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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
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, ARC QEII), and is currently a full-time researcher at UWA, funded as an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow. Prof Millar serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Proteomics, and BMC Plant Methods.
Key research
Respiration is the process of oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide evolution that yields energy for the growth, development and reproduction of all eukaryotic cells and also many prokaryotic organisms.
Mitochondria are the intracellular organelle responsible for the process of respiration in eukaryotes. Prof Millar's group investigates a range of mitochondrial functions in higher plants using a combination of biochemical and molecular approaches, how these functions are modulated by developmental cues and how they adapt to adverse environmental conditions. Studying mitochondrial function in Arabidopsis, rice and wheat provides a foundation for manipulating plant stress tolerance, plant performance in altered environments and the use of mitochondria as biofactories in plant cells for the synthesis of vitamins.
Prof Millar's research group is situated in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
Key recent reviews:

Millar, A.H., Whelan, J., Small, I. Recent surprises in protein targeting to mitochondria and plastids. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 9: pp 610-615 (2006)

Millar, A.H., Heazlewood, J.L., Kristensen, B., Bruan, H.P., Moller, I.M. The Plant Mitochondrial Proteome. Trends in Plant Science 10: pp 36-43 (2005)

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

- Organelle isolation from plants
- Proteome analysis: 2D gel electrophoresis, image analysis, protein identification by mass spectrometry
- Protein purification: gel filtration, ion exchange, SDS-PAGE electrophoresis, BN-PAGE electrophoresis, native PAGE electrophoresis, western blotting
- Enzymology of mitochondrial proteins and antioxidant defence systems
- Respiration measurement: whole tissues, isolated organelles, in liquid and gas phase, using voltammetric electrodes and GC-MS
- Bioenergetics: O2 electrode, Q electrode 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.
Honours and awards
Peter Goldacre Medal from the Australian Society for Plant Scientists (ASPS 2003)

Premier's Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science for Western Australia (2003)

Science Minister's Prize for Australian Life Scientist of the Year (2005), one of the Prime Minister's Science Prizes.
Dr Millar teaches in the following courses:

GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics
BIOC3351 Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
IMED1100 Normal Systems

His current PhD Students are:

Jason Ito- protein phosphorylation in plant mitochondria
Adam Carroll- plant metabolomics and ribosome proteomics
Yew-Foon Tan- plant mitochondria metallomics
Alex Lee - heterogeneity of the plant mitochondrial proteome
Julian Tonti-Filippini - Genomic visualisation and proteogenomic mapping
Tiago Tomaz - Plant mitochondrial oxidative stress tolerance

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

Dr Boris Baer (ARC QEII Fellow)
Dr Nicolas Taylor (ARC Australian Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Dr Holger Eubel (ARC Australian Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Dr Etienne Meyer (Research Associate)
Dr Shaobai Huang (Research Associate)
Current projects
- Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Function in Plants
- Biogenesis of Mitochondria During Plant Development
- Plant Mitochondria Proteome: Experimental, Prediction and Modelling
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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