Current Solomon lab members
Peter completed his undergraduate degree and subsequent PhD studies at The University of Queensland investigating the role of molybdenum containing enzymes in the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus. He then undertook a postdoctoral position at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Denmark investigating the nutritional basis of the tomato-Cladosporium fulvum interaction. In 2000, he moved to the Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens located at Murdoch University in Perth to further investigate fungal-plant interactions using the Parastagonospora nodorum-wheat interaction. In 2008, Peter accepted a Lab Leader position in the Research School of Biology at The Australian National University where his research group is focused on wheat biosecurity. Recently, Peter was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to expand his group's interest to cover the devastating wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici.
Peter is a Executive Member of the Expert Working Group on Control of Wheat Pathogens and Pests within the Wheat Initiative (more details here).The EWG on Control of Wheat Pathogens and Pests aims to facilitate global coordination of efforts to develop management and gene stewardship deployment strategies. These activities are expected to lead to reductions in yield losses due to diseases and pests, and therefore contribute to the enhancement of global food security.
In the recent past, Peter has been a member of the European COST Action FA1208 which is focussed on pathogen-informed strategies for sustainable broad-spectrum crop resistance (more details here).
Peter is also heavily involed in undergraduate teaching at ANU including having co-convening roles in in BIOL3107 (Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry) and BIOL3106 (Biosecurity) as well as contributing to BIOL3177 (Advances in Plant Science) and supervising BIOL3208 projects.
Dr. Megan McDonald (email)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Characterisation of the Zymoseptoria tritici - wheat interaction
Areas of Expertise: Evolutionary Biology, Phylogeny And Comparative Analysis, Host Parasite Interactions, Genomics, Mycology
More information can be found here on Megan's skills and publications.
Dr. Bayantes Dagvadorj (email)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dissecting the molecular basis of effector-triggered susceptibility
Areas of Expertise: Protein interactions, Expression of proteins in model plant systems, Co-immunoprecitations
More information can be found here on Bayantes's skills and publications.
Hassena Khan (email)
The development and application of gene editing in the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici
Chen Wang (email)
Identifying pathogenicity factors in the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici
Haochen Wei (email)
Using RNAseq to dissect disease mechanisms in the cereal pathogen Bipolaris sorokiniana
Yi-Chang Sun (email)
Dissection of the Tox3-PR1 protein interaction in the Parastagonospora nodorum-wheat interaction
Reynaldi (Rey) Darma (email)
Characterisation of the Rhynchosporium commune - barley interaction
Erin Hill (email)
Characterising secretory pathways in dothideomycete wheat and barley pathogens
Ayiri Zelinsky (email)
Honours Student (in collaboration with Dr. Simon Williams)
Investigating Tox3 expression and folding