Leading plant scientist Professor Herbert Kronzucker has joined the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences as Head of the School of Agriculture and Food.
Professor Kronzucker has previously held roles at the University of Toronto, the Canadian Centre for World Hunger Research and most recently as Head of the University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences.
He obtained his doctorate on the cell biology of nitrogen fluxes in plants from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and conducted postdoctoral studies on nitrogen dynamics in tropical-lowland rice as a Rockefeller Human Frontier Fellow at the International Rice Research Institute.
Professor Kronzucker has held a prestigious Canada Research Chair and has published in high-profile international journals, including Nature, Nature Plants, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Trends in Plant Science.
He has received a Principal’s Research Award and Distinguished Professorship from the University of Toronto, a lifetime achievement award from Université Laval, a Science for a Better Life award from Bayer Canada, and is a recent recipient of an Honorary Professorship from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Professor John Fazakerley, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, says Professor Kronzucker has joined the Faculty at an opportune time for teaching and research in the agricultural and food sciences.
“I am delighted that such a distinguished international crop and food scientist will lead our new developments and many plans in the School Agriculture and Food at a time in which teaching and research in these areas enjoy renewed interest, investments and prominence across the world,” he said.
Professor Kronzucker agrees.
“This is a tremendously exciting time for agricultural and food sciences at Melbourne,” he said.
“Major investments, a suite of new positions, the foundation of new Institutes, a revitalization of the University’s Dookie campus, new synergisms with other Faculties within the innovation ecosystem of the University, and a powerful commitment to internationalism all coalesce to generate outstanding opportunities and unique momentum.
“I look forward to working with the dynamic team assembled by the new Faculty leadership to achieve extraordinary things, in a sector that is of such substantial importance to the welfare of Australians and the world.”
Professor Fazakerley also acknowledged the leadership of Professor Mohan Singh, who has steered the School of Agriculture and Food through a period of growth as its inaugural Head. Professor Singh will deliver continuity as Deputy Head of School.