Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital Territory

Master Class Professional Learning with Prof. Caitlin Byrt 

Purifying water:  A sustainable engineered solution

Associate Professor Caitlin Byrt is a plant scientist and a biotechnological innovator. Her pursuits span from advancing fundamental research, revealing how plants control cell membrane transport, to designing biotechnological solutions for addressing critical resource and water security challenges. 

The focus of Caitlin’s research is the identification and characterization of molecular mechanisms that plants use to tolerate stress and to control the transport of nutrients, metals, minerals and salts across their membranes.

Caitlin investigates how diverse plants successfully control cell membrane transport and uses this knowledge to design and commercialise biotechnological solutions for improving crop productivity and revolutionising membrane separation technologies for application in harvesting resources from wastewater, particularly in the mining industry.

Caitlin’s research identified the salt transport mechanisms used in plants with critical functions in contributing to salinity tolerance.   This information was used to improve pasta wheat productivity. Molecular markers developed by Caitlin for tracking these mechanisms in plant breeding programs are used across the globe to generate higher yielding crops.

Associate Professor Caitlin Byrt is co-founder and co-Director of Membrane Transport Engineers, a biotech start-up that develops components to improve crops.



$5 for SEAACT members; $10 for non-members

Catering will be provided.

Thursday, 18 July 2024 @ ANU, Research School of Biology

More details to come!

This program is TQI accredited for 2 hours of professional learning.