I study plant nutrition and abiotic stress tolerance. My main interests are how nutrient elements enter plants, how they are transported around plants and how they are stored. I also study how toxic elements are excluded from plant cells. The aim of my research is to create more nutritious plants for human and animal consumption, or more productive plants in the face of abiotic stresses. For more information see my news and twitter links below, and my publications.
My current research focuses specifically on calcium (Ca2+) storage and signalling in plants, and salt (Na+ and Cl-) tolerance. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), The Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation (GWRDC), Fosters Group and The University of Adelaide.
2006-2012 Senior Research Fellow. School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Australia.
2002-2006 BBSRC Postdoctoral Associate. Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, U.K. Characterisation of ion channel selectivity by novel electrophysiological method. (Supervisors: Dr. J.M. Davies & Professor M. Tester)
2003-2004 BBSRC Wain International Research Fellow. Discipline of Wine and Horticulture, University of Adelaide, Australia. Integration of microelectrode based ion-flux measurement with patch clamp electrophysiology. (with Professor S.D. Tyerman)
This Fellowship is advertised nationally and awarded competitively by the BBSRC.
1998-2002 Ph.D.inPlant Science Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, U.K & Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, U.K. Regulation of anion channels in maize stele by water stress. (Supervisor: Dr. M. Tester)
BBSRC funded; Awarded Departmental Frank Smart Studentship (1999-2002) for progress and achievements during my Ph.D. studies.
Graduate Student Representative, Plant Sciences (1999-2002) MCR President, Gonville and Caius College (2000-2001)
1994-1997 B.Sc. (Hons) in Ecology, First Class. Lancaster University, U.K. Dissertation: Drought response of two calcicolous grassland species. (Supervisor: Professor W.J. Davies)
1995-1996 Exchange Scholarship (as part of BSc. awarded from Lancaster) University of Calgary, Canada. Dissertation (literature-based): Environmental Plant Physiology (Supervisor: Dr. D.M. Reid)
1. Roy SJ, Conn SJ, Mayo GM, Athman A, Gilliham M (in press) Transcriptomics on small samples. In, Methods in Molecular Biology: Plant Salt Tolerance. Eds. Shabala S. and Cuin T.Humana Press, N.J., USA. Accepted 22 August 2011.
2. Tyerman SD, Vandeleur RK, Shelden MC, Tilbrook J, Mayo GM, Gilliham M, Kaiser BN (2009) Water transport and aquaporins in grapevine. In, Grapevine Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology. Eds. Roubelakis-Angelakis KA. Springer Publishers, The Netherlands. pp. 73-104.
5. Munns R, James RA, Xu B, Athman A, Conn SJ, Jordans C, Byrt CS, Hare RA, Tyerman SD, Tester M, Plett D, Gilliham M (2012) Wheat grain yeild on saline soils is improved by ancestral sodium transporter gene. Nature Biotechnology doi:10.1038/nbt.2120
6. Conn SJ, Berninger P, Broadley MR, Gilliham M (2012) Exploiting natural variation to uncover candidate genes that control element accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist. 193: 859-866.
7. Gilliham M, Athman A, Tyerman SD, Conn SJ (2011) Cell-specific compartmentation of mineral nutrients is an essential mechanism for optimal plant productivity; another role for TPC1? Plant Signaling Behavior 6:1656-1661.
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