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Harvey Millar

Professor Harvey Millar

Molecular Sciences, School of

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School of Molecular Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M316)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7245
+61 8 6488 1148
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Room 4.03, Bayliss Building, Perth campus

Plant Energy Biology, ARC Centre of Excellence in

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ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
The University of Western Australia (M316)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7245
Room 4.03, Bayliss Building, Perth campus
Professor Harvey Millar did his BSc (Hons) and PhD (1997) in plant biochemistry and molecular biology at the Australian National University in Canberra. He has previously held fellowships at The University of Oxford (HFSPO) and at UWA (ARC APD 2000-2002, ARC QEII 2002-2007, ARC APF 2008-2011, ARC Future Fellow 2012-2015), and is currently the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology. Prof Millar serves on the Editorial Board of The Plant Cell, The Biochemical Journal, The Arabidopsis Book, Journal of Proteomics, and BMC Plant Methods.
Key research
Harvey Millar's research focuses on mitochondrial function in plants and the role of metabolism is the energy efficiency of plants. His work has provided key new insights into antioxidant defence pathways in mitochondrial, diurnal rhythms in mitochondrial metabolism, tissue-specific mitochondrial functions, plant-specific features of the electron transport chain, regulatory networks governing respiratory activity in plants, and the mechanisms of mitochondria damage during oxidative stress.
His group is also working on advances in plant proteome analysis to allow measurements of protein turnover rates and targeted quantitation of enzymes in metabolic pathways in both model plants and crops. In international collaborations using novel dataset and software developments, he has been involved in building plant proteome databases, protein location prediction and protein-protein interaction prediction in plants.
Prof Millar's research group is situated in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in the School of Molecular Sciences.
Key recent reviews and papers:

Nelson CJ and Millar AH (2015) Protein turnover in plant biology. Nature Plants 1, 15017

Lee CP, Millar AH (2016) The Plant Mitochondrial Transportome: Balancing Metabolic Demands with Energetic Constraints. Trends Plant Sci. 21(8):662-676

Huang S, Van Aken O, Schwarzländer M, Belt K, Millar AH (2016) Roles of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species in cellular signalling and stress response in plants. Plant Physiol. 171(3):1551-9

Duncan O, Trösch J, Fenske R, Taylor NL, Millar AH. (2017) Resource: Mapping the Triticum aestivum proteome. Plant J. 89(3):601-616

Li L, Nelson CJ, Trösch J, Castleden I, Huang S, Millar AH. (2017) Protein Degradation Rate in Arabidopsis thaliana Leaf Growth and Development. Plant Cell. 29(2):207-228.

For a more detailed publications list, please visit:
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Techniques and Expertise

- Organelle isolation from plants
- Protein subcellular location in plants
- Proteome analysis by peptide mass spectrometry
- Stable isotope labelling of plant components
- Protein purification: gel filtration, ion exchange, SDS-PAGE electrophoresis, BN-PAGE electrophoresis, native PAGE electrophoresis, western blotting
- Enzymology of proteins and antioxidant defence systems
- Respiration measurement: whole tissues, isolated organelles, in liquid and gas phase, using
voltammetric electrodes
- Metabolomics by GC-MS
- Bioenergetics: O2 electrode, and analysis of mitochondrial ETC function.
Funding received
Prof Millar's research is funded by the Australian Research Council through the Discovery, Linkage and Centre's Programmes and by Industry funding from GRDC and Agilent Technologies.
Honours and awards
2017Premier’s Scientist of the Year
Premier of Western Australia Science Awards

2014-2016ISI Highly Cited Researcher
Thomson Reuters ISI - Plant and Animal Sciences

2013Charles Albert Shull Award
American Society of Plant Biologists

2012Fenner Medal for Biology
Australian Academy of Science

2005Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
Prime Minister’s Science Awards 2005, Canberra

2003Premier’s Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science
Premier’s Science Awards 2003, Western Australia

2003Peter Goldacre Medal, Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS)
Prof Millar teaches in the following courses:

BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function

His current PhD Students are:

Sandra Kerbler (2013-2017)
Katherina Belt (2014-)
Jakob Petereit (2015-)
Martyna Broda (2015-
Karzan Silah (2016-)
Akila Wijerathna (2017-)

For PhD or Honours student project enquiries, please email Professor Millar
Useful links
New and noteworthy
Post-doctoral and Independent Researchers

Current projects
- Targeted Proteomics in Arabidopsis, Wheat and Barley
-Measurement of protein turnover and protein aging in plants
-Protein complex assembly in plants
- Oxidative stress and mitochondrial function in plants
- Biogenesis of mitochondria during plant development
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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