Vivien Rolland

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Vivien Rolland is a biologist with a keen interest in tackling complex cellular, developmental and physiological processes using a combination of molecular biology and state-of-the-art microscopy. As a former member of RIPE, he worked with Professors Dean Price and Murray Badger to enhance photosynthesis by implementing components of the cyanobacterial CO2-concentrating mechanism into higher plants, with the long-term goal of improving crop yield. More specifically, he worked on identifying ways to redirect cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporters to the chloroplast envelope of C3 plants.

Rolland received his doctorate degree in molecular biology from the University of Vienna, where he worked with Professor Juergen Knoblich on the balance between proliferation and cell differentiation in Drosophila neural stem cell lineages. Before joining RIPE, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Australian National University with Professor Marilyn Ball studying the mechanisms of in vitro and in vivo embolism resorption in angiosperms. After RIPE, Rolland went on to become a research scientist at CSIRO where he continued to work on various problems relating to membrane protein targeting and function.