Prof. Mark Tester

Professor of Bioscience, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Prof. Mark Tester is Professor of Bioscience at KAUST, Saudi Arabia. He was previously in Adelaide, where he was a Research Professor in the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics and Director of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility. Mark led the establishment of this facility, a $55m organisation that develops and delivers state-of-the-art phenotyping facilities, including The Plant Accelerator, an innovative plant growth and analysis facility. He also leads a research group in which forward and reverse genetic approaches are used to understand salinity tolerance and how to improve this in crops such as barley and tomatoes. Professor Tester was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship from Churchill College, Cambridge in 1988, a BBSRC (UK) Research Development Fellowship in 2001, and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship in 2004. Professor Tester obtained his Bachelor’s degree in botany from the University of Adelaide in 1984, and his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Cambridge in 1988.