Dr Sam Periyannan

Research Scientist

Contact details:


I was brought up in a small farm in Southern part of India and I have come to find scientific research in Agricultural science as fascinating and rewarding. In particular, genetics and breeding of disease resistance has captured my interest, given that plant disease is a major threat to global food security.

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia

  • Adjunct Research Fellow
    University of Queensland, Australia

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    University of Sydney, Australia

Academic Qualifications

  • 2011

    The University of Sydney, Australia

  • 2008

    Postgraduate Diploma in Bio-informatics
    Bharathiar University, India

  • 2004

    M Sc (Agriculture) Specilization: Plant Pathology
    Kerala Agricultural University, India

  • 2001

    B Sc (Horticulture)
    Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India

Professional Experiences

  • 2011-2016

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Agriculture, Canberra, Australia

  • 2004-2007

    Senior Research Fellow
    Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016

    Peter Goldacre Award
    Australian Society of Plant Scientists

  • 2016

    Alan Wilton Award
    Genetics Society of AustralAsia

  • 2016

    DeLill Nasser Award
    Genetics Society of America

  • 2015

    Endeavour Executive Fellowship
    Department of Education, Australia

  • 2015

    Early Career Scientist Award
    European and Mediterranean Cereal Rusts Foundation

  • 2014

    Frank Fenner Scholarship Award

  • 2013

    Gene Stewardship Award
    Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, USA

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015

    Review Editor - Frontiers in Plant Science

  • 2014

    Ambassador - American Society of Plant Biologist, USA

  • 2015

    Board member - European and Mediterranean Cereal Rusts Foundation

  • 2014

    Associate Editor - Society for Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO) Journal of Breeding and Genetics


We have publications by Dr Sam Periyannan