Peter M. Gresshoff

University of Queensland, Australia


Peter M. Gresshoff is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research, an AU$ 38 million research effort over eight years, headquartered at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is widely published in the area of plant molecular biology and legume nodulation, with over 230 publications and almost 40 book chapters. He is a member of the editorial boards of six peer-reviewed journals, and Coeditor of Plant Genomics and Genetics. Peter received his B.S. degree in biochemistry and genetics from the University of Alberta in 1970, before moving to Canberra, Australia, to complete both his Ph.D. degree in plant somatic cell genetics and his Doctor of Science degree in nodulation genetics of legumes in 1973 and 1989, respectively. After completing an eight-year tenure as a Senior Lecturer in genetics at the Australian National University (ANU), Peter spent 11 years as a Professor of plant molecular genetics and Lab Head at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus, before returning to Australia to take up the position of Head of the Botany Department during 1999-2000 and Head of the School of Life Sciences during 2000-2002 both at the University of Queensland, Australia. His current research area is molecular genetics of plant development with special emphasis on nodulation and nitrogen fixation in legumes. More recently, he has been an invited member of a delegation of scientists advising the State Government and Premier of Queensland to BIO2003, BIO2004, and BIO2005, and a member of the review teams for the EU-GLIP and Hungarian Edward Teller program, both in 2006.

Biography Updated on 24 May 2007

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