DR Joshua Heazlewood

DR Joshua Heazlewood


  • Plant Biochemistry



  • Joshua Heazlewood holds a BSc (Hons) and PhD from La Trobe University (Australia) in the area of plant molecular biology. After receiving his PhD in 2001, he took a postdoctoral position in the Biochemistry Department at The University of Western Australia (UWA) examining mitochondrial function in plants using proteomic techniques. In 2004 he received a UWA Post-Doctoral Fellowship and in 2005 received an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship to extend and further develop projects around the characterization of plant mitochondria and the respiratory chain complexes in plants. He spent 2007 at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPIMP) in Potsdam-Golm (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow . During this period he employed advanced mass spectrometry techniques to examine protein phosphorylation. This resulted in the development of the first plant phosphorylation database (PhosPhAt ). Towards the end of 2007, he was invited to create a research team at the newly funded US Department of Energy , Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Berkeley, California (USA). While at JBEI (2008 to 2014) he led the Plant Systems Biology research group which developed programs focused on the utilization of proteomics, imaging and bioinformatics on aspects of plant cell wall biosynthesis. In 2013, he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship within the School of Botany at The University of Melbourne (Australia). The research objectives of the Future Fellowship are to relocate technologies and approaches developed at JBEI, principally around plant cell wall biosynthesis. This includes endomembrane separation technologies, computational approaches to investi   


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Additional Grant Information

  • US Department of Energy - Bioenergy Research Centre (2012 – 2017) Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA).

    ARC QEII Fellowship (2009 - 2013) Plant mitochondrial signalling and regulation The University of Western Australia.

    ARC Linkage Infrastructure (2008) MALDI Imaging and Protein Analysis Facility for WA. Equipment and Facilities. The University of Western Australia.

    Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2007) Characterisation of protein phosphorylation in plant mitochondria. Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology (Germany)

    ARC Discovery Grant & ARC Fellowship (2005 - 2008) Protein modifications in plant mitochondria: Towards functional proteomics. The University of Western Australia .

    UWA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2004 - 2005) Protein modifications in plant mitochondria: Towards functional proteomics. The University of Western Australia.   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2001
  • BSc (Hons), La Trobe University 1994