Associate Professor David McCurdy

Associate Professor David McCurdy

Associate Professor

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Biological Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

My research interests lie in the field of plant cell and molecular biology. I am a member of the Centre for Plant Science in the Discipline of Biological Sciences. The group of plant scientists at Newcastle making up the Centre are internationally recognised for their research, reflected by plant biology research at Newcastle earning consecutive ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) rankings of 5 (maximum score) in both 2010 and 2012, one of only five research groupings at Newcastle to achieve this feat.

My PhD research (Supervisor: Richard Williamson) was conducted at both LaTrobe University and ANU and focused on the role of actin-like proteins in chloroplasts. After a three year Post-Doctoral appointment at the University of Georgia working on phytochrome with Prof Lee Pratt, I returned to the ANU as a Post-Doctoral Fellow working with Prof Brian Gunning and then independently as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow. Following these appointments at ANU, I moved to the University of Newcastle and joined the Plant Science Group as a Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Currently my research focus is on investigating the cell and molecular biology of transfer cells in plants. This research was initiated by an ARC-funded collaborations with A/Prof Tina Offler and later with Prof John Patrick. Transfer cells have evolved the unique capacity to build highly polarized wall ingrowths which serve to amplify plasma membrane surface area and hence increase the capacity of these cells to maximise nutrient transport. Apart from their important role in enhancing nutrient transport in plants, thus influencing crop yield, the deposition of highly polarised wall ingrowths represents a fascinating and unique example of localised wall deposition in plant cells. My research has used cell biological and EM techniques (Bulbert et al 1998 Protoplasma 201: 8-16; Talbot et al 2001, 2002, 2007; Vaughn et al 2007) to provide new insights into the unique morphology of wall ingrowths in transfer cells, and has used molecular techniques to shed light on the molecular regulation of both the induction of transfer cells (Dibley et al 2009; Zhou et al 2010; Andriunas et al 2011, 2012) and the subsequent building of reticulate papillate wall ingrowths (Zhang et al 2015, 2015, 2015). My significant input into studying transfer cell development includes co-supervising with A/P Offler the development of the dry-cleave procedure to visualize wall ingrowth morphology by SEM. This technique has been instrumental in obtaining a detailed morphological understanding of how the complex wall ingrowth apparatus originates from discrete papillate projections of the parent wall (Talbot et al 2001, 2002), and has been the foundation procedure for subsequent research on transfer cells in Vicia faba cotyledons in collaboration with A/P Offler and Prof Patrick.

My current research on transfer cells uses the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. Using Arabidopsis provides access to the enormous genetic and bioinformatics resources in this species to investigate molecular regulation of transfer cell development. We have used this approach to identify putative candidate regulators of transfer cell development (Edwards et al 2010; Arun-Chinnappa et al 2013) and we have developed a fluorescence staining procedure which allows confocal microscopy imaging of wall ingrowth deposition in this model species (Nguyen & McCurdy 2015). Results from these studies are providing new insights into the function of wall ingrowths in transfer cells and how this proces may be regulated.

A long-standing research interest of mine has focused on the actin cytoskeleton in plant cells. In collaboration with Prof Ray Rose, we investigated cytoskeletal regulation of organelle inheritance during plant cell division. This study formed the PhD research of Mr Michael Sheahan, and provided the first evidence that plants use tightly regulated mechanisms to achieve accurate organelle partitioning at cell division. This research has resulted in 4 publications (Sheahan et al 2004a, 2004b, 2005, 2007) and four reviews (Rose et al 2006a, 2006b, the latter an invited contribution to Encyclopedia of Life Sciences; Sheahan et al 2008; Sheahan et al 2016 - in press). The Plant Journal paper (Sheahan et al 2004a) attracted widespread interest and was reviewed as a Faculty of 1000 publication. The Plant Physiology paper (Sheahan et al 2004b) introduced a new tool (GFP:fABD2) to visualize actin dynamics in living plant cells which has been adopted by the international research community as the best available probe for this purpose. The development GFP:fABD2 led to a successful collaboration with Prof Chris Staiger (Purdue University) which produced a publication (Staiger et al 2009) using novel imaging techniques to monitor the dynamic properties of the actin network in plant cells. This paper continues to be one of the most highly cited papers on the actin cytoskeleton in plant cells. 

In addition to these research interests, in collaboration with Prof John Patrick we investigated the molecular biology of hexose transporters in developing tomato fruit. This ARC and Industry funded research resulted in the publication of three papers (Gear et al 2000; Dibley et al 2005; McCurdy et al 2010) and establishment of an Australian Provisional Patent (#2006906647 Plants with increased hexose content Patrick, Dibley & McCurdy).


Research Expertise

Research expertise in plant cell and molecular biology, focusing on transfer cells, plant cytoskeleton, cell wall and membrane transporters.

Teaching Expertise

BIOL3310 - Plant Cell and Molecular Biology; BIOL2220 - Plant Cell Development; BTEC2230 - Biomolecules; BIOL2002 - Laboratory Skills in Biology; BIOL3001 - Advanced Laboratory Skills

Administrative Expertise

Student Academic Conduct Officer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Program Convenor – B. Biotech. Honours Program.

Member: FSCIT Faculty Board.



