Jenny Smith

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Jenny Smith

Technical Officer - Optogenetics & Protein Engineering

Room 437-03, Level 4 , MS2

+61 3 6226 5509 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7704 (fax)

Jenny’s work has been in biological and medical sciences in laboratory management and technical and fieldwork roles for research and teaching in Plant Science and in Medicine. Her current role is Laboratory Manager in the Optogenetics and Protein Engineering Laboratory (Neuroscience) in the School of Medicine at UTAS.


Professional practice

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Research Themes

The lab aims to develop novel biochemical and chemical biochemical tools to study fundamental neuroscience questions. These tools can be used by biologists to understand how cellular events lead to behavioural effects in neuroscience, and detect the cellular events that occur during the performance of a behaviour. The laboratory utilises a multi-discipline approach to tackle these scientific questions and we utilise protein-engineering, physiological, optical, molecular biological, chemical and biochemical techniques to develop and assay the tools.

Previously Jenny has worked in lab management and technical roles in Plant Science in Developmental Genetics, Eucalypt Genetics, and Cell Biology & Biotechnology and in the teaching program.

Fields of Research

  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Plant cell and molecular biology (310803)
  • Genetics (310599)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Environmentally sustainable plant production (260199)
  • Horticultural crops (260599)
  • Field grown vegetable crops (260505)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Grain legumes (260303)


Total publications


Journal Article

(14 outputs)
2017McAdam EL, Meitzel T, Quittenden LJ, Davidson SE, Dalmais M, et al., 'Evidence that auxin is required for normal seed size and starch synthesis in pea', New Phytologist, 216, (1) pp. 193-204. ISSN 0028-646X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/nph.14690 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 34

Co-authors: McAdam EL; Quittenden LJ; Davidson SE; Nichols DS; Urquhart S; Gelinas-Marion A; Ross JJ


2010McKinnon GE, Smith JJ, Potts BM, 'Recurrent nuclear DNA introgression accompanies chloroplast DNA exchange between two eucalypt species', Molecular Ecology, 19, (7) pp. 1367-1380. ISSN 0962-1083 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294x.2010.04579.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 50Web of Science - 47

Co-authors: McKinnon GE; Potts BM


2008Symons GM, Smith JJ, Nomura T, Davies NW, Yokota T, et al., 'The hormonal regulation of de-etiolation', Planta, 227, (5) pp. 1115-1125. ISSN 0032-0935 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00425-007-0685-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Symons GM; Davies NW; Reid JB


2007Jager C, Symons GM, Nomura T, Yamada Y, Smith JJ, et al., 'Characterization of two brassinosteroid C-6 oxidase genes in pea', Plant Physiology, 143, (4) pp. 1894-1904. ISSN 0032-0889 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.106.093088 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 37

Co-authors: Jager C; Symons GM; Weller JL; Reid JB


2005Jager C, Symons GM, Ross JJ, Smith JJ, Reid JB, 'The brassinosteroid growth response in pea is not mediated by changes in gibberellin content', Planta, 221, (1) pp. 141-148. ISSN 0032-0935 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00425-004-1454-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 52Web of Science - 48

Co-authors: Jager C; Symons GM; Ross JJ; Reid JB


2004Davidson SE, Smith JJ, Helliwell CA, Poole AT, Reid JB, 'The Pea Gene LH Encodes ent-Kaurene Oxidase', Plant Physiology, 134, (3) pp. 1123-1134. ISSN 0032-0889 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.103.032706 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 59Web of Science - 52

Co-authors: Davidson SE; Reid JB


2004Nomura T, Jager C, Kitasaka Y, Takeuchi K, Fukami M, et al., 'Brassinosteroid Deficiency Due to Truncated Steroid 5α-Reductase Causes Dwarfism in the lk Mutant of Pea', Plant Physiology, 135, (4) pp. 2220-2229. ISSN 0032-0889 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.104.043786 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 42

