Michelle Colgrave is a Professor of Food and Agricultural Proteomics in the School of Science. Michelle is using proteomics, the study of proteins, using mass spectrometry (MS), to help identify key proteins that will benefit Australia's food and agriculture industries and improve human health.
Professor Michelle Colgrave joined ECU in October 2018. She has a joint appointment at CSIRO as the Molecular Analysis Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist in the field of proteomics.
Professor Colgrave’s contributions include the identification of novel proteins, characterisation of their function and post-translational modifications, as well as development of MS-based quantitative assays for food and beverage products.
Professor Colgrave has focused on the application of MS as an agricultural research tool: (1) detection of differential protein and peptide expression, for example examining the change in expression of peptide hormones during different stages of reproduction; (2) natural product discovery leading to the development of novel pest control agents, i.e. the cyclotides; (3) large-scale proteome analysis that enables systems biology approaches to investigate environmental and/or genetic effects on plant production; (4) targeted protein quantitation, for example the measurement of gluten proteins in food and beverages.
Professor Colgrave was sole editor of the 2017 book “Proteomics in Food Science: From Farm to Fork (Elsevier) is aimed at introducing the application of MS and proteomics to the food science and agricultural research communities.
Research page: Proteomics.
National and International Awards
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