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Professor Michelle Colgrave


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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.


  • 2018                Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2007 – 2018    Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
  • 2006 – 2007    Senior Field Application Specialist, Applied Biosystems
  • 2002 – 2006    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Professional Memberships

  • HUPO 2019 Organising Committee
  • Australasian Proteomics Society (APS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS)
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2017    Runner-up “Women in Research Award”, Scopus Researcher Awards
  • 2017    Agriculture & Food Director’s Award for Leadership


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Wollongong, 1999.


Recent Research Grants

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Centres of Excellence,  2020 - 2027,  $2,026,325.
  • Proteomic characterisation of malting barley varieties,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  Industry PhD (iPhD) Program,  2020 - 2024,  $132,000.
  • Decoding germination defects that threaten global wheat production,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery Projects,  2021 - 2024,  $914,112.
  • Non-responsive Coeliac Disease – Understanding the Grass Roots Cause for Gluten Free Diet Failure,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Fellowship,  2020 - 2023,  $381,361.
  • Lupin: prospective superfood or potential allergen,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Scholarship,  2020 - 2022,  $34,000.
  • Sensient Technologies: Cyclotide identification and quantitation,  Sensient Technologies Europe GmbH,  Grant,  2021,  $25,000.
  • Application of proteomics methods to monitor the ability of GluteGuard to detoxify ATIs,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Engagement Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $142,367.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Li, H., Byrne, K., Howitt, C., Colgrave, M., (2019), Efficient extraction and digestion of gluten proteins. Functional Proteomics: Methods and Protocols, 405-412, New York, USA, Humana Press, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8814-3_22.

