ANU plant scientist elected Fellow of the Royal Society

8 May 2017

I am thrilled and very honoured to receive this recognition for my research in plant science.

Plant scientist Professor Susanne von Caemmerer from ANU has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in the UK, the longest standing scientific academy in the world.

Professor von Caemmerer from the ANU Research School of Biology joins a fellowship of the most eminent scientists from the Commonwealth, including Newton, Darwin, Ian Frazer, Elizabeth Blackburn and ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brain Schmidt.

"I am thrilled and very honoured to receive this recognition for my research in plant science," she said.

Professor von Caemmerer was elected for her contributions to the understanding of the process of photosynthesis by which plants transform sunlight and water into oxygen and sugars.

She co-developed what is arguably the most widely used biochemical model in plant biology - the Farquhar, von Caemmerer and Berry model of C3 photosynthesis, the biochemical path used by plants such as rice and wheat.

Internationally renowned for her research on photosynthetic modelling, analysis of photosynthesis and stomatal function by genetic manipulation, and stable isotope fractionation in plants, Professor von Caemmerer began her career as a mathematician, graduating from ANU in 1976.

She then went on to develop an equally widely used model of C4 photosynthesis, used by plants such as sugarcane and sorghum and resolved the long debated and critical question of why there is so much Rubisco enzyme inside plant cells.

Professor von Caemmerer's publications are among of the highest cited works in plant science.

She was also recently acknowledged with the ANU Peter Baume Award and the American Society of Plant Biologists' Barnes award.

Professor von Caemmerer will attend a ceremony in London where she will be formally admitted as a Fellow.