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TJ Higgins AO

Title and Full Name: Dr Thomas Joseph Higgins AO

Qualifications Degree/Award Year Discipline/Field Organisation and Country

Doctor of Philosophy 1971 Plant Physiology University of California,Davis. USA

Master of Agricultural Science 1967 Plant Pathology National University, Ireland

Bachelor of Agricultural Science 1966 Agricultural Science National University, Ireland

Career History:

1967-71 PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis

1971-73 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Developmental Biology, Australian National University, Canberra

1981-82 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle

1973-2009 Research Scientist, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra

2000-2009 Deputy Chief, CSIRO Plant Industry

Current Position:

Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Agriculture and Food (2009- )

Current Roles

  • Project Member
    AATF Cowpea Research Collaboration2014-2023

  • Project Leader
    ACIAR Chickpea Collaboration2017-19

Academic Qualifications

  • 1971

    University of California, Davis

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020--

    Fellow of AAAS
    American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 2018--

    Corresponding Member
    American Society of Plant Biologists

  • 2017--

    Dr BP Pal Chair
    Indian National Science Academy

  • 2016--

    Order of Australia; Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Australian Government

  • 2009--

    Seed of Light Award
    Grains Research and Development Corporation

  • 2006--

    RN Rutherford Award
    Australian Society of Plant Scientists

  • 2004--

    Australian Academy of Science

  • 2003--

    Centenary Medal
    Australian Government

  • 1997--

    Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

  • 1993--

    Pharmacia-LKB Biotechnology Medal
    Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • 1982--

    Rivett Medal
    CSIRO Officers’ Association

  • 1978--

    Goldacre Medal
    Australian Society of Plant Physiology