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Dr Angela Ziebell



Senior Lecturer, Chemistry


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus


GCHE Exempt, , 2023
Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2010

+61 3 924 46240

Biography summary

I have project management and customer management experience working with industry, research institutes, government bodies and academia in the US (2007-2013) and Australia.  Originally used to manage multi-million dollar projects and tens of thousands of samples a year, I now use these skills in the Higher Education sector to bridge the gap between academia and the external employers where most of our graduates are destined. A number of challenging roles have helped me learn how to keep stakeholders satisfied while keeping plans, objectives and co-workers on track. Understanding how systems and people work helps immensely working in higher education.

I specialise in redevelopment of curriculum or the building and introduction of new subjects. Having just moved to Deakin I am keen to contribute to the Chemistry teaching while helping with the development of work linked learning and Indigenous Science in the curriculum of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. In my last role, I coordinated two internship units that run year-round and "Career skills for Scientists" that runs twice a year. I also lead the introduction of an Indigenous Science unit and I was the first Indigenous Engagement Champion for the Faculty of Science at Monash. My research centres around the impact of career and employability education on undergraduate science students.

For 2016-18 I led a redevelopment program for Monash Chemistry's laboratory activities. "Transforming Laboratory Learning" brings Work Integrated Learning into 17 lab classes by working directly with industry to build context and inquiry into activities, better preparing students for the workplace. Authentic assessments such as executive summaries and QC reports are now used for learning and assessment alongside more traditional formats.

My technical experience includes designing and optimising high through-put chemical and biochemical assays, biomass analysis, natural product isolation, and structure determination, as well as organic synthesis. I have successfully worked with a large range of professionals from programmers to accountants, chemical engineers to plant geneticists.

Research interests

Higher education learning and teaching for STEM students. Especially using industry/workplace contexts for learning and career readiness.


The move from STEM student to new graduate.


Transferable skills learning and teaching including cultural competency.


How mainstream science students experience learning about Indigenous Science. 


How to prepare educators to teach Indigenous Science.


Royal Australian Chemical Institute. 

Teaching interests

Career learning for Science students

Work Integrated Learning


Units taught


Knowledge areas

Work Integrated learning, Career development learning, Laboratory learning, WIL in the laboratory classroom, Embedding Indigenous perspectives in Science curricular, Biomass utilissation, Biomass for biofuels, Biomass characterisation

Professional activities

The Australian Council of the Deans of Science - Indigenous Science for tertiary educators website creator and manager. 


Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship


Career development learning

Due to the generic nature of the Science degree in many parts of the world, science students are not directly linked into their profession while studying (unlike courses like teaching and health). This can result in a poor understanding of workplaces which can be challenging for institutions to address. Afterall which workplaces do the students need to learn about? Where will the students end up? Placements can make a huge difference but issues of scale and equity (if placements are unpaid) mean that other complementary approaches are needed. In-curricular career development learning which is contextualised for science students is one option. We are looking at the impact of a unit which was designed specifically to fill known gaps in student knowledge. WE are looking at self-perceived changes across the unit and measurable differences to the Graduate Outcome Survery for those same students one and three years post-graduation.

Tolerance of Ambiguity

One very important facet of learning and teaching is the extent to which their students will tolerate uncertainty. The ability to tolerate uncertainty as a personality variable was first identified by Budner (1962) who described an individual’s tendency to see ambiguous or uncertain situations as either desirable or as a threat. Further to this, uncertainty tolerance (UT) is a psychological construct referring to the way an individual(s) perceive(s) and process(es) information about ambiguous situations or stimuli when confronted by an array of unfamiliar, complex, or incongruent clues. Tolerance of uncertainty is now recognised as being an important determinant of an individual’s ability to function successfully in both the class room and the workplace. We are looking at how high achieving educators manage ambiguity in the classroom and what we can learnfrom them about helping students see ambiguity as part of the way systems work as opposed to a negative. 


Indigenous cultural competency before and after studying an introduction to Indigenous Science.

We look at the impact of studying a semester long unit on the Indigenous cultural competency of science students in an for-credit eective. Using Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews Indigenous Graduate Attribute evaluation instrument we are looking at students perceptions and beliefs before and after the unit to determine, first where these students start, and then what the impact of the learning is. This work is incredibly important as poor attempts to introduce Indigenous perpectives and content, can lead to the use of sterotypes by educators and actually decrease cultural competency.


