PROF Tony Bacic

PROF Tony Bacic


  • Biological mass spectrometry
  • Cell surface molecules
  • Cell-substrate adhesion molecules in marine diatoms
  • Development of platform technologies (glycomics/ proteomics/ metabolomics) for functional genomics
  • Food hydrocolloids
  • Industrial uses of polysaccharides
  • Leishmania (protozoan parasite)
  • Platform technologies in proteomics, metabolomics and glycomics
  • Proteomics of the Golgi and plasma membranes
  • Structural analysis of red algal polysaccharides
  • Structure function and biosynthesis of complex carbohydrates in biological systems (Functional genomics, cereals cloning, polysaccharide)



  • Professor Tony Bacic graduated his BSc Hons from James Cook University of Nth Queensland in 1975. He moved to Melbourne to attend La Trobe University where he was awarded his PhD in 1980 under the supervision of the late Prof Bruce A Stone. He is a James Cook University Outstanding Alumnus (2010) and a La Trobe University Distinguished Alumnus (2013).
    Professor Bacic currently holds a Personal Chair (1996- ) in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne.
    Leader of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls team at the University of Melbourne he is also Deputy Director of that Centre. He is Director of the Plant Cell Biology Research Centre at the School of Botany, is Platform Convenor of the NCRIS-funded, Metabolomics Australia, and is on the Management Committee of Bioplatforms Australia Ltd. Professor Bacic has had numerous leadership roles within the University of Melbourne and the ARC, including Director Bio21 Molecular Sciences & Biotechnology Institute, Chair ARC Biological Sciences and Biotechnology & LIEF Panels and Chair Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Panel of the ERA.
    In 2013 Professor Bacic was appointed to the Board of the Victorian Royal Botanic Gardens as a Board Member until April 2016 and is a member of the GTAC Board in 2013 as well as a Director of several small biotechnology companies.
    Internationally recognized as a leader in plant biotechnology his research is focused on the structure, function and biosynthesis of plant cell walls and their biotechnological application as well as the application of functional genomics tools in biological systems.



Member of

  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists. General member 1998 -
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Moelcular Biology. General member 1995 -
  • American Society of Plant Biologists. General member 1981 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1980
  • BSc, James Cook University of North Queensland 1975

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 2008



Available for supervision

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