Talk Title: Lessons from the Marchantia genome
Professor John Bowman, Monash University
After obtaining a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Prof. John Bowman trained as a geneticist during his PhD at Caltech where he started working on Arabidopsis as a model plant to address fundamental questions in plant development. During his PhD and subsequent postdoc at Monash, he contributed substantially to our understanding of the developmental genetics of flowers. In 1995, he established his own laboratory at the University of California, Davis where his group discovered several gene families whose action determines the polar growth of leaves. During his time at Davis he was named a Chancellor’s Fellow and received a Beckman Young Investigator Award. He co-organized the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory course of Plant Biology from 2000-2003. In 2006 he moved as a Federation Fellow to Monash, where his laboratory continues to investigate fundamental questions in land plant development with an evolutionary perspective. Elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2014.