Professor of Crop Physiology and Plant Nutrition
BSc (Hons) (Automation and Control Systems) 1984 (Kishinev Polytechnic Institute, Moldova)
PhD (Plant Physiology) 1989 (Inst. Exp. Botany, Minsk, Byelorussia)
|Contact Campus||Sandy Bay Campus|
|Building||Life Sciences Building|
|Telephone||+61 3 6226 7539|
|Fax||+61 3 6226 7444|
I teach three undergraduate courses at University of Tasmania: Crop Physiology (KLA214); Crop Production (KLA257); Horticultural Science (KLA365/465). My other major role is a Research Higher Degree Coordinator. I have also successfully supervised to completion 22 Honours students and 12 PhD students.
I live and work in Australia since 1995. I lead highly vibrant Stress Physiology Research group that currently includes 3 post-doctoral research fellows, one technician, and 12 PhD students from 8 different countries. Over the last 17 years I have published over 100 peer reviewed papers, 12 book chapters, and have edited five books. My work has been cited over 2400 times (Scopus, March 2012), and my current h-index is 29. Over the last 10 years I have attracted over $5M in competitive research funding, including seven ARC Discovery grants (in all but one as the 1st named CI). I gave ~ 40 invited talks at various institutional seminars in 16 countries, and made 160 conference presentations at various national and international conferences (25 of these as an invited speaker).
I am currently ranked within top 0.5% scientists working in the area of Plant and Animal Science according to ISI Essential Science Indicators ranking. I am currently serving as an Editor or advisory board member on five international journals: Journal of Experimental Botany; Functional Plant Biology; Plant and Soil; Frontiers in Plant Biophysics and Modelling; and Plant Signalling and Behaviour. Over the last 10 years I have reviewed over 300 papers for 61 international journals, ~60 competitive grants for major national funding agencies (including ARC, BBSRC, USDA, NSF, and NSERC) in eight countries, and 16 RHD theses for candidates from seven countries.
My major expertise is in the area of stress physiology and membrane transport. The group's research focus is on plant adaptive responses to environment (salinity, oxidative stress, extreme temperatures, soil acidity, drought, waterlogging, nutritional disorders, biotic stresses). I am also involved in a range of projects dealing with bacteria, yeast and fungi. The "cornerstone" of all projects is the crucial role of cell membranes (and, therefore, membrane-transport processes) in cell-environment interaction. Research projects range from molecular (patch-clamp studies of membrane transport proteins) to the whole plant level. Most of projects use the MIFE technique, a non-invasive microelectrode technique for measurements on net ion fluxes from plant cells and tissues. I am also interested in various aspects of cell temporal organization (ultradian oscillations and circadian rhythms) and mechanisms of programed cell death, both in plant and animal systems.
Authorised by the Head of School, Agricultural Science
24 April, 2013