Vincent Bulone

Professor Vincent Bulone

Director - ARC CoE in Plant Cell Walls

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

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


Professor Vincent Bulone is the director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, a $32 million collaboration between the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland and five international institutions. Vincent Bulone is also the Director of 'Adelaide Glycomics', a Partner Laboratory established through a collaboration between the University of Adelaide and Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.

His research is focused on cell wall polysaccharide structure and metabolism in higher plants, oomycetes and fungi. Capitalizing on his long standing and renowned experience in the area of plant and microbial Glycoscience, Vincent brings novel research capabilities of strategic importance.

Adelaide GlycoScience Research Group

Research Interests

  • Biosynthesis of plant, fungal and oomycete cell wall polysaccharides: biochemical and biophysical approaches for the study of membrane-bound complexes with glycosyltransferase activity and characterisation of the corresponding polysaccharides, with particular emphasis on cellulose, (1→3)-β-D-glucan and chitin biosynthesis 
  • Metabolic engineering of plant and microbial polysaccharide biosynthetic pathways 
  • Quantitative proteomics; Protein/lipid interactions 
  • Engineering and characterization of carbohydrate-based composites 
  • Applied aspects of carbohydrate biosynthetic pathways, including aspects relevant to the following sectors: food sustainability, bioenergy, biomaterials, biorefinery, anti-fungal and anti-oomycete inhibitors and herbicides
Type of grant Grant period Total funding
(AUD 000)
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

Swedish Centre for Biomimetic Fiber Engineering (Biomime)

2006 – 2013

10,000

Type of grant Grant period Total funding
(AUD 000)
EU

Large Collaborative Project RENEWALL: Exploitation of plant cell walls for biofuel production

2008 – 2012

6,000

Initial Training Network SAPRO: Saprolegnia diseases

2010 – 2013

6,000

Intra-European Fellowship CBOP: Tackling the potato pathogen Phytophthora infestans

2011 – 2013

294

Large collaborative project MULTIBIOPRO: Biorefinery of woody plants

2012 – 2016

8,700

Large collaborative project Nano3Bio: Engineering of chitin & chitosan with defined structures and applications thereof

2014 – 2018

13,400

Intra-European Fellowship ULTRAPROMAT: Design & fabrication of UV-protective green materials

2014 – 2017

322

Type of grant Grant period Total funding
(AUD 000)
EU/Era-Net Marine Biotechnology Program

Biorefinery & biotechnological exploitation of marine biomasses

2016 – 2019

3,300

Type of grant Grant period Total funding
(AUD 000)
Formas (Swedish Research Council)

Research Project: Disease control in the potato pathogen Phytophthora infestans

2009 – 2013

700

Research Project: Metabolic engineering of plant cell walls

2010 – 2014

525

Post-doc stipend grant: Oomycete diseases

2011 – 2013

170

Strong Research Environment CARBOMAT: Carbohydrate-based materials

2010 – 2015

4,800

Research Project: Targeting cell wall biosynthesis in pathogenic oomycetes for disease control in fish

2014 – 2017

770

Type of grant Grant period Total funding
(AUD 000)
VR (Swedish Research Council)

Research Project: Engineering of carbohydrate biosynthetic pathways for materials production

2012 – 2015

308

Fellowship for the establishment of a young researcher: Elaboration of plant cell wall models from experimental and in silico approaches

2015 – 2019

900

Fellowship for the establishment of a young researcher: Exploitation of animal mucins for functional biomaterials with medical applications

2015 – 2019

1,000

Research Project: Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases as new biotechnological tools for wood nanofiber modification

2016 – 2019

465

Type of grant Grant period Total funding (AUD 000)
CSC-China

CSC-China - PhD student salaries for molecular modeling of carbohydrate/protein interactions

2012 – 2016

308

Bayer CropScience - Industrial contract: Cotton fiber engineering

2008 – 2015

1,960

Other collaborative grants - e.g., matching funding from KTH for participation in ARC CoE PCW; CSIRO Food Flagship; NSF (USA), others

2010 – 2017

1,554

Type of grant Grant period Total funding (AUD 000)
ARC

ARC CoE in Plant Cell Walls (ARC funding)

2015 – 2017

19,250

ARC Discovery Project (DP160100309) - Cell wall structure and dynamics in emerging fungal pathogens of crops

2016 – 2019

682

ARC Linkage Project (LP160100700) – Spent grain from brewing industry 2016 – 2019 1,020

ARC Discovery Project (DP180103974) – Oomycete pathogens

2018 – 2020

546

Period Title Duties
2003 – 2006 Coordinator of a Master of Research in Biochemistry (University of Lyon, France)

Lecturer in Biochemistry to equivalent to 3rd and 4th year students;
total of about 120 students

2001 – 2006 Professor of Biochemistry (University of Lyon, France) Lecturer in Biochemistry to 2nd to 5th year students

 

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Exploring a native Australian food resource: Aboriginal and Western understanding of lerps (Psyllidae) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Renee Louise Salagaras
    2016 Principal Supervisor The role of glycosyltransferases in Barley Tip Growth Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Ms Haoyu Lou
    2016 Principal Supervisor Cell Wall Biosynthesis in Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei during Barley Infection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Trang Anh Pham
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2011 - ongoing Member Norwegian Research Council - Assessor Norway
    2008 - ongoing Member the Board of the KTH School of Biotechnology KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
    2005 - 2006 Member Executive Board of The Science Doctoral School University of Lyon France
    2004 - 2006 Member The Pedagogical Commission, Chemistry-Biochemistry Faculty University of Lyon France
    2004 - 2006 Member Faculty Board and restricted Faculty Executive Board University of Lyon France
    2003 - 2006 Member Executive Board, Department of Biochemistry Univerisity of Lyon France
    2002 - 2006 Member Executive Board, Multidisciplinary Institute for the Biochemistry of Lipids Lyon France
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Member Scientific Advisory Committee of the MARPOL Centre Norwegian Research Council Norway
    2011 - 2015 Member Governing Board of the Australian Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Scientific Advisory Committee of the Centre on Lignocellulose Structure and Formation, funded by the Department of Energy (USA); Director: Prof. Cosgrove Department of Energy (USA); Director: Prof. Cosgrove (funded by) United States
    2006 - 2013 Member Steering Committee of the Biomime Centre Sweden
    2004 - 2006 Member Recruitment Committee for Lecturers and Professors in Biochemistry, Biology and Physiology, Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA Engineer School), Lyon France
    2001 - 2006 Member Recruitment Committee for Associate Professors and Professors University of Lyon France
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing CarbOzide Pty Ltd (Founder & Director of the company) University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Director - ARC CoE in Plant Cell Walls
  • Phone: 83132292
  • Email: vincent.bulone@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7116
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Wine Innovation Central, floor 4
  • Room: 4 26
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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