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Dr Vivien Rolland

Pronouns: he,him,his

Team Leader & Senior Research Scientist


Vivien (Viv) Rolland is a collaborative plant microimaging & biotechnology expert with a mindset focused on developing cross-discipline solutions to improve crop value and sustainability.

For example, Viv investigates how recent advances in microimaging, image analysis and Artificial Intelligence can be used to investigate crop performance to deliver impact through better varieties. Viv co-leads the Object Detection activity of the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence FSP to use AI to develop practical solutions across domains and scales - from single-cell organisms to radiogalaxies!

Previously, he was involved in Synthetic Biology efforts to engineer crops to do new things: natural cotton fibres with new stretch properties to partially replace fossil-fuel based synthetics, or plant leaves with increased oil content to support a growing global demand. Up until late 2022, Viv was leading the Black Mountain microImaging Centre (BMIC), which provides expertise, training, and state-of-the art microimaging capabilities to 100+ users, to enable impactful scientific discoveries for Agriculture.

Viv is the recipient of a 2023 Nuffield Fellowship, the 2022 ACT Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year Award and a 2019 CSIRO Julius Career Award.

Viv is an Associate Editor for BMC Plant Methods, and he peer-reviews for a range of top-tier journals.
So far, Viv has co-authored 2 provisional patents and 31 scientific publications (Scopus citations: 853, H-factor=12, Google Scholar citations: 1201, H-factor=14) in The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Genome Biology, ISME J, WACV, Developmental Cell, The Plant Journal, Journal of Experimental Botany, Development, Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Microbiology, Plant Methods, Plant and Cell Physiology and Plant Direct.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2023-

    2023 Nuffield Fellowship
    Nuffield Australia

  • 2022-

    2022 ACT Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year Award
    Australian Institute of Policy and Science

  • 2019-2023

    2019 Julius Career Award

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Translational Biology

  • Senior Research Scientist

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012

    Doctorate in Molecular Biology
    University of Vienna, Austria

  • 2007

    MSc in Cellular & Molecular Biology and Oncology
    University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France

  • 2005

    BSc in Genetics and Developmental Biology
    University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France & University of Ottawa, Canada