Australian National University

BobProfessor Robert Furbank Bob takes over as Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis at ANU in January 2016, having previously been Director of the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre at CSIRO from 2009 until 2014. Bob’s research is focused on improving photosynthesis and carbon partitioning traits in crop plants for increased yield. He works on both C3 and C4 photosynthesis and spans approaches from the molecular regulation of transcription to phenomics in the field.  He is passionate about developing translational links between basic plant biology and agricultural outcomes.

SusanneVonCaemmererProfessor Susanne von Caemmerer Susanne is Professor of Molecular Plant Physiology at ANU.  Her research is in CO2 fixation including the biochemistry of C3 and C4 photosynthesis and the regulation of CO2 diffusion in leaves. She has worked across scales in biochemistry, molecular biology and whole plant physiology combining mathematical modelling approaches with experimental verification. She was part of a team that presented a mathematical model of C3 photosynthesis, which is now used worldwide. She is an elected Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the German Academy of Scientists.

Hugo Alonso-CantabranaDr Hugo Alonso-Cantabrana Hugo is a postdoc in the von Caemmerer Lab at ANU. He gained a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University Miguel Hernandez, Spain and a Masters in Bioengineering from the University of Alicante, Spain. His research involves the use of molecular biology tools to genetically modify key components of the photosynthetic machinery in both rice and Setaria viridis; he then analyses the effect of these modifications on photosynthesis at the whole leaf level, measuring gas exchange, carbon isotope discrimination and enzyme activities.


Florence-DanilaFlorence Danila Flor is currently a PhD student at ANU under the supervision of Susanne von Caemmerer and Bob Furbank. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines and then spent 7 years as a Research Assistant at IRRI before moving to ANU. Her research compares symplastic transport mechanisms between C3 and C4 monocot species with a focus on plasmodesmata. She has been awarded a number of scholarships including the Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship (IRRI), an HDR Merit Scholarship (ANU), and a Postgraduate Research Scholarship for her PhD.