Monika Murcha

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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

Research expertise keywords

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


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