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AsPr Peter Beech

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Life & Env. Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517341 +61 3 92517341



• 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


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


Research interests

Cell Biology, Plant Pathology



Selected Publications

Beech, P.L., Heimann, K. & Melkonian, M. 1991. Development of the flagellar apparatus during the cell cycle in unicellular algae. Protoplasma 164:23-37.

Beech, P.L., Pagh-Roehl, K., Noda, Y., Hirokawa, N., Burnside, B. and Rosenbaum, J.L. 1996. Localization of kinesin-like proteins to the connecting cilium of fish photoreceptors. J. Cell Sci. 109:889-897.

Kozminski, K., Beech, P.L. and Rosenbaum, J.L. 1995. The Chlamydomonas kinesin-like protein Fla10 is involved in motility with the flagellar membrane. J. Cell Biol. 131:1517-1527.

Beech, P.L, Nheu, T., Schultz, T., Herbert, S., Lithgow, T., Gilson, P.A. and McFadden, G.I. 2000. Mitochondrial FtsZ in a chromophyte alga. Science 287:1276-1279.

Gilson, P.R., Yu, X.-C., Hereld, D., Barth, C., Savage, A., Kiefel, B.R., Lay, S., Fisher, P.R., Margolin, W. and Beech, P.L. 2003. Two Dictyostelium orthologs of the prokaryotic cell division protein, FtsZ, localize to mitochondria and are required for the maintenance of normal mitochondrial morphology. Eukaryotic Cell 2: 1315-1326.

Kiefel, B., Gilson, P. R. and Beech, P. L. 2004. Diverse eukaryotes have retained mitochondrial homologues of the bacterial division protein, FtsZ.  Protist 155: 105-115.

Weatherill, K., Lambiris, I., Pickett-Heaps, J. D., Deane, J. and Beech, P. L. 2007. Plastid division in Mallomonas (Synurophyceae, Heterokonta). Journal of Phycology 43: 535-541

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