Tommaso Watson

Dr Tommaso Watson

Research Associate - Post Doc

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences


I specialise in Wine and Beer fermentation science. Microbial activities have contributed in shaping these alcoholic beverages thought the history of modern civilisation, to the current commercial product. Scientific progress allowed a better understanding of the role of yeast and bacteria in these process, providing knowledge and tools to create a desirable product. The focus of my research is to generate and identify microbial strains suitable for the purpose of modern winemaking and brewing, with improved technological and sensorial characteristics. To achieve so, techniques that do not involved direct manipulation of the genome are used. The novel phenotypes obtained will show improvement of specific traits whilst aiming to preserve the positive original characteristics of the original strains. To help in this difficult task of screening through thousands of candidates mutants, I have been developing new robotic equipment, which empower this research with added capabilities.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 - 2016 Lecturer in Industrial Microbiology The Univeristy of Adelaide
    2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Univeristy of Adelaide
    2001 - 2008 Winemaker Italian and Australian Wineries
  • Language Competencies

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

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 Deakin University Australia BEHon (Mechatronics)
    2007 - 2010 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD Wine Microbiology
    2004 - 2005 The University of Florence Italy MSc Oenology
    2000 - 2002 The Univeristy of Pisa Italy BSc Viticulture and Oenology
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2013 Mash Brewing TAFE Australia
    2011 Floor Warden Training Chubb Fire & Security Australia
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Lyons, S. M., Morgan, S. C., McCann, S., Sanderson, S., Newman, B. L., Watson, T. L., . . . Zandberg, W. F. (2021). Unique volatile chemical profiles produced by indigenous and commercial strains of Saccharomyces uvarum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae during laboratory-scale Chardonnay fermentations.. Oeno One, 55(3), 101-122.
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    2014 Walker, M., Nguyen, T., Liccioli, T., Schmid, F., Kalatzis, N., Sundstrom, J., . . . Jiranek, V. (2014). Genome-wide identification of the Fermentome; genes required for successful and timely completion of wine-like fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. BMC Genomics, 15(1), 552-1-552-17.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS36 Europe PMC21
    2014 Jiranek, V., Walker, M., Gardner, J., Sundstrom, J., & Liccioli, T. (2014). Tackling microbial failure in problematic wine fermentations using a holistic approach. Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker, (603), 76-79.
    2013 Liccioli, T., Walker, M. E., Sundstrom, J. F., Gardner, J. M., & Jiranek, V. (2013). Novel wine yeast for improved performance in fermentation. Wine and Viticulture Journal, 28(6), 26, 28, 30-31, 33.
    2011 Liccioli, T., Chambers, P., & Jiranek, V. (2011). A novel methodology independent of fermentation rate for assessment of the fructophilic character of wine yeast strains. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 38(7), 833-843.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS7 Europe PMC5
    2011 Liccioli, T., Tran, T., Cozzolino, D., Jiranek, V., Chambers, P., & Schmidt, S. (2011). Microvinification - how small can we go?. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 89(5), 1621-1628.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS19 Europe PMC12
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2015 Jiranek, V., Liccioli, T., Betteridge, A., Sumby, K., Walker, M., Gardner, J., & Sundstrom, J. (2015). Generation and characterisation of improved wine microbes. In Proceedings of the 10th international symposium of enology of Bordeaux (pp. 163-166). Bordeaux, France: Vigne et Vin Publications Internationales.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2016 Peter, J. J., Watson, T., Walker, M., Gardner, J. M., & Jiranek, V. (2016). Identification of wine yeast genes influencing fermentation duration under limited nitrogen conditions. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
    2015 Peter, J. J., Watson, T., Walker, M. E., Gardner, J. M., & Jiranek, V. (2015). Screening for wine yeast mutants, whereby gene deletion results in faster fermentation under limited nitrogen conditions. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian conference on Yeast: Products and Discovery. Adelaide.
    2014 Peter, J. J., Watson, T., Walker, M., & Jiranek, V. (2014). Use of prototrophic deletion library as a tool to identify genes related to nitrogen assimilation. Poster session presented at the meeting of ISSY31: 31st International Specialised Symposium on Yeast. Slovenia.
    2014 Peter, J. J., Watson, T., Walker, M., & Jiranek, V. (2014). Deletion library as a tool to identify genes related to nitrogen assimilation. Poster session presented at the meeting of Crush 2014. Adelaide, Australia.
    2014 Peter, J. J., Watson, T., Walker, M., & Jiranek, V. (2014). Use of prototrophic deletion library as a tool to identify genes related to nitrogen assimilation. Poster session presented at the meeting of AgPogs: Postgraduate symposium 2014. Adelaide, Australia.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2015 Walker, M. E., & Liccioli, T. (2015). Incubator initiative: Mapping of genes responsible for yeast-derived modulation of colour in model red wine (UA1405). The University of Adelaide.
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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Identification of Yeast Genes Enabling Efficient Oenological Fermentation under Nitrogen-limited Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Josephine Jasmine Peter
    2013 - 2018 External Supervisor Seawater Systems for Sustainable Development: Evaluation of a Marine Microalgal Strain as Biomass Feedstock for Hypersaline Bioethanol Production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Quang Cong Doan
  • Position: Research Associate - Post Doc
  • Phone: 83130402
  • Email: tommaso.watson@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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