Journal Articles

  • Bose, U., Broadbent, JA., Juhasz, A., Karnaneedi, S., Johnston, EB., Stockwell, S., Byrne, K., Limviphuvadh, V., Maurer-Stroh, S., Lopata, AL., Colgrave, M., (2021), Protein extraction protocols for optimal proteome measurement and arginine kinase quantitation from cricket Acheta domesticus for food safety assessment. Food Chemistry, 348(30 June 2021), 129110,, DOI:
  • Mendoza-Porras, O., Kamith, S., Harris, J., Colgrave, M., Huerlimann, R., Lopata, A., Wade, N., (2020), Resolving hemocyanin isoform complexity in haemolymph of black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon - implications in aquaculture, medicine and food safety. Journal of Proteomics, 218(30 April 2020), Article number 103689, DOI: 10.1016/j.jprot.2020.103689.
  • Bose, U., Juhasz, A., Broadbent, JA., Byrne, K., Howitt, CA., Colgrave, M., (2020), Identification and Quantitation of Amylase Trypsin Inhibitors across Cultivars Representing the Diversity of Bread Wheat. Journal of Proteome Research, 19(5), 2136-2148, DOI:
  • Juhasz, A., Colgrave, M., Howitt, CA., (2020), Developing gluten-free cereals and the role of proteomics in product safety. Journal of Cereal Science, 93(May 2020), Article number 102932, DOI:
  • Bose, U., Juhasz, A., Broadbent, JA., Komatsu, S., Colgrave, M., (2020), Multi-Omics Strategies for Decoding Smoke-Assisted Germination Pathways and Seed Vigour. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(20), 7512,, DOI:
  • Li, H., Bose, U., Stockwell, S., Howitt, C., Colgrave, M., (2019), Assessing the utility of multiplexed liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry for gluten detection in Australian breakfast food products. Molecules, 24(20), Article Number 3665, DOI: 10.3390/molecules24203665.
  • Bose, U., Broadbent, J., Byrne, K., Hasan, S., Howitt, C., Colgrave, M., (2019), Optimisation of protein extraction for in-depth profiling of the cereal grain proteome. Journal of Proteomics, 197(15 April 2019), 23-33, DOI: 10.1016/j.jprot.2019.02.009.
  • Luo, J., Ahmed, R., Kosar-Hashemi, B., Larroque, O., Butardo, V., Tanner, G., Colgrave, M., Upadhyaya, N., Tetlow, I., Emes, M., Millar, A., Jobling, S., Morell, M., Li, Z., (2019), The different effects of starch synthase IIa mutations or variation on endosperm amylose content of barley, wheat and rice are determined by the distribution of starch synthase I and starch branching enzyme IIb between the starch granule and amyloplast stroma. Theoretical and Applied Genetics: international journal of plant breeding research, 128(7), 1407-1419, DOI: 10.1007/s00122-015-2515-z.
  • Lexhaller, B., Colgrave, M., Scherf, KA., (2019), Characterization and Relative Quantitation of Wheat, Rye, and Barley Gluten Protein Types by Liquid Chromatography–Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10(December 2019), Article number: 1530, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01530.
  • Tanner, G., Juhasz, A., Florides, CG., Nye-Wood, M., Békés, F., Colgrave, M., Russell, AK., Hardy, MY., Tye-Din, JA., (2019), Preparation and characterization of avenin-enriched oat protein by chill precipitation for feeding trials in celiac disease. Frontiers in Nutrition, 6(15 October 2019), article no.162, DOI: 10.3389/fnut.2019.00162.
  • Escobar Correas, S., Mendoza-Porras, O., Dellagnola, F., Colgrave, M., Vega, I., (2019), Integrative Proteomic Analysis of Digestive Tract Glycosidases from the Invasive Golden Apple Snail, Pomacea canaliculata. Journal of Proteome Research, 18(9), 3342-3352, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.9b00282.
  • Colgrave, M., Byrne, K., Pillai, S., Dong, B., Leonforte, A., Caine, J., Kowalczyk, L., Scoble, J., Petrie, J., Singh, S., Zhou, X., (2019), Quantitation of seven transmembrane proteins from the DHA biosynthesis pathway in genetically engineered canola by targeted mass spectrometry. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 126(April 2019), 313-321, DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2019.02.035.
  • Tanner, GJ., Colgrave, M., Blundell, M., Howitt, C., Bacic, A., (2019), Hordein Accumulation in Developing Barley Grains. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10(649), Article number 649, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00649.
  • Dawsonl, C., Mendoza-Porras, O., Byrne, K., Hooper, T., Howitt, C., Colgrave, M., (2018), Oat of this world: Defining peptide markers for detection of oats in processed food. Peptide Science, 110(3), Article no.e24045, DOI: 10.1002/pep2.24045.
  • Li, H., Byrne, K., Galiamov, R., Mendoza-Porras, O., Bose, U., Howitt, C., Colgrave, M., (2018), Using LC-MS to examine the fermented food products vinegar and soy sauce for the presence of gluten. Food Chemistry, 254(15 July 2018), 302-308, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.02.023.
  • Jamtgard, S., Robinson, N., Moritz, T., Colgrave, M., Schmidt, S., (2018), Optimising methods for the recovery and quantification of di- and tripeptides in soil. Soil Research, 56(4), 404-412, DOI: 10.1071/SR17279.
  • Deatley, K., Colgrave, M., Canovas, A., Wijffels, G., Ashley, R., Silver, G., Rincon, G., Medrano, J., Islas-Trejo, A., Fortes, M., Reverter, A., Porto-Neto, L., Lehnert, S., Thomas, M., (2018), Neuropeptidome of the Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland of Indicine × Taurine Heifers: Evidence of Differential Neuropeptide Processing in the Pituitary Gland before and after Puberty. Journal of Proteome Research, 17(5), 1852-1865, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.7b00875.
  • Niyomploy, P., Chan, L., Harvey, P., Poth, A., Colgrave, M., Craik, D., (2018), Discovery and Characterization of Cyclotides from Rinorea Species. Journal of Natural Products, 81(11), 2512-2520, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.8b00572.
