Madeline Mitchell

Plant Scientist

Canberra, ACT

Contact me for

  • mentoring
  • sitting on boards or committees
  • providing an expert opinion
  • outreach activities
  • conference presenting
  • opportunities to collaborate


I am a plant molecular physiologist interested in understanding the way plants respond to their environment to optimise their growth and using this knowledge to contribute to sustainable agriculture. I have been involved in a range of plant biology and biotechnology projects including:
* Creating biodegradable cotton-based fibres with enhanced properties so we can use them to replace synthetic fibres in some applications (CSIRO, 2019 to present)
* Improving renewable plant oil production for food and non-food applications such as bioplastics (CSIRO, 2015-2018)
* Understanding the way algae photosynthesise more efficiently in order to re-engineer crop photosynthesis to improve yields (PhD at the University of Cambridge, 2010-2014)
I am also passionate about diversity and inclusion in STEMM, science communication and outreach, and responsible research and innovation. I am a participant in the 2019-2020 Superstars of STEM program that aims to smash society's gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. In early 2018, I also spent three weeks in Antarctica with 80 other women scientists as part of a ground-breaking leadership initiative called Homeward Bound.