Tommaso Watson

Dr Tommaso Watson

Research Associate - Post Doc

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


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.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 - 2016 Lecturer in Industrial Microbiology The Univeristy of Adelaide
    2010 - ongoing 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
  • 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: 83137415
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Wine Innovation Central, floor 3
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - WT

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