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An Evidence-Based Approach to Employability Curricula and Transferable Skill Development: A Mixed Methods Study

A Gouda-Vossos, M Sarkar, C Thompson, T Overton, A Ziebell

(2023), Vol. 20, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

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Fostering uncertainty tolerance in anatomy education: Lessons learned from how humanities, arts and social science (HASS) educators develop learners' uncertainty tolerance

M Lazarus, A Gouda-Vossos, A Ziebell, G Brand

(2022), pp. 1-20, Anatomical Sciences Education, London, England, C1

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Australian Indigenous Knowledge in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory

Angela Ziebell, Tina Overton, Tyson Yunkaporta

(2021), Vol. 29, pp. 32-46, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

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Inquiry-, problem-, context- and industry- based laboratories: an investigation into the impact of large-scale, longitudinal redevelopment on student perceptions of teaching laboratories

S George-Williams, A Ziebell, C Thompson, T Overton

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 451-468, International Journal of Science Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

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Investigating student and staff perceptions of students' experiences in teaching laboratories through the lens of meaningful learning

S George-Williams, D Karis, A Ziebell, R Kitson, P Coppo, S Schmid, C Thompson, T Overton

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 187-196, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, C1-1

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Curtailing marking variation and enhancing feedback in large scale undergraduate chemistry courses through reducing academic judgement: a case study

S George-Williams, M Carroll, A Ziebell, C Thompson, T Overton

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 881-893, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

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Inquiry and industry inspired laboratories: The impact on students' perceptions of skill development and engagements

S George-Williams, J Soo, A Ziebell, C Thompson, T Overton

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 583-596, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, C1-1

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'What do you think the aims of doing a practical chemistry course are?' A comparison of the views of students and teaching staff across three universities

S George-Williams, A Ziebell, R Kitson, P Coppo, C Thompson, T Overton

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 463-473, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, C1-1

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Sugar release and growth of biofuel crops are improved by downregulation of pectin biosynthesis

A Biswal, M Atmodjo, M Li, H Baxter, C Yoo, Y Pu, Y Lee, M Mazarei, I Black, J Zhang, H Ramanna, A Bray, Z King, P Lafayette, S Pattathil, B Donohoe, S Mohanty, D Ryno, K Yee, O Thompson, M Rodriguez, A Dumitrache, J Natzke, K Winkeler, C Collins, X Yang, L Tan, R Sykes, E Gjersing, A Ziebell, G Turner, S Decker, M Hahn, B Davison, M Udvardi, J Mielenz, M Davis, R Nelson, W Parrott, A Ragauskas, C Neal Stewart, D Mohnen

(2018), Vol. 36, pp. 249-257, Nature Biotechnology, United States, C1-1

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Working towards recalcitrance mechanisms: Increased xylan and homogalacturonan production by overexpression of GAlactUronosylTransferase12 (GAUT12) causes increased recalcitrance and decreased growth in Populus Mike Himmel

A Biswal, M Atmodjo, S Pattathil, R Amos, X Yang, K Winkeler, C Collins, S Mohanty, D Ryno, L Tan, I Gelineo-Albersheim, K Hunt, R Sykes, G Turner, A Ziebell, M Davis, S Decker, M Hahn, D Mohnen

(2018), Vol. 11, Biotechnology for Biofuels, England, C1-1

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Downregulation of p-Coumaroyl Quinate/Shikimate 3′-Hydroxylase (C3′H) or Cinnamate-4-hydrolylase (C4H) in Eucalyptus urophylla × Eucalyptus grandis Leads to Increased Extractability

A Ziebell, E Gjersing, M Hinchee, R Katahira, R Sykes, D Johnson, M Davis

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 691-699, Bioenergy Research, C1-1

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Down-regulation of p-coumaroyl quinate/shikimate 3′-hydroxylase (C3′H) and cinnamate 4-hydroxylase (C4H) genes in the lignin biosynthetic pathway of Eucalyptus urophylla x E. grandis leads to improved sugar release

R Sykes, E Gjersing, K Foutz, W Rottmann, S Kuhn, C Foster, A Ziebell, G Turner, S Decker, M Hinchee, M Davis

(2015), Vol. 8, Biotechnology for Biofuels, England, C1-1

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Identification and overexpression of gibberellin 2-oxidase (GA2ox) in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) for improved plant architecture and reduced biomass recalcitrance

W Wuddineh, M Mazarei, J Zhang, C Poovaiah, D Mann, A Ziebell, R Sykes, M Davis, M Udvardi, C Stewart

(2015), Vol. 13, pp. 636-647, Plant Biotechnology Journal, England, C1-1

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Downregulation of GAUT12 in Populus deltoides by RNA silencing results in reduced recalcitrance, increased growth and reduced xylan and pectin in a woody biofuel feedstock

A Biswal, Z Hao, S Pattathil, X Yang, K Winkeler, C Collins, S Mohanty, E Richardson, I Gelineo-Albersheim, K Hunt, D Ryno, R Sykes, G Turner, A Ziebell, E Gjersing, W Lukowitz, M Davis, S Decker, M Hahn, D Mohnen

