DR Mike Haydon

DR Mike Haydon


  • Genetics (gene regulation)
  • Molecular plant physiology (photosynthesis, photomorphogenesis, circadian rhythms)
  • Plant cell signalling (sugar signalling, cell wall signalling)



  • Mike completed his BSc (Hons) in the Genetics Department at the University of Melbourne in 2002 and a PhD in 2007. He then moved to Germany for a postdoctoral position at the University of Heidelberg, funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship, and then to the University of Cambridge. In 2013, he was appointed Lecturer at the University of York in the UK where he established an independent research group before returning to the University of Melbourne in 2016. His research expertise and experience is primarily in plant molecular biology and genetics, applied to the fields of gene regulation, circadian biology and sugar signalling.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Light-independent sugar signalling in Arabidopsis (2013-2017, BBSRC UK, £507,000); Dynamic bioluminescence assays to define cell type-specific signalling in plants (2015-2016, The Royal Society UK, £15,000); Upstream signalling, global regulatory control and biochemical function of central components in the zinc homeostasis network (2008-2010, EU FP7 Marie Curie IIF, €169,000)   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2007
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 2003


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • We use genetics, chemical genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry to understand signalling pathways underpinning adaptive mechanisms in plants in response to changes in environment. There are a range of potential masters and PhD projects available in the lab that will develop skills in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and plant physiology. Example projects are: 1. Post-transcriptional regulation of the circadian clock; 2. Genetic and chemical genetic investigation of plant sugar signalling; 3. Cell wall signalling in photomorphogenesis. Please see my website for further information.