Dr Mike Haydon – Lecturer and Group Leader

Mike completed his BSc (Hons) and PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He then travelled to Europe for post-doctoral work at the University of Heidelberg in Germany as a Marie Curie Fellow and then the University of Cambridge in the UK. From 2013, he was a lecturer and group leader at the University of York before moving to the School of BioSciences at the The University of Melbourne in March 2016.




ARFDr Ángela Román-Fernández – Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ángela completed her undergraduate degree and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. She joined the lab in York as a post-doc in September 2014 to work on a BBSRC-funded project on sugar signalling mutants identified from genetic screens in Arabidopsis. She joined the lab in Melbourne in November 2017.



Xiang Li – PhD student

Xiang completed her Masters at the Institute for Genetics and Developmental Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing working on thermotolerance in rice. She joined the lab at The University of Melbourne to commence her PhD in June 2017. Her project uses genetics and chemical genetics to investigate roles for GLR proteins in sugar signalling in Arabidopsis.




Mike Ting – PhD student

Mike completed his BSc at the University of Calgary and his MSc at Queens University in Canada. He started his PhD at Melbourne in November 2017 within the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme on a joint project with Reimo Zoschke at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Germany. His project will investigate translational regulation in the circadian clock.




Dongjing Deng – Masters student

Dongjing completed his undergraduate degree in Biosciences at Hunan Agricultural University in China in 2016. He joined the lab at The University of Melbourne in February 2017 as a MSc (BioSciences) student. His project aims to use chemical genetics to investigate a role for ROS in transcriptional responses to sugars in Arabidopsis.




We are always keen for enthusiastic members to join the team. Prospective Masters and PhD students with strong academic records or post-docs thinking of applying for fellowships can contact Mike by email.


Former members

WAWaheed Arshad

Waheed studied Biology at Durham University and completed a Masters at the University of Reading. He joined the lab in September 2014 as a Research Technician on a BBSRC project and left in September 2015 to start a PhD at Royal Holloway London.



HEHeather Eastmond

Heather completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester followed by a Masters degree at the University of York in 2011. She joined the lab as a Research Technician in August 2015 to work on a BBSRC project until August 2017. She continued as a research technician in York in the McQueen-Mason lab in CNAP.