(2015), Vol. 8, Biotechnology for Biofuels, England, C1-1

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High-resolution genetic mapping of allelic variants associated with cell wall chemistry in Populus

W Muchero, J Guo, S DiFazio, J Chen, P Ranjan, G Slavov, L Gunter, S Jawdy, A Bryan, R Sykes, A Ziebell, J Klápště, I Porth, O Skyba, F Unda, Y El-Kassaby, C Douglas, S Mansfield, J Martin, W Schackwitz, L Evans, O Czarnecki, G Tuskan

(2015), Vol. 16, BMC Genomics, England, C1-1

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Two-year field analysis of reduced recalcitrance transgenic switchgrass

H Baxter, M Mazarei, N Labbe, L Kline, Q Cheng, M Windham, D Mann, C Fu, A Ziebell, R Sykes, M Rodriguez, M Davis, J Mielenz, R Dixon, Z Wang, C Stewart

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 914-924, Plant Biotechnology Journal, England, C1-1

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Genetic Determinants for Enzymatic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Biomass are Independent of Those for Lignin abundance in a maize Recombinant Inbred population

B Penning, R Sykes, N Babcock, C Dugard, M Held, J Klimek, J Shreve, M Fowler, A Ziebell, M Davis, S Decker, G Turner, N Mosier, N Springer, J Thimmapuram, C Weil, M Mccann, N Carpita

(2014), Vol. 165, pp. 1475-1487, Plant Physiology, United States, C1-1

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Enhanced characteristics of genetically modified switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) for high biofuel production

H Shen, C Poovaiah, A Ziebell, T Tschaplinski, S Pattathil, E Gjersing, N Engle, R Katahira, Y Pu, R Sykes, F Chen, A Ragauskas, J Mielenz, M Hahn, M Davis, C Stewart, R Dixon

(2013), Vol. 6, Biotechnology for Biofuels, England, C1-1

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Overexpression of a BAHD acyltransferase, OsAt10, alters rice cell wall hydroxycinnamic acid content and saccharification

L Bartley, M Peck, S Kim, B Ebert, C Manisseri, D Chiniquy, R Sykes, L Gao, C Rautengarten, M Vega-Sánchez, P Benke, P Canlas, P Cao, S Brewer, F Lin, W Smith, X Zhang, J Keasling, R Jentoff, S Foster, J Zhou, A Ziebell, G An, H Scheller, P Ronald

(2013), Vol. 161, pp. 1615-1633, Plant Physiology, United States, C1-1

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Sunflower as a biofuels crop: An analysis oflignocellulosic chemical properties

A Ziebell, J Barb, S Sandhu, B Moyers, R Sykes, C Doeppke, K Gracom, M Carlile, L Marek, M Davis, S Knapp, J Burke

(2013), Vol. 59, pp. 208-217, Biomass and Bioenergy, C1-1

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Reducing the effect of variable starch levels in biomass recalcitrance screening

S Decker, M Carlile, M Selig, C Doeppke, M Davis, R Sykes, G Turner, A Ziebell

(2012), Vol. 908, pp. 181-195, Methods in Molecular Biology, United States, C1-1

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Radical coupling reactions in lignin synthesis: A density functional theory study

A Sangha, J Parks, R Standaert, A Ziebell, M Davis, J Smith

(2012), Vol. 116, pp. 4760-4768, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, United States, C1-1

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Molecular simulation as a tool for studying lignin

A Sangha, L Petridis, J Smith, A Ziebell, J Parks

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 47-54, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, E1-1


Increase in 4-coumaryl alcohol units during lignification in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) alters the extractability and molecular weight of lignin

A Ziebell, K Gracom, R Katahira, F Chen, Y Pu, A Ragauskas, R Dixon, M Davis

(2010), Vol. 285, pp. 38961-38968, Journal of Biological Chemistry, United States, C1-1

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NMR characterization of C3H and HCT down-regulated alfalfa lignin

Y Pu, F Chen, A Ziebell, B Davison, A Ragauskas

(2009), Vol. 2, pp. 198-208, Bioenergy Research, C1-1

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Parasiticidal 2-alkoxy- and 2-aryloxyiminoalkyl trifluoromethanesulfonanilides

A Ali, T Altamore, M Bliese, P Fisara, A Liepa, A Meyer, O Nguyen, R Sargent, D Sawutz, D Winkler, K Winzenberg, A Ziebell

(2008), Vol. 18, pp. 252-255, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, England, C1-1

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Copper(i) dicyanamide coordination polymers: Ladders, sheets, layers, diamond-like networks and unusual interpénétration!

S Batten, A Harris, P Jensen, K Murray, A Ziebell

(2000), pp. 3829-3835, Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Promoting Indigenous Engagement in Environmental Science in Australian University curricula

Dr Angela Ziebell

Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors Grants Program

  • 2023: $9,089
  • 2022: $18,178


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