Professor Ute Roessner AM
Project Leader, Theme 3 - Microbiome interactions
Prof Roessner is an international leader in plant biochemistry, metabolomics, lipidomics and mass spectrometry. She leads a project in Theme 3 investigating plant signaling and uptake of nitrogen fertiliser. Ute has a PhD in Plant Biochemistry (Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany) in which she developed novel GC-MS methods to analyse metabolites in plants, which together with the application of sophisticated data mining underpins the field of metabolomics. She played a leading role in establishing a metabolomics platform as part of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (2003) and in Metabolomics Australia (2007). In 2013, Prof Roessner was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to apply Imaging Mass Spectrometry for spatial metabolite and lipid analyses to understand root metabolism under salinity stress. In 2018, Prof Roessner took up the position as Head of School, School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne. In 2021 Ute was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to tertiary education, particularly to the biosciences.