Monika Murcha

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 3.48, Bayliss Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 1809 Citations
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Personal profile


Dr Murcha (PhD UWA) was awarded an ARC postdoctoral fellowship in 2006 at the University of Western Australia followed by an ARC Future Fellowship in 2014 where she founded her own laboratory to understand the components and underlying processes of plant mitochondrial biogenesis.

Future research

Dr Murcha's research focus is to unravel the underlying mechanisms of protein import and macromolecule targeting, key regulatory elements governing mitochondrial activity and thus cellular activity, plant growth and responses to stress. Using a range of genetic, biochemical and molecular approaches the molecular mechanisms that regulate these processes are being investigated.

Funding overview

2005: University of Western Australia Research Grants Scheme, $20,000.
Characterisation of novel protein transporters in Arabidopsis.
2008: ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded for 4 years, this proposal was ranked A+, in the top third of all successful fellowships. Functional characterisation of novel transport proteins in plants
2010: University of Western Australia Research Development Award, $29,000. Characterisation of the role of a stress inducible transport protein in the mitochondrial inner membrane.
2013: STINT, Swedish Foundation for International Co-operation in Research and Higher Education, $240 000. Whelan J, Murcha M, Glaser E. Systems biology approaches to study intracellular protein transport and organellar biogenesis in plants.
2013: ARC Future Fellowship, $723,320. Characterisation of the Regulators of Mitochondrial Biogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana
2015: Murcha, Soll and Drouard. ARC Discovery Project, $527,279 Modifying mitochondria: the targeting of macromolecules to alter mitochondrial function.
2015-2017: Murcha and Soll. DAAD/G08 Research Co-operation Scheme, $39,000. Characterisation of PRAT protein in mitochondria and chloroplast.

Teaching overview

BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques, course co-ordinator and lecturer.
SCIE4001 The Objective and Application of Genomics, lecturer.
BIOC4001 Advanced Studies on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, lecturer.
GENE5001Advanced Genomic Techniques, course co-ordinator.
BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry, lecturer.


Mitochondrial biogenesis
Protein targeting


  • Mitochondrial biogenesis
  • Protein import
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Sub-cellular localisation
  • Genetic manipulation of plants

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Arabidopsis Medicine & Life Sciences
Mitochondria Medicine & Life Sciences
Mitochondrial Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences
imports Agriculture & Biology
mitochondria Agriculture & Biology
proteins Agriculture & Biology
Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences
Mitochondrial Membranes Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

A Mitochondrial LYR Protein Is Required for Complex I Assembly

Ivanova, A., Gill-Hille, M., Huang, S., Branca, R. M., Kmiec, B., Teixeira, P. F., Lehtiö, J., Whelan, J. & Murcha, M. W., 1 Dec 2019, In : Plant Physiology. 181, 4, p. 1632-1650 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mitochondrial Proteins
Mitochondrial Genes

An interstitial peptide is readily processed from within seed proteins

Pouvreau, B., Fenske, R., Ivanova, A., Murcha, M. W. & Mylne, J. S., 1 Aug 2019, In : Plant Science. 285, p. 175-183 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

The peptidases involved in plant mitochondrial protein import

Ghifari, A., Huang, S. & Murcha, M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Experimental Botany. 70, 21, p. 6005-6018 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Plant Proteins
Mitochondrial Proteins
Peptide Hydrolases
4 Citations (Scopus)

Accumulation of endogenous peptides triggers a pathogen stress response in Arabidopsis thaliana

Kmiec, B., Branca, R. M. M., Berkowitz, O., Li, L., Wang, Y., Murcha, M. W., Whelan, J., Lehtiö, J., Glaser, E. & Teixeira, P. F., 1 Nov 2018, In : Plant Journal. 96, 4, p. 705-715 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

stress response
Arabidopsis thaliana
5 Citations (Scopus)

A Common Peptidolytic Mechanism for Targeting Peptide Degradation in Mitochondria and Chloroplasts

Kmiec, B., Branca, R. M. M., Murcha, M. W., Lehtiö, J., Glaser, E. & Teixeira, P. F., 2018, In : Molecular Plant. 11, 2, p. 342–345

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Projects 2006 2022