Qualifications

  • PhD, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), La Trobe University

Keywords

  • Plant cell and molecular biology

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
060705 Plant Physiology 15
060702 Plant Cell and Molecular Biology 85

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/1992 -  Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - American Society of Plant Biologists American Society of Plant Biologists
United States
Member - The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists
Japan
1/01/2007 - 31/12/2007 Member - Organising Committee, ASPS ComBio Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/01/2009 Cell Biology Representative Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 McCurdy DW, 'Transfer Cells: Novel Cell Types with Unique Wall Ingrowth Architecture Designed for Optimized Nutrient Transport', Plant Cell Wall Patterning and Cell Shape, Wiley Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ 287-317 (2015)
DOI 10.1002/9781118647363.ch11
2007 Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, Sheahan MB, 'Plant mitochondria', Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Nature Publishing Group, London 1-8 (2007)
2006 Rose RJ, Fitter JT, McCurdy DW, Sheahan MB, 'Mitochondrial Somatic Genetics and Homeotic Effects on Flower Morphology', Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: advances and topical issues, Global Science Books, Isleworth, United Kingdom 210-215 (2006) [B1]
Co-authors Ray Rose, John Fitter
2000 McCurdy DW, Staiger CJ, 'Fimbrin', Actin: A Dynamic Framework for Multiple Plant Cell Functions, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht 87-101 (2000)
1991 McCurdy DW, Williamson RE, 'Actin and associated proteins', The Cytoskeletal Basis of Plant Growth and Form, Academic Press, London 3-14 (1991)
1990 Harmon AC, 'Calcium dependent protein kinase and its possible role in the regulation of the cytoskeleton', Current Topics in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology, University of Missouri, Columbia 119-128 (1990)
1989 Williamson RE, McCurdy DW, Grolig F, Hurley UA, Jablonski PP, Wasteneys GO, 'Methods for studying the plant cytoskeleton', Modern Methods of Plant Analysis, New Series, Springer-Verlag, Berlin 203-218 (1989)
1988 Wampler JE, Chen J, DeMendoza LG, Furukawa RH, McCurdy DW, Pruett L, et al., 'Strategies for spatially resolved microspectrofluorometric analysis', Time Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry, Proceedings of SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, The International Society for Optical Engineering, New York 319-327 (1988)
1986 Pratt LH, McCurdy DW, Shimazaki Y, Cordonnier M-M, 'Immunodetection of phytochrome: immunocytochemistry, immunoblotting, and immunoquantification', Modern Methods of Plant Analysis, New Series, Springer-Verlag, Berlin 50-74 (1986)
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Journal article (52 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Zhang HM, Imtiaz MS, Laver DR, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, Van Helden DF, Patrick JW, 'Polarized and persistent Ca2+ plumes define loci for formation of wall ingrowth papillae in transfer cells', Journal of Experimental Botany, 66 1179-1190 (2015)

© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology. Transfer cell morphology is characterized by a polarized ingrowth wall ... [more]

© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology. Transfer cell morphology is characterized by a polarized ingrowth wall comprising a uniform wall upon which wall ingrowth papillae develop at right angles into the cytoplasm. The hypothesis that positional information directing construction of wall ingrowth papillae is mediated by Ca2+ signals generated by spatiotemporal alterations in cytosolic Ca2+ ([Ca2+]cyt) of cells trans-differentiating to a transfer cell morphology was tested. This hypothesis was examined using Vicia faba cotyledons. On transferring cotyledons to culture, their adaxial epidermal cells synchronously trans-differentiate to epidermal transfer cells. A polarized and persistent Ca2+ signal, generated during epidermal cell trans-differentiation, was found to co-localize with the site of ingrowth wall formation. Dampening Ca2+ signal intensity, by withdrawing extracellular Ca2+ or blocking Ca2+ channel activity, inhibited formation of wall ingrowth papillae. Maintenance of Ca2+ signal polarity and persistence depended upon a rapid turnover (minutes) of cytosolic Ca2+ by co-operative functioning of plasma membrane Ca2+-permeable channels and Ca2+-ATPases. Viewed paradermally, and proximal to the cytosol-plasma membrane interface, the Ca2+ signal was organized into discrete patches that aligned spatially with clusters of Ca2+-permeable channels. Mathematical modelling demonstrated that these patches of cytosolic Ca2+ were consistent with inward-directed plumes of elevated [Ca2+]cyt. Plume formation depended upon an alternating distribution of Ca2+-permeable channels and Ca2+-ATPase clusters. On further inward diffusion, the Ca2+ plumes coalesced into a uniform Ca2+ signal. Blocking or dispersing the Ca2+ plumes inhibited deposition of wall ingrowth papillae, while uniform wall formation remained unaltered. A working model envisages that cytosolic Ca2+ plumes define the loci at which wall ingrowth papillae are deposited.

DOI 10.1093/jxb/eru460
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Tina Offler, Derek Laver, Dirk Vanhelden, John Patrick
2015 Zhang HM, Talbot MJ, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, Offler CE, 'Calcium-dependent depletion zones in the cortical microtubule array coincide with sites of, but do not regulate, wall ingrowth papillae deposition in epidermal transfer cells.', J Exp Bot, 66 6021-6033 (2015)
DOI 10.1093/jxb/erv317
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2015 Zhang HM, van Helden DF, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, Patrick JW, 'Plasma Membrane Ca2+-Permeable Channels are Differentially Regulated by Ethylene and Hydrogen Peroxide to Generate Persistent Plumes of Elevated Cytosolic Ca2+ During Transfer Cell Trans-Differentiation.', Plant Cell Physiol, 56 1711-1720 (2015)
DOI 10.1093/pcp/pcv100
Co-authors Tina Offler, Dirk Vanhelden, John Patrick
2015 Nguyen ST, McCurdy DW, 'High-resolution confocal imaging of wall ingrowth deposition in plant transfer cells: Semi-quantitative analysis of phloem parenchyma transfer cell development in leaf minor veins of Arabidopsis.', BMC Plant Biol, 15 109 (2015)
DOI 10.1186/s12870-015-0483-8
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Arun-Chinnappa KS, McCurdy DW, 'De novo assembly of a genome-wide transcriptome map of Vicia faba (L) for transfer cell research', Frontiers in Plant Science, 6 (2015)

