• The University of Western Australia (M010), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


PhD La Trobe 2002 (APA Scholarship)
Lecturer UWA 2003-2007
Senior Lecturer UWA 2007-2015
Associate Professor UWA 2015 - current

Roles and responsibilities

Platform Leader: Biosciences Electron Microscopy, CMCA

Chair, National Education Committee, Microscopy Australia

Representative: CryOz (WA Rep)

Various biological systems (plant, animal, microbial)

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

Electron microscopy

Cell and tissue imaging

Biological microanalysis (EDS element analysis)

Future research

Contact me for possible student projects currently available!

Current projects

Nutrient dynamics in the rhizosphere

Ca and P sensitivity in crop and native plants

Salinity tolerance in important crops

Understanding and improving WA gravel soils

Growth of natural bicontinuous nanosolids

Use of high intensity focussed ultrasound to improve dental treatments

Teaching overview

SCIE5516 Materials Characterisation for Bioengineering Applications
MSCI4006 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences
SEM&M Training Course (CMCA) - Program Co-ordinator
TEM&M Training Course (CMCA)
BioEM Sample Preparation Workshops (CMCA) - Co-ordinator


Metals in biology
Biomineralisation / calcification
Cell structure-function relationships
Element and nutrient acquisition strategies
Symbiotic, parasitic, diseased systems

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Industry keywords

  • Oceans
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental
  • Biotechnology

Research expertise keywords

  • Cellular imaging
  • Biomineralisation
  • Nutrient and ion transport
  • Symbioses
  • Structure–function relationships in biological tissues
  • Marine biology
  • Parasitology


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