallenberg-Ruedinger, M. & Knoop, V., Mar 2020, In : New Phytologist. 222, 5, p. 1974-1992 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    4 Citations (Scopus)

    Evolutionary Model of Plastidial RNA Editing in Angiosperms Presumed from Genome-Wide Analysis of Amborella trichopoda

    Ishibashi, K., Small, I. & Shikanai, T., 1 Oct 2019, In : Plant & Cell Physiology. 60, 10, p. 2141-2151 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Genome-scale transfer of mitochondrial DNA from legume hosts to the holoparasite Lophophytum mirabile (Balanophoraceae)

    Virginia Sanchez-Puerta, M., Edera, A., Gandini, C. L., Williams, A. V., Howell, K. A., Nevill, P. G. & Small, I., Mar 2019, In : Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 132, p. 243-250 8 p.

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    8 Citations (Scopus)
    240 Downloads (Pure)

    Datasets

    Supplementary data for manuscript:"High intraspecific diversity of Restorer-of-fertility-like genes in barley"

    Melonek, J. (Creator), Zhou, R. (Creator), Bayer, P. (Creator), Edwards, D. (Creator), Stein, N. (Creator) & Small, I. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 21 Sep 2018

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    Projects

    ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology 2014 (CPEB2)

    Millar, H., Small, I., Lister, R., Munns, R., Tyerman, S., Borevitz, J., Atkin, O., Pogson, B. & Whelan, J.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1431/12/20

    Project: Research

    ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology 2014 (CPEB2)

    Millar, H., Small, I., Lister, R., Munns, R., Tyerman, S., Borevitz, J., Atkin, O., Pogson, B. & Whelan, J.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1431/12/20

    Project: Research

    ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology 2014 (CPEB2)

    Millar, H., Small, I., Lister, R., Munns, R., Tyerman, S., Borevitz, J., Atkin, O., Pogson, B. & Whelan, J.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1431/12/20

    Project: Research

    ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology 2014 (CPEB2)

    Millar, H., Small, I., Lister, R., Munns, R., Tyerman, S., Borevitz, J., Atkin, O., Pogson, B. & Whelan, J.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1431/12/20

    Project: Research