Professor Vincent Bulone

Professor Vincent Bulone
 Position Director Adelaide Glycomics / Research Director Fight Food Waste CRC / Director Res Consort Program for Ag Prod Dev
 Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
 Telephone +61 8 8313 2292
 Location Floor/Room 4 26 ,  Wine Innovation Central ,   Waite
  • Biography/ Background

    For more information on Vincent's research, please visit his Researcher Profile page.


    • 2018 - current: Director of South Australia Department of State Development (DSD) Research Consortium Program (RCP) for Agricultural Product Development; University of Adelaide
    • 2018 - current: Research Director of Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)
    • 2016 - current: Director of Adelaide Glycomics; A collaboration between the University of Adelaide & Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd
      (A Partner Laboratory for Complex Carbohydrate Analysis)
    • 2018 - current: Director of Global Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine; University of Adelaide
    • 2008 - current: Head of the Department of Glycoscience & Professor in Plant Glycobiology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Biotechnology), Sweden


    • 2015 - 2018: Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls (ARC CoE PCW); University of Adelaide, Australia  (The ARC CoE PCW is a $32 million collaboration between the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland in partnership with five international institutions.)
    • 2011 - 2015: Director of the KTH Advanced Carbohydrate Materials Consortium (CarboMat, Sweden); funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas - 30 million SEK (~ 4.8 million AUD)
    • 2009 - 2013: Director of Biomime (‘Swedish Centre for Biomimetic Fibre Engineering'; funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research - 61 million SEK (~ 10 million AUD)
    • 2008 - 2009: Deputy Director of Biomime
    • 2006 - 2007:Guest Professor in Plant Glycobiology, KTH Biotechnology, Sweden; 100% research
    • 2001 - 2006: Full Professor of Biochemistry (University of Lyon, France) and Head of a laboratory
      Research: (40%) Biosynthesis of plant and fungal cell wall polysaccharides: biochemical and biophysical approaches for the study of membrane-bound glycosyltransferases and the polysaccharides synthesized by these enzymes
      Teaching Duties: (60%) Lectures and practical courses in Biochemistry (192 hours/year; 2nd to 5th year students); responsible for practical courses for 600 students
    • 2003-2006: Coordinator of a Master of Research in Biochemistry (equivalent to 3rd and 4th year students; total of about 120 students)
    • 1996 - 2001: Associate Professor (University of Grenoble, ‘Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales', France) Research: (40%) As above Teaching Duties: (60%) Lectures and practical courses in Biochemistry (192 hours/year; 2nd to 5th year students); responsible for practical courses for 600 students
    • 1995 - 1996: Post-doctoral position, Department of Pharmacy, Oslo University, Norway Research: Purification & characterisation of horse dander major allergens (glycoproteins)
    • 1993 - 1995: Post-doctoral position, School of Biochemistry, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia Research: Characterization of the Italian ryegrass (1→3)- β-glucan synthase
    • 1992 - 1993: Scientist during military service, Marseille, France
  • Qualifications

    Academic Qualifications

    • 1988 Master of Science (Maîtrise) in Biochemistry, University of Lyon, France
    • 1989 Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Genetics, Differentiation and Immunology (5th year Univ. Degree between Master and PhD studies); University of Lyon, France
    • 1992 PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Lyon, France
    • 1999 Accreditation to supervise research in Biology and Biochemistry (HDR degree: “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches”), University of Grenoble, France
  • Awards & Achievements

    • Bruce A. Stone Award for Excellence in Cell Wall Polysaccharide Biochemistry (2010)
    • Recipient of 3 International Research Fellowships: Australian Research Council, 1994 - 95, Melbourne; EU Fellowship, 1996, Oslo; Japan Soc. for Promotion of Science, 2006, Kyoto
    • Principal Investigator (PI) of several international research grants on polysaccharide biosynthesis  e.g., EU-funded contracts ‘EDEN' (2001 - 2005);‘RENEWALL' (2008 - 2012); 'CBOP' (2011 - 2013);‘MULTIBIOPRO' (2012 - 2016);‘Nano3Bio' (2014 - 2018); ‘ULTRAPROMAT' (2014 - 2017); EU-funded Initial Training Network ‘SAPRO' (2009 - 2013); EraNet 'Mar3Bio' (2016-2019)
    • PI of industrial contracts direct contracts with, e.g., with Hercules Inc. (USA); BioSerae S.A. (France); Bayer CropScience (Belgium) (2009-2015); and contract through EU grants with, e.g., with Schering-Plough (2009 - 2013), SweTree Technologies (2008 - 2013), etc.
  • Research Interests

    • Biosynthesis of plant, fungal and oomycete cell wall polysaccharides: biochemical and biophysical approaches for the study of membrane-bound complexes with glycosyltransferase activity and characterisation of the corresponding polysaccharides, with particular emphasis on cellulose, (1→3)-β-D-glucan and chitin biosynthesis
    • Metabolic engineering of plant and microbial polysaccharide biosynthetic pathways
    • Quantitative proteomics; Protein/lipid interactions
    • Engineering and characterization of carbohydrate-based composites
    • Applied aspects of carbohydrate biosynthetic pathways, including aspects relevant to the following sectors: food sustainability, bioenergy, biomaterials, biorefinery, anti-fungal and anti-oomycete inhibitors and herbicides

    For more information on Vincent's research, please visit his Researcher Profile page.

