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Biographical entry Dennis, Elizabeth Salisbury (1943 - )


10 December 1943
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Plant biologist


Elizabeth Dennis was a Research Scientist with CSIRO Division of Plant Industry 1972-1974, then Senior Research Scientist, Principal Research Scientist, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Chief Research Scientist from 1976. She was Program Leader, Genomics and Plant Development. Her pioneering research focused on the role of genes in relation to how plants know when to flower and how they react to stress. Dennis has been involved in Australian and international agencies on genomics, particularly of cotton, rice and arabidopsis.



Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Sydney
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Sydney
1968 - 1970
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York
1970 - 1972
Career position - Lecturer in Microbiology (later Biochemistry) University of Papua New Guinea
1972 - 1974
Career position - Research Scientist at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Plant Industry
1974 - 1976
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Papua New Guinea
1976 - 1991
Career position - Senior Research Scientist (later Senior Principal Research Scientist) CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1978 - 1979
Career position - Member of Committee, Genetics Society of Australia
1982 - 1983
Career position - Visiting Fellow, Biochemistry Department, Stanford University, California, U.S.A.
1987 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1987 - 1993
Career position - Editor, Advances in plant gene research
Award - Pharmacia LKB/Biotechnology Medal received Australian Biochemical Society
1990 - 1991
Career position - Founding Editor, The plant journal
1990 - 1993
Career position - Editor, Genetical research
1990 - 1993
Career position - Member, Board of Directors of the International Society of Plant Molecular Biology
1991 - 1998
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Australian National University
1991 - 2014
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1992 - 1994
Career position - President of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1993 - 1994
Career position - Chairman, Multinational Arabidopsis Coordinated Steering Committee
Career position - Member, Rice Biotechnology Working Group, Overseas Development Agency, United Kingdom
1995 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Award - Lemberg Medal and Oration, Australian Society for Biochemical and Molecular Biology
Award - Avon Spirit of Achievement Award received
2000 -
Career position - Member, Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council
Award - Prime Minister's Prize for Science (jointly with J. Peacock), Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
2001 -
Award - Fellow, CSIRO
2002 -
Award - Fellow, American Society for the Advancement of Science
Career position - Associate Editor, The plant genome
2014 -
Career position - Distinguished Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
Award - M. J. D. White Medal, Genetics Society of Australia
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to science as a researcher and academic in the area of genomics and plant development, and to professional organisations

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  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Profiles, Australian women scientists (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1999), 191 pp. Details


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Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn