Prof. Peter Gresshoff

Over 45 years’ experience



Peter is a plant development geneticist who specialises in using molecular and genetic tools to understand complexities of gene networks during the control of nodule formation in legumes. Recently, he also engaged translational biology focusing on sustainable production of biofuel from the legume tree Pongamia.

He pioneered DNA diagnostics in the 1990s through development of analytical techniques like DAF and DNA silver staining (over 4,000 citations)

Peter is a Fellow of AAAS, Indian NAAS, Russian Academy of Science, and was nominated for the Australian Academy of Science. He was twice awarded the German Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and the Chinese Academy Professorial Fellowship. Professor Gresshoff has published over 410 peer-reviewed papers, 10 books, and holds 12 patents. His h-index is 65, with over 22,000 citations.


  • Senior Adviser, Surge Coaching (2019 to present)
  • Emeritus Professor, The University of Queensland (2016 to present)
  • Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence of Integrative Legume Research in SAFS (2003 to 2013)
  • Director of UQ Centre of Integrative Legume Research (2013-2016)
  • Editorial Board Member of several international journals including
    • Molecular Plant
    • Plant Physiology
    • J. Plant Physiology
    • Symbiosis
  • Advisory Committee Member
    • The Office of Gene Technology Regulator (Canberra)
    • The Biofuel and Bioenergy Committee of RIRDC (Canberra)
  • Head of School of Life Sciences UQ (1999-2002)
  • Head of Botany, The University of Queensland (1999)
  • Racheff Chair of Excellence for Plant Molecular Genetics University of Tennessee (1988-1999)
  • Advisor on Plant Biotechnology to Premier Peter Beattie
  • Several TV presentations (Channel 9, Channel 7, ABC)
  • Broad national and international lecture experience