Professor Paul Taylor is a professor of Plant Pathology with 23 years of research, teaching, and leadership experience at the University of Melbourne, with 14 years experience specifically in Plant Pathology and Biotechnology research with the Australian sugar industry. Prof Taylor leads a world-class research team in fungal plant pathology of agricultural and horticultural crops which has achieved distinction in advancing research in the areas of:
- Plant Soil Health – Identification of fungal pathogens associated with yield decline of cropping systems
- Biosecurity – Mitigating risk of incursion of exotic fungal plant pathogens; development of qPCR diagnostic tools
- Fungal Pathogen Genomics – Genome sequencing, taxonomy, identification of pathogenicity factors
- Abiotic Stress tolerances – Genetic transformation of Brassica for cold tolerance
Prof Taylor has more than 130 peer-reviewed research papers in ISI journals with a H index of 37, and 21 Book chapters. He has conducted internationally recognised research in Colletotrichum pathology and is a member of the International Sub commission on Colletotrichum Taxonomy. Prof Taylir has successfully supervised to completion 9 Master and 34 PhD students (5 Master and 23 as Principal) at the University of Melbourne and currently involved in supervision of another 5 PhD (as Principal).