Vivien (Viv) is a biologist with a keen interest in tackling complex cellular, developmental and physiological processes using a combination of molecular biology and state-of-the-art microscopy.
Viv received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Vienna where he worked with Dr. Juergen Knoblich (IMBA, Austria) on the balance between proliferation and cell differentiation in Drosophila neural stem cell lineages. Viv then moved to The Australian National University to do a short postdoc with Prof. Marilyn Ball where he studied the mechanisms of in vitro and in vivo embolism resorption in angiosperms.
Viv then worked as a postdoc at the Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis with Prof. Dean Price and Prof. Murray Badger (ANU) during which he worked on trying to enhance photosynthesis by implementing components of the cyanobacterial CO2-concentrating mechanism into higher plants, with the long-term goal of improving crop yield.
More specifically, he worked on identifying ways to redirect cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporters to the chloroplast envelope of C3 plants.
Viv is now a Research Scientist at CSIRO where he continues to work on various problematics relating to membrane protein targeting and function