Doctor Michelle Mak

Doctor Michelle Mak

Associate Lecturer Protected Cropping,
Food Sciences



  • PhD Western Sydney University
  • BSc(Hons) Western Sydney University
  • B. Nat Sci (Sust Ag and Food Sec.) University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Appointed Board Member, Protected Cropping Australia (2021 - 2021)
  • Member of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2021)
  • Member of the Association of Australian Cotton Scientist (2021)
  • Member of the Universities Australia Executive Women Group (2021)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Food Sciences


Phone: (02) 4570 1376
Location: M15.G.50

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300790 Agriculture, Food and Health, 2021
  • 301096 Horticultural Production Systems, 2021
  • 301214 Protected Cropping Biosecurity and Pollination, 2019
  • 301263 Protected Cropping Climate Control and Technology, 2019
  • 301358 Advanced Greenhouse Technology, 2020
  • 301361 Industry Project, 2020
  • 301362 Industry Project (Extended), 2021


Journal Articles

  • Mak, M., Beattie, K., Basta, A., Randall, D., Chen, Z. and Spooner-Hart, R. (2021), 'Triangulation of methods using insect cell lines to investigate insecticidal mode-of-action', Pest Management Science, vol 77, no 1 , pp 492 - 501.
  • Chen, X., Jiang, W., Tong, T., Chen, G., Zeng, F., Jang, S., Gao, W., Li, Z., Mak, M., Deng, F. and Chen, Z. (2021), 'Molecular interaction and evolution of jasmonate signaling with transport and detoxification of heavy metals and metalloids in plants', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 12 .
  • Mak, M., Zhang, M., Randall, D., Holford, P., Milham, P., Wu, F., Zhang, G. and Chen, Z. (2019), 'Chloride transport at plant-soil interface modulates barley Cd tolerance', Plant and Soil, vol 441, no 1-2 , pp 409 - 421.
  • Liu, X., Fan, Y., Mak, M., Babla, M., Holford, P., Wang, F., Chen, G., Scott, G., Wang, G., Shabala, S., Zhou, M. and Chen, Z. (2017), 'QTLs for stomatal and photosynthetic traits related to salinity tolerance in barley', BMC Genomics, vol 18 .
  • Liu, X., Cai, S., Wang, G., Wang, F., Dong, F., Mak, M., Holford, P., Ji, J., Salih, A., Zhou, M., Shabala, S. and Chen, Z. (2017), 'Halophytic NHXs confer salt tolerance by altering cytosolic and vacuolar K+ and Na+ in Arabidopsis root cell', Plant Growth Regulation, vol 82, no 2 , pp 333 - 351.
  • Chen, Z., Wang, Y., Wang, J., Babla, M., Zhao, C., Garcia-Mata, C., Sani, E., Differ, C., Mak, M., Hills, A., Amtmann, A. and Blatt, M. (2016), 'Nitrate reductase mutation alters potassium nutrition as well as nitric oxide-mediated control of guard cell ion channels in Arabidopsis', New Phytologist, vol 209, no 4 , pp 1456 - 1469.
  • Mak, M., Babla, M., Xu, S., O'Carrigan, A., Liu, X., Gong, Y., Holford, P. and Chen, Z. (2014), 'Leaf mesophyll K+, H+ and Ca2+ fluxes are involved in drought-induced decrease in photosynthesis and stomatal closure in soybean', Environmental and Experimental Botany, vol 98 , pp 1 - 12.
  • O'Carrigan, A., Hinde, E., Lu, N., Xu, X., Duan, H., Huang, G., Mak, M., Bellotti, W. and Chen, Z. (2014), 'Effects of light irradiance on stomatal regulation and growth of tomato', Environmental and Experimental Botany, vol 98 , pp 65 - 73.
  • O'Carrigan, A., Babla, M., Wang, F., Liu, X., Mak, M., Thomas, R., Bellotti, W. and Chen, Z. (2014), 'Analysis of gas exchange, stomatal behaviour and micronutrients uncovers dynamic response and adaptation of tomato plants to monochromatic light treatments', Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, vol 82 , pp 105 - 115.
  • Liu, X., Mak, M., Babla, M., Wang, F., Chen, G., Veljanoski, F., Wang, G., Shabala, S., Zhou, M. and Chen, Z. (2014), 'Linking stomatal traits and expression of slow anion channel genes HvSLAH1 and HvSLAC1 with grain yield for increasing salinity tolerance in barley', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 5, no 11 , pp 1 - 12.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Effect of altered light on the production and molecular physiology of lettuce in high-tech greenhouse
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Genetic and Physiological Characterisation of Cotton Sodicity Tolerance
Field of Research:

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