Joanna Sundstrom

Dr Joanna Sundstrom

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Joanna Sundstrom is located at The University of Adelaide's Waite campus where she has been based since 2006, initially as a PhD student in the field of plant salinity tolerance and currently as a postdoctoral research fellow. Since 2010, Dr Sundstrom has worked in the Department of Wine and Food Science in the Wine Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology (WMMB) Group, led by Professor Vladimir Jiranek and Associate Professor Paul Grbin.

Dr Sundstrom has worked on a number of projects in the WMMB group that aim to better understand how yeast and bacteria, that are used in the production of wine, are able to tolerate the stressful wine making environment. Information from these research projects helps guide other work within the group to develop new strains of yeast and bacteria useful to the wine industry. Dr Sundstrom also works on an Australian Research Council funded project aimed at investigating how yeast cells communicate with each other during over-crowding and nutrient limitation, with a focus on the impact this has during fermentation.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 Practical demonstrator, Get into Genes University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 Practical demonstrator, Genes & Inheritance II University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2007 Practical demonstrator, Genetics III University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2011 Recognition Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 - 2011 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2005 - 2005 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science Honours (Genetics)
    2002 - 2004 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Biotechnology
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2019 Essential Project Management Skills University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Communication Science 7020 University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Floor Warden Training Chubb Fire & Security Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 Co-Supervisor Identification and Understanding of Saccharomyces and Oenococcus Interactions in Wine Fermentation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Louise Bartle
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Phenotypic Investigation of Biofilm Formation and Transcriptional Analysis of Invasive Growth of Commercial Wine Saccharomyces cerevisiae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ee Lin Tek
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Use of Directed Evolution to Generate Multiple-stress Tolerant Oenococcus oeni for Enhanced Malolactic Fermentation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jiao Jiang
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2019 Co-Supervisor A Special Drop - Characterising Yeast from Traditional Indigenous Australian Fermentation University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Lucien Alperstein
    2018 - 2019 Other Profession Practice in Applied Biology Placement University of Adelaide Bachelor of Applied Biology Other Part Time Robyn Stevenson
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Characterisation and Identification of Yeasts Isolated from the Native Environment of Eucalyptus gunnii University of Adelaide Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology with Honours Honours Full Time Jemma McGilton
    2013 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Halved Gene Dosage: The Impact on Alcoholic Fermentation University of Adelaide Bachelor of Science with Honours Honours Full Time Ee Lin Tek
  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Phone: 83136764
  • Email: joanna.sundstrom@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7415
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Wine Innovation Central, floor 3
  • Room: 3 28
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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