Meet the team

Mark Waters (group leader)

After obtaining his PhD from the University of Nottingham, Mark took up a postdoc stint with Jane Langdale at the University of Oxford. In 2010 he migrated to Western Australia to work with Steve Smith on mode of action of karrikins.

In 2016 he took up an ARC Future Fellowship in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UWA.

Kim Melville

After joining the lab as an undergrad and then sailing through his Masters in Biotechnology, as of February 2020 Kim is now a PhD student working on butenolide bio-assay development.

Sabrina Davies

A joint PhD student with Prof Charlie Bond (UWA School of Molecular Sciences), Sabrina joined the lab in 2018 and is training to become a structural biologist with interests in plant hormone signalling mechanisms.

Jiaren (Hugh) Yao

Hugh joined the lab in 2017 as a Masters of Biotechnology student. As of November 2018 he is now a full-blooded PhD student in the lab, working on a number of projects relating to karrikin signalling.

Yongjie (Frank) Meng

Frank is a visiting PhD student from the Sichuan Agricultural university in China, starting from February 2018. He is working on the interaction of karrikins with auxin and light signalling.

Andy Tuckey

With a background in genetics and computational science, Andy is a 2020 Honours student working on Karrikins-responsive promoters.


Want to be the next recruit? Opportunities to join the lab are currently available.