© 2015 Gao, Jiang, Wing, Jiang and Jackson. All Rights Reserved. Vicia faba (L.) is an important cool-season grain legume species used widely in agriculture but also in plant phy... [more]

© 2015 Gao, Jiang, Wing, Jiang and Jackson. All Rights Reserved. Vicia faba (L.) is an important cool-season grain legume species used widely in agriculture but also in plant physiology research, particularly as an experimental model to study transfer cell (TC) development. TCs are specialized nutrient transport cells in plants, characterized by invaginated wall ingrowths with amplified plasma membrane surface area enriched with transporter proteins that facilitate nutrient transfer. Many TCs are formed by trans-differentiation from differentiated cells at apoplasmic/symplasmic boundaries in nutrient transport. Adaxial epidermal cells of isolated cotyledons can be induced to form functional TCs, thus providing a valuable experimental system to investigate genetic regulation of TC trans-differentiation. The genome of V. faba is exceedingly large (ca. 13 Gb), however, and limited genomic information is available for this species. To provide a resource for future transcript profiling of epidermal TC differentiation, we have undertaken de novo assembly of a genome-wide transcriptome map for V faba. Illumina paired-end sequencing of total RNA pooled from different tissues and different stages, including isolated cotyledons induced to form epidermal TCs, generated 69.5 M reads, of which 65.8 M were used for assembly following trimming and quality control. Assembly using a De-Bruijn graph-based approach generated 21,297 contigs, of which 80.6% were successfully annotated against GO terms. The assembly was validated against known V faba cDNAs held in GenBank, including transcripts previously identified as being specifically expressed in epidermal cells across TC trans-differentiation. This genome-wide transcriptome map therefore provides a valuable tool for future transcript profiling of epidermal TC trans-differentiation, and also enriches the genetic resources available for this important legume crop species.

DOI 10.3389/fpls.2015.00217
Citations Web of Science - 1
2015 Wolfenstetter S, Chakravorty D, Kula R, Urano D, Trusov Y, Sheahan MB, et al., 'Evidence for an unusual transmembrane configuration of AGG3, a class C G¿ subunit of Arabidopsis', Plant Journal, 81 388-398 (2015)

© 2014 The Authors The Plant Journal © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Heterotrimeric G proteins are crucial for the perception of external signals and subsequent signal transductio... [more]

© 2014 The Authors The Plant Journal © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Heterotrimeric G proteins are crucial for the perception of external signals and subsequent signal transduction in animal and plant cells. In both model systems, the complex comprises one Ga, one Gß, and one G¿ subunit. However, in addition to the canonical G¿ subunits (class A), plants also possess two unusual, plant-specific classes of G¿ subunits (classes B and C) that have not yet been found in animals. These include G¿ subunits lacking the C-terminal CaaX motif (class B), which is important for membrane anchoring of the protein; the presence of such subunits gives rise to a flexible sub-population of Gß/¿ heterodimers that are not necessarily restricted to the plasma membrane. Plants also contain class C G¿ subunits, which are twice the size of canonical G¿ subunits, with a predicted transmembrane domain and a large cysteine-rich extracellular C-terminus. However, neither the presence of the transmembrane domain nor the membrane topology have been unequivocally demonstrated. Here, we provide compelling evidence that AGG3, a class C G¿ subunit of Arabidopsis, contains a functional transmembrane domain, which is sufficient but not essential for plasma membrane localization, and that the cysteine-rich C-terminus is extracellular. Significance Statement AGG3 is the prototype of an unusual G¿ subunit of the heterotrimeric G protein complex. It is a type II membrane protein having a cysteine-rich extracellular domain.

