Personal details

Name
Dr Brett Williams
Position(s)
Senior Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Discipline *
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Agricultural Biotechnology, Manufacturing Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 1696
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS)
  •  American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
Keywords

Transcriptomics, Programmed Cell Death, Apoptosis, Autophagy, Resurrection Plant, Metabolomics, Desiccation tolerance, Plant Nutrition, Tropical Pulses

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Brett Williams is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB).  Brett joined the centre in 2010 and has been researching the molecular dissection of programmed cell death pathways in plants using next generation transcriptomics of a novel Australian resurrection grass. Prior to working at the CAB Brett received his BS and Ph. D., both at QUT, in the laboratory of Distinguished Professor James Dale, where he focused on the development of a novel virus-inducible protein expression system in plants. Following his PhD studies, Brett travelled to Texas A & M University in the US where he worked in the lab of Professor Martin Dickman, studying plant Programmed Cell Death (PCD) pathways in response to biotic and abiotic stimuli. Brett’s research has led to several key discoveries including the observation that members of the Arabidopsis Bcl-2 athanogene (BAG) family are dispersed in a variety of sub-cellular organelles. He also showed temporal induction of plant PCD pathways as a key pathogenicity factor of the potent necrotrophic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Brett is the associate supervisor of seven PhD students. Over the years Brett has attracted significant research funding, he is/was also the co-PI on several projects funded from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (USA), QUT Bluebox and the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF). Currently, Brett holds a Senior Advance QLD Research Fellowship awarded by the Queensland Government.

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Teaching

Teaching discipline: Cell & Molecular Biosciences Teaching areas:

  • Plant Biology (BVB203)
  • Grand Challenges in Science – Food Security (SEB104)
  • Comparative & Evolutionary Genomics (BVB330)
  • Microbiology and the Environment (BVB305)
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Experience

  • 2018 – current – Senior Advance QLD Research Fellowship
  • 2015 – 2017 – Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, QUT
  • 2010 – 2015 – Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
  • 2007 – 2009 – Post-doctoral Research Associate, Texas A & M University
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Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2020
Details
Genetics and Molecular Biology Representative
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2018
Details
Chinese Academy of Sciences President's International Fellowship
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2017
Details
Advance QLD Senior Research Fellowship
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
Chair of the Combio2016 Early Career Development Forum
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2016
Details
Australian Academy of Science "Science at the Shine Dome" Travel Award
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2016
Details
American Society of Plant Biologists Travel Award
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2015
Details
QUT Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Co-chair of the B3 Big Biology and Bioinformatics symposium
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2014
Details
Editorial Board for Molecular Plant Pathology 2014 - current
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2013
Details
Gates Foundation Agricultural Research Connections Workshop Travel Award

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Development of drought tolerant rice and mustard using a two-pronged approach and novel genes identified from resurrection
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
AISRF08240
Start year
2014
Keywords
Drought Tolerance; Resurrection; Rice

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Enhancing insect resistance in pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan)
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Sagadevan Mundree, Dr Thi My Linh Hoang
  • Anthocyanins as sensors for stress in plants
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Roger Hellens
  • Molecular Characterisation and Identification of Pseudomonas Savastanoi PV. Phaseolicola, Infecting Mungbeans in Australia
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Sagadevan Mundree
  • Regulation of Plant Programmed Cell Death By Energy Metabolism in The Australian Resurrection Grass Tripogon Loliiformis
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Sagadevan Mundree

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)