Professor, Food & Agricultural Proteomics / Edith Cowan University
Dr Michelle Colgrave is using mass spectrometry (MS) and proteomics to help identify key proteins that will benefit Australia's livestock & plant industries and improve human health. Proteomics is the study of proteins using mass spectrometry. Dr Colgrave is working to identify novel proteins and characterise their function and post-translational modifications. Since joining CSIRO in 2007, she has applied proteomic approaches to diverse biological systems, ensuring the success of projects as well as production of high quality publications (Molecular Endocrinology, PloS ONE, Journal of Proteome Research, Proteomics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology). Since 2010, Dr Colgrave has applied MS techniques for the quantification of gluten (hordeins in barley; gliadins and glutenins in wheat). The success of this research has been recognised by receipt of the Chairman's Medal in 2016, the Plant Industry Research Achievement Award (2014), the Payne-Scott Award (2014), and the John Philip Award for Promotion of Excellence in Young Scientists (2012).