DOI 10.1111/tpj.12732
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2014 McCurdy DW, Hueros G, 'Transfer cells', Frontiers in Plant Science, 5 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.3389/fpls.2014.00672
2013 Chinnappa KSA, Nguyen TTS, Hou J, Wu Y, McCurdy DW, 'Phloem parenchyma transfer cells in Arabidopsis - an experimental system to identify transcriptional regulators of wall ingrowth formation', Frontiers in Plant Science, 4 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.3389/fpls.2013.00102
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2012 Andriunas FA, Zhang H, Xia X, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'Reactive oxygen species form part of a regulatory pathway initiating trans-differentiation of epidermal transfer cells in Vicia faba cotyledons', Journal of Experimental Botany, 63 3617-3630 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2011 Chakravorty D, Trusov Y, Zhang W, Acharya BR, Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, et al., 'An atypical heterotrimeric G-protein gamma-subunit is involved in guard cell K(+)-channel regulation and morphological development in Arabidopsis thaliana', The Plant Journal, 67 840-851 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04638.x
Citations Scopus - 63Web of Science - 47
2011 Andriunas FA, Zhang H, Weber H, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, Patrick JW, 'Glucose and ethylene signalling pathways converge to regulate trans-differentiation of epidermal transfer cells in Vicia narbonensis cotyledons', The Plant Journal, 68 987-998 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2010 McCurdy DW, Dibley SJ, Cahyanegara R, Martin A, Patrick JW, 'Functional characterization and RNAi-mediated suppression reveals roles for hexose transporters in sugar accumulation by tomato fruit', Molecular Plant, 3 1049-1063 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/mp/ssq050
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 21
Co-authors John Patrick
2010 Zhou Y, Andriunas FA, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'An epidermal-specific ethylene signal cascade regulates trans-differentiation of transfer cells in Vicia faba cotyledons', New Phytologist, 185 931-943 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.03136.x
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2010 Edwards J, Martin A, Andriunas FA, Offler CE, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, 'GIGANTEA is a component of a regulatory pathway determining wall ingrowth deposition in phloem parenchyma transfer cells of Arabidopsis thaliana', The Plant Journal, 63 651-661 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-313x.2010.04269.x
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2009 Staiger CJ, Sheahan MB, Khurana P, Wang X, McCurdy DW, Blanchoin L, 'Actin filament dynamics are dominated by rapid growth and severing activity in the Arabidopsis cortical array', Journal of Cell Biology, 184 269-280 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1083/jcb.200806185
Citations Scopus - 120Web of Science - 111
2009 Dibley SJ, Zhou Y, Andriunas FA, Talbot MJ, Offler CE, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, 'Early gene expression programs accompanying trans-differentiation of epidermal cells of Vicia faba cotyledons into transfer cells', New Phytologist, 182 863-877 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02822.x
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2008 McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, Offler CE, 'Wall ingrowth formation in transfer cells: Novel examples of localized wall deposition in plant cells', Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 11 653-661 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pbi.2008.08.005
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2007 Talbot MJ, Wasteneys G, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, 'Deposition patterns of cellulose microfibrils in flange wall ingrowths of transfer cells indicate clear parallels with those of secondary wall thickenings', Functional Plant Biology, 34 307-313 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/fp06273
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Tina Offler
2007 Sheahan MB, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'Mechanisms of organelle inheritance in dividing plant cells', Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 49 1208-1218 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1672-9072.2007.00523.x
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Ray Rose
2007 Vaughn KC, Talbot MJ, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Wall ingrowths in epidermal transfer cells of Vicia faba cotyledons are modified primary walls marked by localized accumulations of arabinogalactan proteins', Plant and Cell Physiology, 48 159-168 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/pcp/pcl047
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 33
Co-authors Tina Offler
2007 Talbot MJ, Wasteneys GO, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Cellulose synthesis is required for deposition of reticulate wall ingrowths in transfer cells', Plant and Cell Physiology, 48 147-158 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/pcp/pcl046
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Tina Offler
2007 Sheahan MB, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'Actin-filament-dependent remodeling of the vacuole in cultured mesophyll protoplasts', Protoplasma, 230 141-152 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00709-006-0236-5
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 26
Co-authors Ray Rose
2005 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'Mitochondria as a connected population: ensuring continuity of the mitochondrial genome during plant cell dedifferentiation through massive mitochondrial fusion', The Plant Journal, 44 744-755 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2005.02561.x
Citations Scopus - 79Web of Science - 74
Co-authors Ray Rose
2005 Dibley SJ, Gear ML, Yang X, Rosche E, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'Temporal and spatial expression of hexose transporters in developing tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) fruit', Functional Plant Biology, 32 777-785 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/FP04224
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2005 Baluska F, Liners F, Hlavacka A, Schlicht M, Van Cutsem P, McCurdy DW, Menzel D, 'Cell wall pectins and xyloglucans are internalized into dividing root cells and accumulate within cell plates during cytokinesis', Protoplasma, 225 141-155 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00709-005-0095-5
Citations Scopus - 65Web of Science - 53
2004 Sheahan MB, Staiger C, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'A Green Fluorescent Protein Fusion to Actin-Binding Domain 2 of Arabidopsis Fimbrin Highlights New Features of a Dynamic Actin Cytoskeleton in Live Plant Cells', Plant Physiology, 136 3968-3978 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1104/pp.104.049411
Citations Scopus - 149Web of Science - 138
Co-authors Ray Rose
2004 Sheahan MB, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'Organelle inheritance in plant cell division: the actin cytoskeleton is required for unbiased inheritance of chloroplasts, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum in dividing protoplasts', Plant Journal, 37 379-390 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-313X.2003.01967.x
Citations Scopus - 96Web of Science - 90
Co-authors Ray Rose
2003 Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, Talbot MJ, 'Transfer Cells: Cells Specialized for a Special Purpose', Annual Review of Plant Biology, 54 431-454 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1146/annurev.arplant.54.031902.134812
Citations Scopus - 151Web of Science - 130
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2002 Baluska F, Hlavacka A, Samaj J, Palme K, Robinson D, Matoh T, et al., 'F-actin-dependent endocytosis of cell wall pectins in meristematic root cells. Insights from Brefeldin A-induced compartments', Plant Physiology, 130 422-431 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 175Web of Science - 159
2002 Talbot MJ, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Transfer cell wall architecture: a contribution towards understanding localized wall deposition', Protoplasma, 219 197-209 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 37
Co-authors Tina Offler
2001 Kovar DR, Gibbon BC, McCurdy DW, Staiger CJ, 'Fluorescently-labeled fimbrin decorates a dynamic actin filament network in live plant cells', Planta, 213 390-395 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 40Web of Science - 37
2001 McCurdy DW, Kovar DR, Staiger CJ, 'Actin and actin-binding proteins in higher plants', Protoplasma, 215 89-104 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 59Web of Science - 53
2001 Talbot MJ, Franceschi VR, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, 'Wall ingrowth architecture in epidermal transfer cells of Vicia faba cotyledons', Protoplasma, 215 191-203 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 32
Co-authors Tina Offler
2000 Gear ML, McPhillips ML, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, 'Hexose transporters of tomato:molecular cloning, expression analysis and functional characterization', PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, 44 687-697 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 37Web of Science - 36
Co-authors John Patrick
2000 Kovar DR, Staiger CJ, Weaver EA, McCurdy DW, 'AtFim1 is an actin filament crosslinking protein from Arabidopsis thaliana', THE PLANT JOURNAL, 24 (5) 625-636 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 89Web of Science - 88
1999 McCurdy DW, 'Is 2,3-butanedione monoxime an effective inhibitor of myosin-based activities in plant cells?', Protoplasma, 209 120-125 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 36
1998 McCurdy DW, Kim S-Y, 'Molecular cloning of a novel fimbrin-like cDNA from Arabidopsis thaliana', Plant Molecular Biology, 36 23-31 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 52Web of Science - 52
1998 Bulbert MW, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Polarized microtubule deposition coincides with wall ingrowth formation in transfer cells of Vicia faba L. cotyledons', Protoplasma, 201 8-16 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Tina Offler
1992 MCCURDY DW, HARMON AC, 'CALCIUM-DEPENDENT PROTEIN-KINASE IN THE GREEN-ALGA CHARA', PLANTA, 188 54-61 (1992)
DOI 10.1007/BF01160712
Citations Web of Science - 44
1992 McCurdy DW, Harmon AC, 'Calcium-dependent protein kinase in the green alga Chara', Planta, 188 54-61 (1992)

