Professor Matthew Gilliham
Matt is a program leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology. His areas of interest are crop plant nutrition and stress tolerance with a focus on salinity tolerance, stress signalling and membrane transport. He is also Deputy Head of School (Research) for the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Honorary Secretary of the Australian Society for Plant Scientists and convenor for the Adapting to abiotic stress and climate change special interest group of the Society for Experimental Biology.
Matt gained a BSc in Ecology from Lancaster University and a PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Cambridge, both in the UK. After a postdoc at Cambridge, he immigrated to Australia to run the Plant Transport and Signalling Laboratory at the Waite Campus, University of Adelaide, in 2006.
✓ Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.
Matt's group studies the transport and signalling processes that underpin improvements in crop nutrition and stress tolerance. His research scales from genetics, through cell biology and whole plant physiology. Where applicable, his lab's fundamental research is then applied through plant breeding to modify signalling and transport processes in plants to improve crop yield and quality in the field. His main areas of study include salinity tolerance, anionic nutrition (particulary chloride) and GABA signalling. Notable advances his group have made include:
- The first demonstration that wheat salt tolerance and grain yield can be improved in the field through modification of transport genes (Nature Biotechnology).
- The discovery of a mechanism by which GABA could act as a stress signal in plants (GABA-regulated anion channels) (Nature Communications).
- The discovery that cell-specific ion accumulation has physiological roles (Plant Cell, New Phytologist)
- Frequent demonstrations that cell-specific ion transport processes are critical for stress tolerance and nutrition (e.g. Plant Physiology, Plant Journal...).
Matt and his research group have won a number of awards, honours and fellowships for their work, including an ARC Future Fellowship, ARC DECRA Fellowships, ASPB Highly Cited Author, SA Tall Poppy Awards, Australian Federal Government Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture.
For more information, see his lab website: Plant Transport and Signalling lab
or, The Centre of Excellence website: Plant Energy Biology
Do you want to join his research group?
University scholarships for Australian students are known as Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and in designated areas of research strength within the University. If a student does not secure an APA, then the School of Physical Sciences considers the option of divisional scholarships (based on academic merit and budget limits). The University also offers a range of Scholarships for international students.
Application involves filling in the "application form for admission/scholarship".
When applying for domestic scholarships please remember to tick both the APA and Divisional box. After the closing date, the Graduate Centre will forward your application to the School to consider. If an APA is not awarded then the school will consider offering a divisional scholarship. Further details can be found at the scholarship websites http://www.adelaide.edu.au/scholarships/
Further information on international PhD scholarships can be found at: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/research-international/opportunities/
Postdoctoral positions arise from time to time, so if you're interested please get in touch and Matt will get back to you ASAP.
- For general postdoctoral scholarships see: Australian Research Council (ARC) and https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding
- China - http://www.csc.edu.cn
- Germany - http://www.daad.de
- USA - http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5179&org=OISE&from=fund
- EU residents - http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/action/fellow_en.html
- Japan - http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-pd/ab.htm
|2018||Deputy Director, Waite Research Institute||Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide|
|2018||Group Convenor||Society for Experimental Biology|
|2017||Deputy Head of School (Research)||University of Adelaide|
|2017||Professor||Univeristy of Adelaide|
|2017||Honorary Secretary||Australian Society for Plant Scientists|
|2015 - 2016||Associate Professor||University of Adelaide|
|2014 - 2017||ARC Future Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2014||ARC Centre of Excellence Chief Investigator||University of Adelaide|
|2013 - 2014||Senior Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|2006 - 2012||Senior Research Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2017||Research Award||Executive Dean of Sciences Research Excellence Award||University of Adelaide||Australia||—|
|2014||Fellowship||ARC Future Fellowship||University of Adelaide||Australia||—|
|2013||Award||Science and Innovation Award||ABRES (Australian Federal Government)||Australia||—|
|2012||Award||South Australian Tall Poppy||Australian Institute of Policy and Science||Australia||—|
|2012||Award||Group of Eight China-Australia Fellowship||—||Australia||—|
|—||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom||PhD Plant Sciences|
|—||Lancaster University||United Kingdom||BSc Ecology|
|2016||Byrt, C. S., Zhao, M., Kourghi, M., Bose, J., Henderson, S. W., Qui, J., . . . Tyerman, S. (2016). Charging up water transport with plant aquaporins permeable to ions. Poster session presented at the meeting of Combio2016. Brisbane, Australia.|
|2015||Waters, S., Gilliham, M., & Hrmova, M. (2015). Micro-biomachines helping plants survive salt (No. Of Pieces: 1-2) [Exhibition]. University of Adelaide: E-Science Magazine of the University of Adelaide.|
|2017||Sai, N., Rodriguez Lopez, C. M., Bogias, K., Pederson, S., Burgess, A., Breen, J., . . . David, R. (2017). Bioinformatic pipeline to detect di-cistronic RNA transcripts from RNA-sequencing data [Computer Software].|
|—||David, R., Hooper, C. M., Castleden, I. R., Gilliham, M., & Tyerman, S. (n.d.). CropTiPS database (Crop Transport information, Physiology and Signalling) - www.croptips.org [Computer Software].|
ARC Future Fellow (2014-2017) Chloride Transport in Plant
ARC Discovery (2017-2019) GABA signalling in plants
ARC Linkage (2015-2018) Ancient diversity in aridity and salinity tolerance of cereals
GRDC Large Grant (2013-2017) Improving salinity tolerance of cereals
Wine Australia (2014-2017) Molecular markers for salt tolerance in grapevine
International Wheat Yield Partnership (2016-2019) Improving wheat energy use efficiency
Australian National Data Service (2016-2017) CropTIPS - Transport Information, Physiology and Signalling; and AGRICONNECT - linking Australian Agricultural Databases
Matt teaches into the Bachelor of Applied Biology, Viticulture and Oenology and Agricultural Science degrees, and the Masters in Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology) program.