Co-authors: Jager C; Kerckhoffs LH; Reid JB


2004Weller JL, Batge SL, Smith JJ, Kerckhoffs LH, Sineshchekov VA, et al., 'A Dominant Mutation in the Pea PHYA Gene Confers Enhanced Responses to Light and Impairs the Light-Dependent Degradation of Phytochrome A', Plant Physiology, 135, (4) pp. 2186-2195. ISSN 0032-0889 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.103.036103 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 35

Co-authors: Weller JL; Kerckhoffs LH; Murfet IC; Reid JB


2004Wolbang CM, Chandler PM, Smith JJ, Ross JJ, 'Auxin from the Developing Inflorescence Is Required for the Biosynthesis of Active Gibberellins in Barley Stems', Plant Physiology, 134, (2) pp. 769-776. ISSN 0032-0889 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.103.030460 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 108Web of Science - 98

Co-authors: Wolbang CM; Ross JJ


2003Ross JJ, Davidson SE, Wolbang CM, Bayly-Stark E, Smith JJ, et al., 'Developmental regulation of the gibberellin pathway in pea shoots', Functional Plant Biology, 30, (1) pp. 83-89. ISSN 1445-4408 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/FP02108 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Ross JJ; Davidson SE; Wolbang CM; Bayly-Stark E; Reid JB


2002Reid JB, Botwright NA, Smith JJ, O'Neill DP, Kerckhoffs LH, 'Control of gibberellin levels and gene expression during de-etiolation in pea', Plant Physiology, 128, (2) pp. 734-741. ISSN 0032-0889 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.010607 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 69Web of Science - 62

Co-authors: Reid JB; Botwright NA; O'Neill DP; Kerckhoffs LH


2001Elliott RC, Ross JJ, Smith JJ, Lester DR, Reid JB, 'Feed-Forward Regulation of Gibberellin Deactivation in Pea', Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 20, (1) pp. 87-94. ISSN 0721-7595 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s003440010004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 56Web of Science - 52

Co-authors: Elliott RC; Ross JJ; Reid JB


2000Ross JJ, O'Neill DP, Smith JJ, Kerckhoffs LH, Elliott RC, 'Evidence that auxin promotes gibberellin A1 biosynthesis in pea', The Plant Journal, 21, (6) pp. 547-552. ISSN 0960-7412 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-313x.2000.00702.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 215Web of Science - 210

Co-authors: Ross JJ; O'Neill DP; Kerckhoffs LH; Elliott RC


1999Lester DR, Ross JJ, Smith JJ, Elliott RC, Reid JB, 'Gibberellin 2-oxidation and the SLN gene of Pisum sativum', The Plant Journal, 19, (1) pp. 65-73. ISSN 0960-7412 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-313X.1999.00501.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 114Web of Science - 110

Co-authors: Lester DR; Ross JJ; Elliott RC; Reid JB


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2004Davidson SE, Weller JL, Smith JJ, Helliwell CA, Poole AT, et al., 'The lh mutants in pea block ent-kaurene oxidation in a tissue specific manner', IPGSA Conference 2004, 20-24 September 2004, Australian National University Canberra, pp. 116. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davidson SE; Weller JL; Reid JB

2004Davidson SE, Weller JL, Smith JJ, Helliwell CA, Poole AT, et al., 'Allele specific phenotypes in lh mutants of pea', ComBio 2004 Combined Conference Abstracts, 26-30 September, Intercontinental Burswood Resort, Perth, pp. 148. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davidson SE; Weller JL; Reid JB

2004Foo E, Platten JD, Smith JJ, Ross JJ, Weller JL, et al., 'phya and cry1 are both required for regulation of gibbereelin levels under blue light', IPGSA Conference 2004, 20-24 September 2004, Australian National University Canberra, pp. 129. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Foo E; Platten JD; Ross JJ; Weller JL; Reid JB

2004Jager C, Ross JJ, Smith JJ, Symons GM, Reid JB, 'Gibberellins do not mediate the brassinosteroid response in pea', IPGSA Conference 2004, 20-24 September 2004, Australian National University Canberra, pp. 46. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jager C; Ross JJ; Symons GM; Reid JB