Cytoplasmic streaming in the characean algae is inhibited by micromolar rises in the level of cytosolic free Ca2+, but both the mechanism of action and the molecular components in... [more]

Cytoplasmic streaming in the characean algae is inhibited by micromolar rises in the level of cytosolic free Ca2+, but both the mechanism of action and the molecular components involved in this process are unknown. We have used monoclonal antibodies against soybean Ca2+-dependent protein kinase (CDPK), a kinase that is activated by micromolar Ca2+ and co-localizes with actin filaments in higher-plant cells (Putnam-Evans et al., 1989, Cell Motil. Cytoskel. 12, 12-22) to identify and localize its characean homologue. Immunoblot analysis revealed that CDPK in Chara corralina Klein ex. Wild shares the same relative molecular mass (51-55 kDa) as the kinase purified from soybean, and after electrophoresis in denaturing gels is capable of phosphorylating histone III-S in a Ca2+-dependent manner. Immunofluorescence microscopy localized CDPK in Chara to the subcortical actin bundles and the surface of small organelles and other membrane components of the streaming endoplasm. The endoplasmic sites carrying CDPK were extracted from internodal cells by vacuolar perfusion with 1 mM ATP or 10-4 M Ca2+. Both the localization of CDPK and its extraction from internodal cells by perfusion with ATP or high Ca2+ are properties similar to that reported for the heavy chain of myosin in Chara (Grolig et al., 1988, Eur. J. Cell Biol. 47, 22-31). Based on its endoplasmic location and inferred enzymatic properties, we suggest that CDPK may be a putative element of the signal-transduction pathway that mediates the rapid Ca2+-induced inhibition of streaming that occurs in the characean algae. © 1992 Springer-Verlag.

DOI 10.1007/BF00198939
Citations Scopus - 34
1992 MCCURDY DW, HARMON AC, 'PHOSPHORYLATION OF A PUTATIVE MYOSIN LIGHT CHAIN IN CHARA BY CALCIUM-DEPENDENT PROTEIN-KINASE', PROTOPLASMA, 171 85-88 (1992)
DOI 10.1007/BF01379284
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 22
1992 HARPER JDI, MCCURDY DW, SANDERS MA, SALISBURY JL, JOHN PCL, 'ACTIN DYNAMICS DURING THE CELL-CYCLE IN CHLAMYDOMONAS-REINHARDTII', CELL MOTILITY AND THE CYTOSKELETON, 22 117-126 (1992)
DOI 10.1002/cm.970220205
Citations Web of Science - 39
1991 MCCURDY DW, PALEVITZ BA, GUNNING BES, 'EFFECT OF CYTOCHALASINS ON ACTIN IN DIVIDING ROOT-TIP CELLS OF ALLIUM AND TRITICUM - A COMPARATIVE IMMUNOCYTOCHEMICAL STUDY', CELL MOTILITY AND THE CYTOSKELETON, 18 107-112 (1991)
DOI 10.1002/cm.970180205
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 8
1990 JOHN PCL, SEK FJ, CARMICHAEL JP, MCCURDY DW, 'P34CDC2 HOMOLOG LEVEL, CELL-DIVISION, PHYTOHORMONE RESPONSIVENESS AND CELL-DIFFERENTIATION IN WHEAT LEAVES', JOURNAL OF CELL SCIENCE, 97 627-630 (1990)
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 46
1990 John PCL, Sek FJ, Carmichael JP, McCurdy DW, 'p34cdc2 homologue level, cell division, phytohormone responsiveness and cell differentiation in wheat leaves', Journal of Cell Science, 97 627-630 (1990)

Formation of a plant involves generation of new cells by the division cycle and development in these of specialised structure and metabolism. Specialisation is accompanied by a de... [more]

Formation of a plant involves generation of new cells by the division cycle and development in these of specialised structure and metabolism. Specialisation is accompanied by a decreasing capacity for division, which declines with particular rapidity in cells of monocotyledonous plants such as the cereals. Here we report that in wheat leaves a homologue of the cell cycle control protein p34cdc2 participates in the control of these developmental programmes. Accumulation of p34cdc2 to a maximum level in dividing cells and the cessation of its accumulation during subsequent cell growth and expansion indicate that it contributes specifically to division. There is a decline in p34cdc2 level as cell differentiation proceeds, in close parallel with the previously established decline of cell division in response to auxin hormones. A basal level of p34cdc2 in fully differentiated cells that is one-sixteenth of that in dividing cells correlates with their loss of capacity to divide. We conclude that p34cdc2 level is controlled in diverse multicellular eukaryotes and suggest that it is an important element in the switch from cell division to differentiation.

