• The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.60, Bayliss Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 1463 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
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Personal profile


BA Biological Sciences, St Anne's College, The University of Oxford (awarded 2001)
PhD Plant Molecular Biology, The University of Nottingham (awarded Dec 2004)

Roles and responsibilities

Lab leader
Lecturer in Genetics

Funding overview

Waters MT: 2016, 'Discovering new plant hormone signalling networks', UWA Fellowship Support.
Flematti GR, Waters MT, Dixon KW, Merritt D, Perez-Fernandez, M: 2016, 'Smoke-derived karrikins reveal a new pathway for plant development', ARC Discovery projects.
Waters MT: 2015, 'Unlocking a new hormone signalling system to increase plant performance', ARC Future Fellowships.
Waters MT: 2014, ‘A novel bioassay based in yeast to discover a predicted new plant hormone’, Winner, UWA Pitch Your Project in 3 Minutes. Awarded funds: $3,000
Waters MT: 2011, 'Smoke signals and shoot branching hormones – how do plants tell the difference?', UWA Research Development Award. Awarded funds: $25,334
Smith SM, Dixon, KW Waters, MT: 2010, 'Molecular mechanisms of karrikin mode of action in the control of plant growth', UWA Research Collaboration Award. Awarded funds: $15,500
Smith SM, Beveridge CA, Dixon, KW, Waters MT, Scaffidi A, Flematti GR, Long R, Dun E, Brewer P: 2010, 'Relationship between strigolactones & karrikins in the control of plant growth & development', UWA–UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award. Awarded funds: $19,878

Previous positions

2009 Field Research Assistant
University of Western Australia, School of Plant Biology
2004-2008 Post-doctoral Research Fellow (PI: Prof Jane A Langdale)
University of Oxford, Department of Plant Sciences

Current projects

Honours and PhD opportunities:

1. Smoke alarm: Discovering new signalling compounds that operate in plants

2. Exploiting chemical signals to boost plant performance

Teaching overview

GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
GENE3350 Evolution and Development
GENE4001 Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
BIOC5001 Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Plant developmental genetics
Karrikin and strigolactone signalling
Synthetic biology
Chemical biology


  • Plant development and genetics
  • Synthetic biology
  • Karrikin and strigolactone signal transduction
  • Photosynthetic development
  • Plant genetics and hormone signalling

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 2008 2018

  • 1463 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
  • 25 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
1 Citations

An allelic series at the KARRIKIN INSENSITIVE 2 locus of Arabidopsis thaliana decouples ligand hydrolysis and receptor degradation from downstream signalling

Yao, J., Mashiguchi, K., Scaffidi, A., Akatsu, T., Melville, K. T., Morita, R., Morimoto, Y., Smith, S. M., Seto, Y., Flematti, G. R., Yamaguchi, S. & Waters, M. T., 1 Oct 2018, In : Plant Journal. 96, 1, p. 75-89 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Arabidopsis thaliana
abiotic stress
4 Citations

From little things big things grow: Karrikins and new directions in plant development

Waters, M. T., 2017, In : Functional Plant Biology. 44, 4, p. 373-385 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

plant biology
plant development
mechanism of action
49 Citations

Strigolactone Signaling and Evolution

Waters, M. T., Gutjahr, C., Bennett, T. & Nelson, D. C., 28 Apr 2017, In : Annual Review of Plant Biology. 68, p. 291-322 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Plant Roots
Plant Growth Regulators
parasitic plants

The biological function, targeting specificity and redesign of PPR RNA editing factors

Sun, Y., 2017, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

RNA editing
functional diversity