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2018||Co-Supervisor||Investigating The Effect of Ion Transport in Plants||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr Daniel Walter McKay|
|2018||Co-Supervisor||Understanding Root Responses of Cereals Conferring Tolerance to Alkaline Sodic Soils||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr Jakob Schulz|
|2018||Principal Supervisor||The Role of GABA in Controlling Plant Gas Exchange During Stress Events||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Adriane Piechatzek|
|2018||Principal Supervisor||Understanding the Limits of Grapevine Water Stress and Recovery Therefrom Based On Xylem Cavitation Resistance||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Ying Meng|
|2017||Principal Supervisor||GABA Signalling in Cereals||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Na Sai|
|2017||Co-Supervisor||Exploring The Roles of Dual Water in Channels||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Hoai Thi Thanh Phan|
|2016||Principal Supervisor||GABA Signaling in Plants||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Xueying Feng|
|2015||Principal Supervisor||Salinity Tolerance in Grapevine||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Yue Wu|
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2014 - 2017||Principal Supervisor||Functional Characterisation of GmSALT3, a Candidate Gene for Conferring Salt Tolerance in Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Dr Yue Qu|
|2014 - 2018||Co-Supervisor||Defining Transcriptional Networks Associated with Plant Salinity Tolerance||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Shanika Lakmini Amarasinghe|
|2013 - 2018||Co-Supervisor||The Role of Aquaporins in Plant Responses to Drought||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr Johannes Daniel Scharwies|
|2013 - 2015||Principal Supervisor||Investigating factors that affect grapevine fruit set during abiotic stress||Master of Philosophy||Master||Full Time||Dr Satwinder Kaur|
|2011 - 2015||Principal Supervisor||Investigation of chloride transport mechanisms in Arabidopsis thaliana root||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Dr Jiaen Qiu|
|2010 - 2013||Principal Supervisor||Characterisation of a novel calcium sensor in Arabidopsis thaliana||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Dr Bo Xu|
|2010 - 2013||Co-Supervisor||POT Proteins are Important for Chloride Transport in Arabidopsis||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr Bo Li|
|2010 - 2015||Co-Supervisor||Grapevine Reproductive Performance: The Role of Amines, and the Effect of Salt and Silicon||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Tintu Baby|
|2010 - 2014||Principal Supervisor||Investigating genes encoding membrane proteins in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) and Vitis spp. rootstocks to determine their role in chloride exclusion||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Dr Sam Henderson|
|2010 - 2015||Principal Supervisor||The Role of Calcium in the Cell Wall of Grape Berries||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr Brad Hocking|
|2018 - ongoing||Chair||Adapting to abiotic stress and climate change special interest group||Society for Experimental Biology||United Kingdom|
|2017 - ongoing||Secretary||Australian Society for Plant Scientists||—||—|
|2015 - ongoing||Member||American Society for Enology and Viticulture||United States|
|2012 - ongoing||Member||Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO)||Australia|
|2006 - ongoing||Member||American Society for Plant Biology (ASPB)||United States|
|2006 - ongoing||Member||Australian Society for Plant Scientists (ASPS)||Australia|
|1998 - ongoing||Member||Society for Experimental Biology (SEB)||United Kingdom|
|Date||Role||Editorial Board Name||Institution||Country|
|2018 - ongoing||Editor||Plant Physiology||American Society for Plant Biology||United States|