Emeritus Professor David Day

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor

College of Science and Engineering

+61 8 82015205
place Bedford Park (326)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I was awarded my PhD from Adelaide University and undertook postdoctoral studies in the United States before joining CSIRO as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow. I subsequently moved to ANU where eventually I became Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1995. In 1999, I took up the Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia and later moved to the University of Sydney where I was Executive Dean of the Faculties of Science. I returned to Adelaide at the end of 2009 to take up the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Flinders University. I retired from management in 2015 and am now professor emeritus in the College of Science & Engineering at Flinders University. I am also an adjunct prefoessor at Latrobe University.


BSc (hons) Adelaide University, 1971

Dip Teaching, Adelaide Teachers College, 1971

PhD (plant biochemistry) Adelaide University, 1975

Member Australian Institute of Compnay Directors (MAID)

Honours, awards and grants

QEII fellowship, 1978-80

Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor

Key responsibilities

Research in plant biochemistry and molecular biology, including researhc student supervision.

My research focuses on plant cell physiology - how plant cells are affected by environmental stress and how they gain the nutrients they need to grow and survive. Soybean, chickpea, rice and barley are the main crop plants under investigation. In particular, I research the role of mitochondria and respiration in plant growth and how they respond to environmental stress, as well as symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes.

Teaching interests

Honours and PhD supervision

Supervisory interests
Cell biology
Plant biology
Respiration in plant growth
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Mitochondria and oxidative stress in plants (2)
Principal supervisor: Cell and plant biology (ANU, UWA and Sydney University) (35)
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