PROF Staffan Persson

PROF Staffan Persson


  • Plant Cell Biology (Plant Physiology)



  • Staffan Persson completed his PhD in Dec, 2003, which was a joint degree between Lund University (Sweden) and North Carolina State University (US). He then pursued a postdoc at the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford University 2004-2007. Staffan was appointed as a Max-Planck Group Leader at the MPI for Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam in 2008, where he stayed until 2014. Since Jan 2015 Staffan is a R@MAP Professor and an ARC Future Fellow (level 3) at the School of BioSciences at University of Melbourne. He is a Thomson Reuter/Web of Science highly cited researcher 2016 and 2017. The research in his group aims at understanding how plants are producing cellulose, which is the most abundant biopolymer on Earth and that is a raw material for many applications in our society.

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Member of

  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS). Member 2016 -
  • The Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB). Member 2016 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, Lund University 2003

Awards and honors

  • ARC Future Fellow level 3, 2017
  • ChangJiang scholar, HZAU/China, 2013


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • We have several projects ongoing in the realm of plant cell biology. Current projects: How do plants maintain growth on saline soil? What connects the cytoskeleton to the membrane in plant cells? Can we predict and find new members of the protein complex that makes cellulose? Computational modeling of intracellular processes to better understand how the plant cell works.
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