Dr Milos Tanurdzic

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 52045


My research interests are at the intersection of plant developmental genetics, functional genomics, and molecular and systems biology, following my doctoral and postdoctoral training in the USA. The research effort in my group is focused on harnessing transformative genomics technology to understand the genetics of plant development, and to discover regulatory mechanisms coordinating plant growth and development. We utilize a variety of plant species in our research, from the model plant organism Arabidopsis to grain and horticultural crops like wheat, mango, avocado and macadamia. We employ a range of techniques based on high throughout DNA sequencing to explore gene expression, chromatin accessibility and modifications from single cell to whole plant levels, bioinformatics and computational biology tools to infer genetic components of gene regulatory networks, as well as gene editing technology to evaluate phenotipic consequences of perturbations in gene regulatory networks.

Research Impacts

We continuosly work on translating our basic research findings and genome profiling technologies to improve and intensify crop production in collaborative research with government and industry partners.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University


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Book Chapter

  • Kerr, Stephanie C., Gaiti, Federico and Tanurdzic, Milos (2019). De novo plant transcriptome assembly and annotation using illumina RNA-seq reads. Plant long non-coding RNAs: methods and protocols. (pp. 265-275) edited by Julia A. Chekanova and Hsiao-Lin V. Wang. New York, NY, United States: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-9045-0_16

  • Finigan, Patrick, Tanurdzic, Milos and Martienssen, Robert A. (2012). Origins of novel phenotypic variation in polyploids. Polyploidy and Genome Evolution. (pp. 57-76) edited by Pamela S. Soltis and Douglas E. Soltis. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-31442-1_4

  • Rutherford, George, Tanurdzic, Milos, Hasebe, Mitsuyasu and Banks, Jo Ann (2012). Reverse Genetic Analyses of Gene Function in Fern Gametophytes. Vascular Plants and Paleobotany. (pp. 54-66) edited by Philip Stewart and Sabine Globig. Point Pleasant, NJ, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b12226-6

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Martienssen, R. A., Kloc, A., Slotkin, R. K. and Tanurdzic, M. (2008). Epigenetic inheritance and reprogramming in plants and fission yeast. 73rd Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, New York, 28 May - 2 June 2008. Woodbury, NY, United States: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. doi: 10.1101/sqb.2008.73.062

  • Martienssen, Rob, Zaratiegui, Mikel, Irvine, Danielle, Goto, Derek, Slotkin, Keith, Tanurdzic, Milos, Lippman, Zach, Vaughn, Matt, May, Bruce, Cande, Zac, Colot, Vincent and Doerge, R. W. (2007). Silent running: RNA interference and heterochromatic modification. 16th International Chromosome Conference (ICC 16), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 25-29 August 2007. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/s10577-007-1912-9

  • Tanurdžić, Miloš, Doerge, Rebecca and Martienssen, Robert (2005). Microarrays: Design, analysis, and applications in functional genomics. doi: 10.2298/A000503124T

  • Craig, B. A., Vitek, O., Black, M. A., Tanurdzic, M. and Doerge, R. W. (2001). Designing microarrays. 13th Annual Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture, Manhattan, Kansas, United States, April 29 - May 1, 2001. Manhattan, Kansas, United States: New Prairie Press. doi: 10.4148/2475-7772.1223

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision