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Biographical entry Pickett-Heaps, Jeremy David (1940 - )


5 June 1940
Bombay, India


Jeremy David Pickett-Heaps has been Professor, School of Botany, University of Melbourne since 1988. He is distinguished for his many discoveries in the field of plant cell biology. He discovered the preprophase band of microtubules and pointed out its significance as a predictor of the site of division in higher plant cells. He originated the seminal concept of the microtubule organising centre, thus founding a major field of research. His wide-ranging ultrastructural work led him to a new and now accepted view of evolutionary relationships in the algae and the origin of higher plants.


Born Bombay, India, 5 June 1940. Educated University of Cambridge (BA Natural Sciences/Biochemistry 1962, PhD 1965). Research Fellow, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University 1965-68, Fellow, Research School of Biological Sciences 1968-70; Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder 1970-72, Associate Professor 1972-78, Professor 1978-88; Professor, School of Botany, University of Melbourne 1988-present. Darbaker Prize, American Botanical Society 1974; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1992; Fellow, Royal Society 1995.

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