Citations Scopus - 23
1990 MCCURDY DW, GUNNING BES, 'REORGANIZATION OF CORTICAL ACTIN MICROFILAMENTS AND MICROTUBULES AT PREPROPHASE AND MITOSIS IN WHEAT ROOT-TIP CELLS - A DOUBLE LABEL IMMUNOFLUORESCENCE STUDY', CELL MOTILITY AND THE CYTOSKELETON, 15 76-87 (1990)
DOI 10.1002/cm.970150204
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 66
1988 MCCURDY DW, SAMMUT M, GUNNING BES, 'IMMUNOFLUORESCENT VISUALIZATION OF ARRAYS OF TRANSVERSE CORTICAL ACTIN MICROFILAMENTS IN WHEAT ROOT-TIP CELLS', PROTOPLASMA, 147 204-206 (1988)
DOI 10.1007/BF01403349
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 35
1987 MCCURDY DW, WILLIAMSON RE, 'AN ACTIN-RELATED PROTEIN INSIDE PEA-CHLOROPLASTS', JOURNAL OF CELL SCIENCE, 87 449-456 (1987)
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 21
1987 WILLIAMSON RE, MCCURDY DW, HURLEY UA, PERKIN JL, 'ACTIN OF CHARA GIANT INTERNODAL CELLS - A SINGLE ISOFORM IN THE SUBCORTICAL FILAMENT BUNDLES AND A LARGER, IMMUNOLOGICALLY RELATED PROTEIN IN THE CHLOROPLASTS', PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 85 268-272 (1987)
DOI 10.1104/pp.85.1.268
Citations Web of Science - 22
1986 MCCURDY DW, PRATT LH, 'IMMUNOGOLD ELECTRON-MICROSCOPY OF PHYTOCHROME IN AVENA - IDENTIFICATION OF INTRACELLULAR SITES RESPONSIBLE FOR PHYTOCHROME SEQUESTERING AND ENHANCED PELLETABILITY', JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY, 103 2541-2550 (1986)
DOI 10.1083/jcb.103.6.2541
Citations Web of Science - 59
1986 MCCURDY DW, PRATT LH, 'KINETICS OF INTRACELLULAR REDISTRIBUTION OF PHYTOCHROME IN AVENA COLEOPTILES AFTER ITS PHOTOCONVERSION TO THE ACTIVE, FAR-RED-ABSORBING FORM', PLANTA, 167 330-336 (1986)
DOI 10.1007/BF00391335
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 25
1986 WILLIAMSON RE, PERKIN JL, MCCURDY DW, CRAIG S, HURLEY UA, 'PRODUCTION AND USE OF MONOCLONAL-ANTIBODIES TO STUDY THE CYTOSKELETON AND OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE CORTICAL CYTOPLASM OF CHARA', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY, 41 1-8 (1986)
Citations Web of Science - 26
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2007 Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, Sheahan MB, 'Plant mitochondria', Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (2007) [D1]
Co-authors Ray Rose

