Murray Badger

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Research Leader Murray Badger leads a lab in Australia that specializes in studying photosynthetic functional genomics. He is a professor and Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow at the Australian National University, where he has spent most of his academic career. Murray earned his BS in Agriculture at the University of Sydney and his Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry at ANU in Canberra. He has served in a number of administrative roles at ANU as Head of the Departments of Environmental Biology and Molecular Plant Physiology, Research Program Leader in the CRC for Plant Sciences, the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, and is leading the development of the new Australian Plant Phenomics Facility node at ANU. In recognition of his research in Plant Sciences in Australia, Murray was awarded the Peter Goldacre Medal in 1982. Murray was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2008, and a year later, he was elected as a corresponding member to the American Society of Plant Biologists. Murray is internationally known for his research on Rubisco, algal CO2 concentrating mechanisms, and general aspects of C3 photosynthetic metabolism. His research interests are in the genetics, evolution, biochemistry and physiology of mechanisms for efficient photosynthetic carbon dioxide fixation in plants, algae, and cyanobacteria. This includes studies of the carbon dioxide fixing enzyme Rubisco, and the operation of photosynthetic carbon dioxide concentrating mechanisms. Additionally, he is interested in understanding the controls which operate leaf and chloroplast development to determine photosynthetic capacity.