Blog icon

Dr Paul Boss

Principal Research Scientist


Please enter a valid first name

Please enter a valid last name

Please enter a valid email address

Please enter your message to send to the contact

Contact details:



Paul completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and was awarded an MSc in 1994 having investigated the causes of browning in apples.  In that same year Paul moved to Adelaide to take up a PhD scholarship in the first Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture.  Paul’s PhD project concerned the molecular biological processes involved with the production of anthocyanin pigments in grape berry skins.  Following this, Paul took up a research position at CSIRO Plant Industry to investigate inflorescence formation in grapes with the major goal of rapidly inducing flower production in juvenile vines.  This interest in flowering and molecular genetics lead Dr Boss to the John Innes Centre in England where he worked on flowering in the model plant Arabidopsis.  In 2004, Paul returned to Adelaide to lead a research group at CSIRO Plant Industry investigating flavour and aroma development in grape berries, with a particular interest in the link between grape secondary metabolism and wine flavour and aroma. His current research activities bring together the disciplines of analytical chemistry, molecular biology and genetics to understand the impact of environment, management and genotype on grape secondary metabolism.   

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Grapevine Gene-editing

  • Affiliate Associate Professor
    University of Adelaide

Academic Qualifications

  • 1998

    Unversity of Adelaide

  • 1994

    MSc (Hons)
    University of Auckland

  • 1991

    University of Auckland

Professional Experiences

  • 2001-2004

    Postdoctoral Fellow, John Innes Centre UK, Vernalisation in Arabidopsis

  • 1998-2001

    Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Plant Industry, Grapevine flowering

We have publications by Dr Paul Boss