  • Publications

    Examples of 10 Significant Publications

    1. Ming et al., Bulone V (2015) The pineapple genome and the evolution of CAM photosynthesis. Nature Genetics 47: 1435–1442
    2. Fernandes SC et al., Bulone V (2015) Exploiting mycosporines as natural molecular sunscreens for the fabrication of UV-absorbing green materials.  ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 7: 16558–16564
    3. Mélida H, Sain D, et al., Bulone V. (2015) Deciphering the uniqueness of Mucoromycotina cell walls by combining biochemical and phylogenomic approaches. Environ Microbiol 17: 1649–1662
    4. Omadjela O, Narahari A, et al., Bulone V, Zimmer J (2013) BcsA and BcsB form the catalytically active core of bacterial cellulose synthase sufficient for in vitro cellulose synthesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110:17856-17861
    5. Srivastava V, Malm E, et al., Bulone V (2013) Quantitative proteomics reveals that plasma membrane microdomains from poplar cell suspension cultures are enriched in markers of signal transduction, molecular transport and callose biosynthesis. Mol Cell Proteom 12: 3874-3885
    6. Mélida H, Sandoval-Sierra JV, et al., Bulone V (2013) Analyses of extracellular carbohydrates in oomycetes unveil the existence of three different cell wall types. Eukaryot Cell 12: 194-203
    7. Brown C, Leijon F, Bulone V (2012) Radiometric and spectrophotometric in vitro assays of glycosyltransferases involved in plant cell wall carbohydrate biosynthesis.  Nat Protoc 7: 1634-1650
    8. Guerriero G, Avino M, et al., Bulone V (2010) Chitin synthases from Saprolegnia are involved in tip growth and represent a potential target for anti-oomycete drugs. PLoS Pathog. 6(8): e1001070
    9. Haas BJ et al., Bulone V et al. (2009) Genome sequence and analysis of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans. Nature 461: 393-398
    10. Bessueille L, Sindt N, et al., Bulone V (2009) Plasma membrane microdomains from hybrid aspen cells are involved in cell wall polysaccharide biosynthesis. Biochem. J. 420: 93-103
  • Professional Associations

    Commissions of Trust

    • 2015 - current Strategic Development Group of the Waite Campus, University of Adelaide
    • 2014 - current Assessor for the Australian Research Council
    • 2013 - current Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the MARPOL Centre (Valorisation of marine polysaccharides; Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Norwegian Research Council
    • 2011 - 2015 Member of the Governing Board of the Australian Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls
    • 2011 - current Assessor for the Norwegian Research Council
    • 2010 - current Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Centre on Lignocellulose Structure and Formation, funded by the Department of Energy (USA); Director: Prof. Cosgrove
    • 2008 - current Member of the Board of the School of Biotechnology, KTH
    • 2006 - 2013 Member of the Steering Committee of the Biomime Centre, Stockholm
    • 2005 - 2006 Member of the Executive Board of the Science Doctoral School, University of Lyon
    • 2004 – 2006 Member of the Pedagogical Commission, Chemistry-Biochemistry Faculty, University of Lyon
    • 2004 - 2006 Recruitment Committee for Lecturers and Professors in Biochemistry, Biology and Physiology, ‘Institut National des Sciences Appliquées' (INSA, Engineer School), Lyon
    • 2004 - 2006 Faculty Board and restricted Faculty Executive Board, University of Lyon
    • 2003 - 2006 Executive Board, Department of Biochemistry, University of Lyon
    • 2002 - 2006 Executive Board, Multidisciplinary Institute for the Biochemistry of Lipids, Lyon
    • 2001 - 2012 Advisor for the biotechnology company BioSerae S.A. (France)
    • 2001 - 2006 Recruitment Committee for Associate Professors and Professors, University of Lyon
    • 2001 - current Regular evaluator of grant applications for, e.g., the European Research Council (EC), BBSRC (UK), ANR (France), Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium), Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS (Belgium), Austrian Council for Research & Technology, NRF (National Research Foundation, Singapore), Marsden Fund (Royal Society of New Zealand), NSF (USA)
    • 2000 - 2001 Executive Board, ‘Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales', CNRS, Grenoble
    • 1998 - 2001 Recruitment Committee for Associate Professors in Biochemistry, University of Grenoble

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