We are moving to Australia!!!
Prof. Kronzucker has accepted the position of Head of School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne, Australias top research university (new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope to have our new lab up and running by the Canadian fall (the Australian spring) of 2017. New student and postdoc applications should be directed to: email@example.com. Our home will be the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute of the University of Melbourne, and we are excited to be next door to a group of truly exceptional research teams: http://www.bio21.unimelb.edu.au. We are looking forward to our new life by the waters of Port Phillip Bay, in one of the worlds most liveable cities :).
For more on the School of Biosciences: http://biosciences.unimelb.edu.au
Professor Herbert J. KronzuckerSchool of BioSciences
Faculty of Science
University of Melbourne
Journal of Plant Physiology (Elsevier)
School of BioSciences
The University of Melbourne
BioSciences 4, Building 147
Phone: +61 39035 9793
Mobile: +61 481 915 468
Executive Assistant to the Head (Mr. Carlos C. Martin): +61 39035 9541;
Declining soil fertility, increasing soil salinization, and a burgeoning human population have led to severe strains on the world's agricultural systems. A key factor in the relief from such strains is the better understanding of plant responses to soil nutrients and toxicants, and the application of this understanding to the improvement of cultivars and farming practices. Our laboratory seeks to directly engage in this urgent mission, by use of a combination of physiological approaches designed to address questions of ion acquisition and stress tolerance at cellular and whole-plant levels, in the world's most important plant species.
We examine the role of nutrient ion fluxes at cellular, whole-organism, and ecosystem levels, focusing on yield potential in cereals, cellular ionic interactions, and drought and salt stresses. Our approach is multidisciplinary, ranging from mathematical modelling to radiotracing of ion fluxes and ecological analyses in the field. The techniques we use include the subcellular tracing of ion fluxes and compartmentation, the genetic manipulation of plant metabolism and nutrient acquisition, electrophysiology, gas exchange, ionic and metabolic profiling of tissues, and analyses of plant growth and yield. We strive to investigate the physiology of intact model and non-model organisms, and develop methods to tackle the complexity associated with whole systems.Our research program has attracted over 10 million dollars in research funding since 1999, and has been supported by The University of Melbourne, The University of Toronto, The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canada Research Chair (CRC) program, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and Canada's national Green Crop Network (GCN), aimed at increasing greenhouse gas capture through biological means. Our international collaborative partners include The International Rice Research Institute, The University of Copenhagen, The University of Bonn, The Technical University of Munich, and The Chinese Academy of Sciences. In Canada, we have formed partnerships with diverse groups, including, in Toronto, the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH), the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN), the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, St. Michael's Hospital, and the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST); in Vancouver, the Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF); in London, the BIOTRON facility at Western University; and in Quéc City, the University of Laval.
Senior Research Fellow:
Graduate Students:Ahmed Hamam, Ph.D. candidate.
2016 Recipient of an Ontario Graduate Fellowship (OGS)
Shadman Zaman, M.Sc. candidate (co-supervised with Arun Ramachandran, Centre for Global Engineering)
Congratulations to Devrim Coskun
Congratulations to Devrim for successfully defending his Ph.D., and winning a prestigious NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship! He is continuing with his physiological research at Laval University.
And to Ruben Flam-Shepherd , who succesfully defended his M.Sc. thesis in March 2016.
Undergraduate Project Students:
Congratulations to Abdulwahab Sidiqi, who recently won an NSERC summer scholarship to continue his research in our lab!