Honours Opportunities


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The ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis is currently looking for Honours students interested in photosynthesis research projects.

Our Honours projects provide training in a cutting edge techniques; spanning laboratory and field science, genetics, biochemistry, physiology and modelling. You will work with internationally recognised scientists on exciting projects that are tackling real-world problems, such as climate change and food security.

The Centre has state-of-the-art plant science research facilities at its six nodes, including ANU, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, CSIRO and the International Institute for Rice Research (IRRI) located in the Philippines.



We provide students with an unique opportunity to work with internationally recognised leaders in exciting photosynthesis research projects from one of the following programs:



Contacts and topics for potential Honours projects in 2018 include:

Identification of genotypic variability in wheat and sorghum. Available at the University of Queensland.

Talk to: Graeme Hammer  

Unravelling the mysteries of C4 photosynthesis to boost crop production
Talk to: Robert Furbank robert.furbank@anu.edu.au, Susanne von Caemmerer  susanne.caemmerer@anu.edu.au

Tools and techniques for measuring photosynthesis in the field
Talk to: Robert Furbank  robert.furbank@anu.edu.au, Tony Condon tony.condon@csiro.au

Understanding CO2 diffusion inside leaves
Talk to: John Evans john.evans@anu.edu.au

Capturing light, driving productivity
Talk to: John Evans  john.evans@anu.edu.au, Susanne von Caemmerer  susanne.cammerer@anu.edu.au

Using cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporters to enhance crop photosynthesis

Talk to:  Dean Price dean.price@anu.edu.au

Electron transport and ATP synthesis in chloroplasts (More details here)

Talk to: Hannah Birke  hannah.birke@anu.edu.au, Susanne von Caemmerer  susanne.cammerer@anu.edu.au

Supercharging plant CO2  assimilation – towards addressing the concerns of food security
Talk to:  Spencer Whitney spencer.whitney@anu.edu.au

For more information about Centre scholarships for Honours students at The Australian National University (ANU)  click here.