Conference (42 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Nguyen S, Zimmerman K, Arun Chinnappa KS, Collings D, McCurdy DW, 'Asymmetric distribution of AtSWEET sucrose effluxers in phloem parenchyma transfer cells of Arabidopsis veins', Poster Abstracts (2013) [E3]
2013 Wu Y, Hou J, Arun Chinnappa KS, Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, 'Investigating roles for At3g04420 and At1g33060, two NAC-domain transcription factors, as master regulators of transfer cell development in Arabidopsis thaliana', Poster Abstracts (2013) [E3]
2012 Zhang H, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, Patrick JW, 'Ethylene and ROS regulate CA2+ channel activity to direct wall ingrowth formation of transfer cells', Poster abstracts. Combio 2012 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2012 McCurdy DW, Hou J, Wu YB, Arun Chinnappa KS, Sheahan MB, 'Genetic regulation of phloem parenchyma transfer cell development in arabidopsis', Poster abstracts. Combio 2012 (2012) [E3]
2010 Talbot MJ, Zhang H, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, 'Construction of reticulate walll ingrowth labyrinths of transfer cells', International Conference on Plant Vascular Biology 2010: PVB2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2010 Zhang H, Van Helden DF, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'Calcium is a component of the signalling cascade leading to wall ingrowth formation in transfer cells', International Conference on Plant Vascular Biology 2010: PVB2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Dirk Vanhelden, Tina Offler
2010 Patrick JW, Dibley SJ, Martin A, Pugh D, McCurdy DW, 'Hexose transporters: The quiet achievers of sweeter outcomes', Plant Membrane Biology 15th International Workshop, Adelaide 2010: Programme & Abstracts (2010) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick
2010 Zhang H, Van Helden DF, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'Signalling related to solute and hormone transport I', Plant Membrane Biology 15th International Workshop, Adelaide 2010: Programme & Abstracts (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick, Dirk Vanhelden
2010 Zhang H, Van Helden DF, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'A two-pore calcium channel is a component of the signalling cascade leading to wall ingrowth formation in transfer cells', Plant Membrane Biology 15th International Workshop, Adelaide 2010: Programme & Abstracts (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick, Dirk Vanhelden
2009 Patrick JW, Dibley SJ, Martin A, Ruan Y-L, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Fruit loading of sugars: The quest for a sweeter outcome', ComBio 2009 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan, Tina Offler
2009 Staiger C, Sheahan MB, Khurana P, Wang X, McCurdy DW, Blanchoin L, 'Stochastic dynamics of actin filaments in the cortical array of Arabidopsis epidermal cells', Plant Biology 2009: Final Program (2009) [E3]
2009 Zhang H, Van Helden DF, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, Patrick JW, 'Calcium functions in the signalling cascade leading to wall ingrowth formation in transfer cells', ComBio 2009 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Dirk Vanhelden, Tina Offler
2008 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'Distinct inheritance mechanisms for non-DNA containing organelles in plant cells initiating cell division', Proceedings of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2008 Offler CE, Dibley SJ, Zhou Y, Talbot MJ, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, 'Transfer cells play a role in seed development: How are their ingrowth walls deposited?', Proceedings of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2008 Edwards J, Offler CE, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, 'Gigantea regulates transfer cell development in arabidopsis', Proceedings of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2008) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2008 Andriunas FA, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'Reactive oxygen species regulate induction of transfer cell wall ingrowths in cotyledons of Vicia faba', Proceedings of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2008 Zhang H, Grant F, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, Offler CE, 'Calcium functions in the signalling cascade leading to wall ingrowth formation in transfer cells', Proceedings of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2007 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'Peroxisome-mediated detoxification of mitochondrial ros in dedifferentiating plant cells', Combined Conference Abstracts - ComBio 2007 Conference (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2007 Sheahan MB, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'Functional differences in vegetative actins observed in dedifferentiating plant cells', Combined Conference Abstracts - ComBio 2007 Conference (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2007 Offler CE, Talbot MJ, McCurdy DW, 'The role of microtubules in building reticulate and flange wall ingrowths of transfer cells', Combined Conference Abstracts - ComBio 2007 Conference (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler
2007 Dibley SJ, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'Hexose/H* symporters LEHT1 and LEHT3 are key determinants of sugar accumulation in tomato fruit', Combined Conference Abstracts - ComBio 2007 Conference (2007) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick
2007 Andriunas FA, Zhou Y, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'Ethylene is an inductive signal for transfer cell development in cotyledons of faba bean', Combined Conference Abstracts - ComBio 2007 Conference (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2007 Dibley SJ, Zhou Y, Talbot MJ, Offler CE, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, 'Transcriptome profiling reveals complex and extensive transcriptional regulation accompanying transfer cell development in epidermal cells of vicia faba cotyledon', Combined Conference Abstracts - ComBio 2007 Conference (2007) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2007 Offler CE, Talbot MJ, Dibley SJ, Vaughan KC, Wasteneys G, McCurdy DW, 'Cellulose provides the scaffolding for deposition of wall ingrowths in transfer cells', International Conference on Plant Vascular Biology 2007. Program and Abstract Book (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler
2007 Dibley SJ, Zhou Y, Talbot MJ, Offler CE, Patrick JW, McCurdy DW, 'Transcriptome profiling & transfer cell development', International Conference on Plant Vascular Biology 2007. Program and Abstract Book (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler, John Patrick
2006 Zhou Y, Andriunas FA, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, Patrick JW, 'The Role of Ethylene in the Induction of Transfer Cells in Cotyledons of Faba Bean', Combined Conference Abstracts (2006) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2006 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'Deciphering the Molecular Mechanism of Organelle Partitioning in Plant Cell Division', Conference Abstracts (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2006 Sheahan MB, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'Molecular Dissection of Actin Cytoskeletal Involvement in Chloroplast Partitioning', Book of Abstracts (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2006 Dibley SJ, Talbot MJ, Vaughn K, Wasteneys GO, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Cellulose is required for localized wall ingrowth deposition in transfer cells of Vicia faba cotyledons', ComBio 2006 Abstracts (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler
2006 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'An Analysis of Organelle Partitioning Before Divisionin Mesophyll Protoplasts of Medicago Truncatula with GFP-Labelled Endoplasmic Reticulum or Actin Filaments', Handbook & Abstracts (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2004 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'Maintaining Mitochondrial and Mitochondrial Genome Continuity: Inheritance processes in divising tobacco Mesophyll Protoplasts', ComBio Conference Abstracts (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2003 Talbot MJ, Wasteneys GO, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, 'Cellulose microfibrils act as a scaffold for localized cell wall deposition in transfer cells', Australian Society of Plant Scientists 43rd Annual Meeting (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler
2003 Gao L, McCurdy DW, Staiger CJ, 'Biochemical and genetic analysis of the Arabidopsis fimbrin gene family', 14th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research: Abstracts (2003) [E3]
2003 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'Organelle Inheritance in dividing protoplasts is actin dependent', 7th International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology Book of Abstracts (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2003 Sheahan MB, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'Unbiased inheritance of chloroplasts, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum in protoplasts acquiring totipotency requires actin filaments', ComBio Combined Conference Abstracts (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2002 Talbot MJ, Wasteneys GO, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Cellulose microfibril orientation in transfer cells', Australian Society of Plant Physiologists 42nd Annual Meeting (2002) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler
2002 Sheahan MB, McCurdy DW, Rose RJ, 'Cytoplasmic inheritance in dedifferentiating plant cells is cytoskeleton-dependent', Proceedings of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2002) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2001 Sheahan MB, Rose RJ, McCurdy DW, 'Actin filaments are required for accurate chloroplast segregation in regenerating Nicotiana Tabacum mesophyll protoplasts', Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Incorp - Combio 2001 (2001) [E3]
Co-authors Ray Rose
2001 Patrick JW, Gear ML, Rosche E, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Spatial and temporal expression of hexose transporter genes in developing tomato fruit', Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Incorp - Combio 2001 (2001) [E3]
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler
2001 Talbot MJ, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, 'Wall ingrowth deposition in transfer cells', Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Incorp - Combio 2001 (2001) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler
2001 Talbot MJ, McCurdy DW, Offler CE, 'Wall ingrowth deposition in transfer cells', 9th International Cell Wall Meeting (2001) [E3]
Co-authors Tina Offler
1990 HARMON AC, MCCURDY DW, 'CALCIUM-DEPENDENT PROTEIN-KINASE AND ITS POSSIBLE ROLE IN THE REGULATION OF THE CYTOSKELETON', CURRENT TOPICS IN PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1990, VOL 9 (1990)
Citations Web of Science - 7
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Arun Chinnappa KS, Hou J, Wu Y, Sheahan M, McCurdy DW, 'Identification of two MYB-related transcription factors, At4g09450 and At2g38090, as putative regulators of wall ingrowth deposition in phloem parenchyma transfer cells', ( pp.1-2): ICAR (2013) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 28
Total funding $5,514,804

