AsPr Peter Beech



Associate Professor


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1984
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1989

+61 3 925 17341


• PhD, School of Botany, University of Melbourne, 1989.
• 1989-1991 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, Botany Institute, University of Cologne, Germany.
• 1991-1993: Rothmans Foundation Research Fellow, School of Botany, University of Melbourne.
• 1993-1995: Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Biology, Yale University.
• 1995-1998: ARC QEII Fellow, School of Botany, University of Melbourne.
• 1999–2000: ARC QEII Fellow, School of Biological & Chemical Sciences, Deakin University.
• 2000 – 2006: Senior Lecturer, School of Biological & Chemical Sciences, Deakin University.
• 2007 Associate Professor, School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

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Research interests

Cell Biology, Plant Pathology


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Legionella pneumophila multiplication is enhanced by chronic AMPK signalling in mitochondrially diseased dictyostelium cells

Lisa Francione, Paige K. Smith, Sandra L. Accari, Dr Philip Taylor, Paul B. Bokko, Salvatore Bozzaro, A/Prof Peter Beech, Paul R. Fisher

(2009), Vol. 2, pp. 479-489, Disease models and mechanisms, Cambridge, England, C1


Plastid division in mallomonas (Synurophyceae, Heterokonta)

Kimalee Weatherill, Irene Lambiris, Jeremy D Pickett-Heaps, James A. Deane, A/Prof Peter Beech

(2007), Vol. 43, pp. 535-541, Journal of Phycology, Maiden, Mass., C1


Recent advances in chloroplast and mitochondrial division

Dr Keith Niven, Dr Ben Kiefel, A/Prof Peter Beech

(2007), Vol. 1, pp. 34-41, Dynamic cell biology, Isleworth, England, C1


Trapping of a spiral-like intermediate of the bacterial cytokinetic protein FtsZ

Katherine A. Michie, Leigh G. Monahan, A/Prof Peter Beech, Dr Elizabeth Harry

(2006), Vol. 188, pp. 1680-1690, Journal of bacteriology, Washington, D.C., C1


Requirement for the cell division protein DivIB in polar cell division and engulfment during sporulation in Bacillus subtilis

L.S. Thompson, A/Prof Peter Beech, G. Real, A.O. Henriques, E.J. Harry

(2006), Vol. 188, pp. 7677-7685, Journal of bacteriology, Washington, D.C., C1


Import-associated translational inhibition: novel in vivo evidence for cotranslational protein import into dictyostelium discoideum mitochondria

Afsar U. Ahmed, A/Prof Peter Beech, Sui T. Lay, Dr Paul Gilson, Paul R. Fisher

(2006), Vol. 5, pp. 1314-1327, Eukaryotic cell, Washington, D.C., C1


Cell biology of mitochondrial dynamics

Dr Ben Kiefel, Dr Paul Gilson, A/Prof Peter Beech

(2006), pp. 152-215, Survey of cell biology, London, England, B1


Diverse eukaryotes have retained mitochondrial homologues of the bacterial division protein FtsZ

Dr Ben Kiefel, Dr Paul Gilson, A/Prof Peter Beech

(2004), Vol. 155, pp. 105-115, Protist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The Omp85 family of proteins is essential for outer membrane biogenesis in mitochondria and bacteria

Ian Gentle, Kipros Gabriel, A/Prof Peter Beech, Ross Waller, A/Prof Trevor Lithgow

(2004), Vol. 164, pp. 19-24, Journal of cell biology, New York, N.Y., C1


Two dictyostelium orthologs of the prokaryotic cell division protein ftsZ localize to mitochondria and are required for the maintenance of normal mitochondrial morphology

Dr Paul Gilson, Xuan-Chuan Yu, Dale Hereld, Christian Barth, Amelia Savage, Dr Ben Kiefel, Sui T. Lay, Paul R. Fisher, Dr William Margolin, A/Prof Peter Beech

(2003), Vol. 2, pp. 1315-1326, Eukaryotic cell, Washington D.C., Wash., C1


The long and the short of flagellar length control

A/Prof Peter Beech

(2003), Vol. 39, pp. 837-839, Journal of phycology, Malden, Mass., C1


Cell division protein ftsZ: running rings around bacteria, chloroplasts and mitochondria

Dr Paul Gilson, A/Prof Peter Beech

(2001), Vol. 152, pp. 3-10, Research in microbiology, Paris, France, C1


Bacterial lessons on organelle division

Dr Paul Gilson, A/Prof Peter Beech

(2001), Vol. 13, pp. 42-45, Today's life science., Sydney, N.S.W., C1