  • Franke, B., James, A., Mobli, M., Colgrave, M., Mylne, J., Rosengren, K., (2017), Two proteins for the price of one: Structural studies of the dual-destiny protein preproalbumin with sunflower trypsin inhibitor-1. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 292(30), 12398-12411, DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M117.776955.
  • Colgrave, M., Byrne, K., Howitt, C., (2017), Food for thought: Selecting the right enzyme for the digestion of gluten. Food Chemistry, 234(Nov), 389-397, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.05.008.
  • Ravipati, A., Poth, A., Troeira Henriques, S., Bhandari, M., Huang, Y., Nino, J., Colgrave, M., Craik, D., (2017), Understanding the Diversity and Distribution of Cyclotides from Plants of Varied Genetic Origin. Journal of Natural Products, 80(5), 1522-1530, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.7b00061.
  • Powell, J., Carere, J., Fitzgerald, T., Stiller, J., Covarelli, L., Xu, Q., Gubler, F., Colgrave, M., Gardiner, D., Manners, J., Henry, R., Kazan, K., (2017), The Fusarium crown rot pathogen Fusarium pseudograminearum triggers a suite of transcriptional and metabolic changes in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Annals of Botany, 119(5), 853-867, DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcw207.
  • Colgrave, M., Byrne, K., Howitt, C., (2017), Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Analysis Reveals Hydrolyzed Gluten in Beers Crafted to Remove Gluten. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65(44), 9715-9725, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03742.
  • Mendoza-Porras, O., Botwright, N., Reverter, A., Cook, M., Harris, J., Wijffels, G., Colgrave, M., (2017), Identification of differentially expressed reproductive and metabolic proteins in the female abalone (Haliotis laevigata) gonad following artificial induction of spawning. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics, 24(December 2017), 127-138, DOI: 10.1016/j.cbd.2016.04.005.
  • Powell, J., Carere, J., Sablok, G., Fitzgerald, T., Stiller, J., Colgrave, M., Gardiner, D., Manners, J., Vogel, J., Henry, R., Kazan, K., (2017), Transcriptome analysis of Brachypodium during fungal pathogen infection reveals both shared and distinct defense responses with wheat. Scientific Reports, 7(1), Article no.17212, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-17454-3.
  • Mendoza-Porras, O., Harris, J., Wijffels, G., Reverter, A., Cook, M., Botwright, N., Colgrave, M., (2017), Gonadal reproductive and metabolic proteins of male abalone Haliotis laevigata (Donovan, 1808) assessed by targeted mass spectrometry after artificial induction of spawning. Aquaculture Research, 48(12), 6009-6015, DOI: 10.1111/are.13413.
  • Nix, A., Paull, C., Colgrave, M., (2017), Flavonoid profile of the cotton plant, Gossypium hirsutum: A review. Plants, 6(4), article no.43, DOI: 10.3390/plants6040043.
  • Fallabaghery, A., Zou, W., Byrne, K., Howitt, C., Colgrave, M., (2017), Comparison of Gluten Extraction Protocols Assessed by LC-MS/MS Analysis. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65(13), 2857-2866, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b00063.
  • Franke, B., Colgrave, M., Mylne, J., Rosengren, K., (2016), Mature forms of the major seed storage albumins in sunflower: A mass spectrometric approach. Journal of Proteomics, 147(Sep 2016), 177-186, DOI: 10.1016/j.jprot.2016.05.004.
  • Colgrave, M., Byrne, K., Blundell, M., Howitt, C., (2016), Identification of barley-specific peptide markers that persist in processed foods and are capable of detecting barley contamination by LC-MS/MS. Journal of Proteomics, 147(Sep 2016), 169-176, DOI: 10.1016/j.jprot.2016.03.045.
  • Colgrave, M., Byrne, K., Blundell, M., Heidelberger, S., Lane, C., Tanner, G., Howitt, C., (2016), Comparing Multiple Reaction Monitoring and Sequential Window Acquisition of All Theoretical Mass Spectra for the Relative Quantification of Barley Gluten in Selectively Bred Barley Lines. Analytical Chemistry, 88(18), 9127-9135, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b02108.
  • Carere, J., Colgrave, M., Stiller, J., Liu, C., Manners, J., Kazan, K., Gardiner, D., (2016), Enzyme-driven metabolomic screening: a proof-of-principle method for discovery of plant defence compounds targeted by pathogens. New Phytologist, 212(3), 770-779, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/nph.14067.
  • Pinto, M., Silva, O., Viana, J., Porto, W., Migliolo, L., De Cunha, N., Gomes, N., Fensterseifer, I., Colgrave, M., Craik, D., Dias, S., Franco, O., (2016), Characterization of a Bioactive Acyclotide from Palicourea rigida. Journal of Natural Products, 79(11), 2767-2773, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00270.
  • Tanner, G., Blundell, M., Colgrave, M., Howitt, C., (2016), Creation of the first ultra-low gluten barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) for coeliac and gluten-intolerant populations. Plant Biotechnology Journal,  14(4), 1139-1150, DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12482.
  • Niyomploy, P., Chan, L., Poth, A., Colgrave, M., Sangvanich, P., Craik, D., (2016), Discovery, isolation, and structural characterization of cyclotides from Viola sumatrana Miq. Biopolymers, 106(6), 796-805, DOI: 10.1002/bip.22914.
  • Yu, X., James, A., Yang, A., Jones, A., Mendoza-Porras, O., Bétrix, C., Ma, H., Colgrave, M., (2016), A comparative proteomic study of drought-tolerant and drought–sensitive soybean seedlings under drought stress. Crop and Pasture Science, 67(5), 528-540, DOI: 10.1071/CP15314.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Proteomics as a tool for rapid detection and characterisation of cyclic peptides: a path to discoveries in cyclotide biosynthesis and evolution
  • Doctor of Philosophy: The mode of action of cyclotides: Functional studies of the prototypic cyclotide kalata B1
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Molecular Assessment of Spawning Cues in Temperate Abalone Haliotis laevigata
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