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

    6009 Perth


  • 216 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am a plant biochemist, with many years of experience in academic and industrial settings. I have in-depth experience in and knowledge of a many disciplines that contribute to plant biochemistry, including plant physiology, molecular biology, bioanalytical chemistry and organic chemistry. My research has had a significant impact on my field and has been cited over 300 times. 


My research is aimed at understanding energy use and efficiency in plants, with a particular focus on protein synthesis and degradation.

Current projects

  • Protein turnover and energy investment in cereal crops.
  • Linking protein age with function.

Research interests

Plant hormone biology

Plant secondary metabolism

Natural Products and drug discovery

Teaching philosophy

Science is best learned through discovery. Students understand and retain concepts best when course content is delivered via multiple platforms and in multiple contexts. In my teaching, I aim to achieve this through combining traditional lectures, tests and practical laboratories, with small group discussions, interactive classroom activities, group assignments, short research projects and field work. I aim to align the theory taught in lectures with practical experiences and research projects in the laboratories. I also stay abreast of the scientific literature, incorporate the latest research findings into my teaching where appropriate and give students access to high-quality online content to reinforce concepts taught in class. Furthermore, I endeavour to connect my classes with relevant industries, through guest lecturers or visits to industry sites, so that students can understand the important role of science in industry.

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Biochemistry, Doctor of Philosophy

Biotechnology, Bachelor of Biotechnology with Honours

Biotechnology, Bachelor of Biotechnology, University of Tasmania


  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Drug Discovery
  • Plant biochemistry
  • Plant biology
  • Plant growth regulators
  • Plant proteomics
  • Plant metabolism
  • Plant cell and molecular biology
  • Plant

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Research Output 2009 2016

  • 216 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 2 Other contribution
1 Citation (Scopus)

Analysis of the Enol-Keto Tautomers of Indole-3-pyruvic Acid

Tivendale, N. D., Davies, N. W., Horne, J., Ross, J. J. & Smith, J. A., 2015, In : Australian Journal of Chemistry. 68, 2, p. 345-348 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Analytical History of Auxin

Tivendale, N. D. & Cohen, J. D., Dec 2015, In : Journal of Plant Growth Regulation. 34, 4, p. 708-722 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

72 Citations (Scopus)

The shifting paradigms of auxin biosynthesis

Tivendale, N. D., Ross, J. J. & Cohen, J. D., Jan 2014, In : Trends in Plant Science. 19, 1, p. 44-51 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

A mutation affecting the synthesis of 4-chloroindole-3-acetic acid

Tivendale, N., 2012, Landes Bioscience.

Research output: Other contribution