Professor Susanne von Caemmerer is the Centre Deputy Director. Her research focusses on understanding and improving C4 photosynthesis, genetically manipulating the photosynthetic electron transport chain, and developing better leaf and plant photosynthetic models.
Professor Min Chen’s research focuses on elucidating the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of the energy-storing reactions and photo-regulatory processes in photosynthetic organisms, especially the function of red-shifted chlorophylls in oxygenic photosynthetic organisms (cyanobacteria and algae).
Increasing the assimilation of carbon to accelerate breeding for increased grain yields in Australia’s high-performance cropping areas
Professor John Evans’ research focusses on improving light use efficiency and manipulating CO2 diffusion inside leaves. He is internationally renowned for his research on photosynthesis in relation to nitrogen, light and leaf anatomy, and understanding the CO2 diffusion.
Professor Graham Farquhar’s research focuses on integrating mechanistic models of leaf photosynthesis with commonly used crop growth models.
Professor Robert (Bob) Furbank is both Centre Director and Co-Leader of Research Program 3. His research within the Centre focuses on the identification of enhanced photosynthetic properties in crop and model plant germplasm together with interests in improving C4 photosynthesis.
Dr Oula Ghannoum’s research focuses on studying the functional diversity of C4 species and Rubisco catalysis, including the environmental and molecular regulation of C4 photosynthesis and the response of C3 and C4 plants to climate change.
Professor Graeme Hammer’s research focuses on linking leaf function and field performance of crops together with the use of genetic variation to assess consequences of changes in photosynthetic efficiencies on crop growth and yield.
Professor David Jordan’s research focuses on using crop genetic models, particularly sorghum, to understand the genetics and genomics of variation in photosynthetic efficiency.