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20142 grants / $425,000

Expansion and Upgrade of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$230,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Andy Eamens, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300636
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Expansion and Upgrade of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$195,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Andy Eamens, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300231
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $160,000

Refurbishment of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$160,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy, Professor Christopher Grof, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200380
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $15,000

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Emerging Research Leaders Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200646
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20113 grants / $1,244,000

Specialised Greenhouse Space for New Initiatives $500,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Christopher Grof, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000631
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Expansion of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$450,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Christopher Grof, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000458
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Wall Ingrowth Formation in Plant Transfer Cells - Discovering Regulatory Transcription Factor Cascades$294,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1000128
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20105 grants / $627,000

Laser microdissection microscopy system for cell and development biology$350,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Eileen McLaughlin, Conjoint Professor Keith Jones, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Professor Brett Nixon, Doctor Shaun Roman, Professor Alan Brichta, Doctor Rick Thorne, Doctor Doug Smith, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Professor Christopher Grof, Emeritus Professor Leonie Ashman, Professor Gordon Burns, Associate Professor Brett Graham, Associate Professor Paul Tooney, Professor Roger Smith, Laureate Professor Paul Foster, Professor Trevor Day, Professor Robert Callister
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190369
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

ARE - Researcher of the Year 2010$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Award for Research Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001075
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Faculty of Science and IT - Award for Research Excellence$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Award for Research Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001019
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20093 grants / $995,000

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy for Live Cell Imaging$275,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Keith Jones, Professor Eileen McLaughlin, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor Leonie Ashman, Professor Gordon Burns, Professor Dirk Van Helden, Doctor Nikki Verrills, Professor Brett Nixon, Doctor Shaun Roman, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Doctor Rick Thorne, Professor Mike Calford
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189038
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

20071 grants / $2,500

International Conference on Plant Vascular Biology 2007, Academic Sinica Taipei, Taiwan, 7/5/2007 - 11/5/2007$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187777
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20062 grants / $323,500

Induction of Plant Transfer Cells - Discovering Regulatory Networks$322,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0185249
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

8th International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology, Adelaide Convention Centre, 20 - 25/8/2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186879
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20052 grants / $507,189

Plant Transfer Cells - Discovering the Mechanisms of Wall Ingrowth Formation$300,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0184327
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20042 grants / $339,004

Upgrade and expansion of Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$329,504

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Geoffrey MacFarlane, Professor John Rodger
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183029
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Mechanisms of wall ingrowth deposition intransfer cells.$9,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183471
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20002 grants / $108,240

Genetic engineering of enhanced sweetness and flavour in tomato fruit$78,240

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0178642
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Genetic engineering of enhanced sweetness and flavour in tomato fruit$30,000

Funding body: Yates Vegetable Seeds Pty Ltd

Funding body Yates Vegetable Seeds Pty Ltd
Project Team Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme SPIRT Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181250
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

19991 grants / $203,107

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope Facility.$203,107

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor John Aitken, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Doctor Tim Roberts, Conjoint Associate Professor Russell Jones, Doctor John Clulow, Emeritus Professor John Rostas, Professor Alistair Sim, Professor Gordon Burns, Conjoint Professor Loris Chahl, DR DAVID KAY
Scheme Large Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0177945
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

19981 grants / $250,000

Specialised Environmental Space for Newcastle Plant Growth$250,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Mr Michael Cole
Scheme Large Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177584
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

19961 grants / $180,000

Molecular biology of plasma membrane hexose porters in developing tomato fruit$180,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Large Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0175260
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19941 grants / $135,264

94,95,96 GRANT. Molecular control of plant cell morphogenesis: actin-binding proteins and their genes.$135,264

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor David McCurdy
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0172923
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed6
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Investigating Molecular Regulation of Transfer Cell Development in the Model Flowering Plant Arabidopsis Thaliana
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Investigating a Role for NAC Transcription Factors as Master Regulators of Transfer Cell Development in Arabidopsis Thaliana
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Investigating Signals Regulating Transfer Cell Development in the Model Flowering Plant Arabidopsis thaliana
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Discovering Transcription Factors Regulating Wall Ingrowth Formation in Plant Transfer Cells
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Discovering Roles of Calcium and Cortical Microtubules in Directing Ingrowth Wall Formation During Trans-Differentiation of Epidermal Cells to a Transfer Cell Morphology
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Transfer Cell Trans-differentiation in Vicia Faba Cotyledons: Regulatory Roles of Ethylene, Glucose and Reactive Oxygen Species
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Towards an Understanding of Organelle Inheritance Processes During Plant Cell Dedifferentiation
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006 PhD Investigating mechanisms of localized wall ingrowth deposition in transfer cells
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005 PhD The Role of Hexose/H+ Symporters in Sugar Accumulation by Fruit of Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum)
PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2001 PhD Molecular biology of hexose transporters in tomato fruit
Biol Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor David McCurdy

Position

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

Email david.mccurdy@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5879
Fax (02) 4921 5472

Office

Room BG13
Building Biological Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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