DR Heather McFarlane

DR Heather McFarlane




  • Dr. Heather E. McFarlane is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Biosciences, working in the area of plant cell biology. Dr. McFarlane earned her PhD in 2013 from the University of British Columbia (Canada). From 2013-2015, she took up an took up an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology (Germany). In 2015, she relocated to the University of Melbourne as an NSERC Canada Postdoctoral Fellow and a McKenzie Research Fellow. In 2017, she was awarded a DECRA Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. Dr. McFarlane’s research combines live cell imaging, electron microscopy, biochemistry, and genetics to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of plant cell wall signalling in order to understand how plants adjust and maintain their growth under changing conditions.   


Member of

  • American Society of Plant Biologists. Member 2010 -
  • Canadian Society of Plant Biologists. Member 2010 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, The University of British Columbia 2013
  • MSc, McGill University 2008
  • BSc, The University of British Columbia 2006

Awards and honors

  • Womens' Young Investigator Award, American Society of Plant Biologists, 2016
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, 2015


Available for supervision

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