Professor Eddie Pang
+61 3 9925 7137
Science, Engineering & Health
- Undergraduate teaching in plant science, genetics and molecular biology
- Postgraduate teaching in molecular genetics, tissue culture and Chinese medicinal botany
- Supervision of Masters and PhD students
- Member of a number of University committees
- PhD, University of Melbourne, 1992
- Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1988
Professional interests / industry involvement
- Member of the Australasian Plant Breeders Association
- City of Whittlesea Steering Committee for Chinese Herbal Farming
- Frequent reviewer for a number of Australian and international journals
- Frequent examiner of PhD and Masters theses
- Expert Reviewer, Qatar National Research Foundation
My main research focus is on the use of molecular (DNA/RNA) methodologies for accelerating the production of new plant varieties for agriculture. My research team is currently using DNA microarrays, genome maps and PCR-based diagnostics to detect and map genes responsible for resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in chickpea and vegetable Brassicas. Further, we are investigating quality aspects of food and medicinal plants using molecular tools, for example, the detection of the genes responsible for flavour development in strawberry (using microarrays) and the validation of the identity of Chinese medicinal herbs for quality assurance purposes.
I am a core member of the Health Innovation Research Institute within RMIT, and a steering committee member for the establishment of a Chinese herbal farming industry in the City of Whittlesea.
I have successfully supervised over 12 PhD students, as well as 2 Masters by Research and 10 Honours students.
- Sheng, S.-J., Xue, C.C.l., Pang E., Story, D.F., and Li, C.-G. (2006). Organic production of medicinal herbs in Australia. In: Current Review of Chinese Medicine: Quality control of herbs and herbal material. Annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Vol. 2. pp. 73-86. World Scientific Publ. Co. USA. (ISBN 981-256-707-0)
- Skiba, B., Gurung, A.M. and Pang, E.C.K.(2007). Genome mapping and molecular breeding in Lathyrus. In: Genome Mapping and Molecular Breeding. Volume 3. Pulse, Sugar and Tuber Crops. Chapter 7; pp 123-132. Ed C Kole. Springer-Verlag, USA. (ISBN: 3-540-34515-9).
- Mantri, N.L., Pang, E.C.K. and Ford, R. (2010). Molecular Biology for Stress Management. In Climate Change and Management of Cool Season Grain Legume Crops (Yadav, S.S., McNeil, D.N., Weeden, N. and Patil, S.S., eds). Heidelberg: Springer, pp. DOI 10.1007/1978-1090-1481-3709-1001_1019. (In-Press)
- Williams, A., Ryan, D., Guasca, A.O., Marriott, P. and Pang, E.(2005). Analysis of strawberry volatiles using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with headspace solid-phase microextraction. Journal of Chromatography B817: 97-107.
- Collard, B.C.Y., Jahufer, M.Z.Z., Brouwer, J-B, and Pang, E.C.K. (2005). An introduction to markers, quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping and marker-assisted selection for crop improvement: the basic concepts. Euphytica 142:169-196.
- Skiba, B., Ford, R. and Pang, E.C.K.(2005). Construction of a cDNA library of Lathyrus sativus infected with Mycosphaerella pinodes and the identification of Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 66: 55-67.
- Coram, T.E., and Pang, E.C.K(2005). Isolation and analysis of candidate ascochyta blight resistance genes in chickpea. I. Generation and analysis of an expressed sequence tag (EST) library. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 66: 192-200.
- Coram, T.E., and Pang, E.C.K(2005). Isolation and analysis of candidate ascochyta blight resistance genes in chickpea. II. Microarray analysis of putative defence-related ESTs. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 66: 201-210.
- Madhou, P., Wells, A., Pang, E.C.K. and Stevenson, T.W. (2005). Genetic variations in populations of Western Australian wild radish. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research56 (10):1079-1087.
- Vaz Patto,M.C., Skiba, B., Pang, E.C.K., Ochatt,S. J., LambeinF. and Rubiales, S. (2006). Lathyrus improvement for resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses: from classical breeding to marker assisted selection. Euphytica 147: 133-147.
- Coram, T.E., and Pang, E.C.K.(2006). Expression profiling of Chickpea genes differentially regulated during a resistance response to Ascochyta rabiei. Plant Biotechnology Journal 4(6): 647-666.
- Coram, T.E. and Pang, E.C.K. (2007). Transcriptional profiling of chickpea genes differentially regulated by salicylic acid, methyl jasmonate, and aminocyclopropane carboxylic acid to reveal pathways of defence-related gene regulation. Functional Plant Biology34:52-64.
- Jayasinghe, R., Kong, S., Coram, T.E., Kaganovitch, J., Xue, C.C.L., Li, C.G., and Pang, E.C.K.(2007). Construction and validation of a novel microarray for efficient high-throughput genotyping of Angiosperms. Plant Biotechnology Journal 5(2):282-289.
- Bian, X.Y., Ford, R., Han, T.R., Coram, T.E., Pang, E.C.K, and Taylor, P.W.J. (2007). Approaching chickpea quantitative trait loci conditioning resistance to Ascochyta rabiei via comparative genomics. Australasian Plant Pathology 36:419-423.
- Coram, T. E., Mantri N., Ford, R. and Pang, E.C.K.(2007). Functional Genomics in Chickpea: An Emerging Frontier for molecular-assisted breeding. Functional Plant Biology34: 861-873.
- Mantri N.L., Ford, R., Coram, T.E. andPang, E.C.K. (2007). Transcriptional profiling of chickpea genes differentially regulated in response to high-salinity, cold and drought. BMC Genomics8: 303.
- Shen, Y., Li, C.G., Zhou S.F., Pang E.C.K., Story, D.F., and Xue, C.C.L. (2008). Chemistry and bioactivity of Flos Magnoliae, a chinese herb for rhinitis and sinusitis. Current Medicinal Chemistry16: 1616-27.
- Shen, Y., Pang E.C.K., Xue, C.C.L., Zhao Z.Z., Lin, J.G., and., Li, C.G., (2008). Inhibitions of mast cell-derived histamine release by different Flos Magnoliae species in rat peritoneal mast cells. Phytomedicine15(10): 808-14.
- Li, C.G. Sheng, S.-J. Pang, E.C.K., Marriott P., May, B., Zhou S.F.., Story, D., and Xue, C.C.L. (2009). Cultivar variations of Australia-grown Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza): Bioactive markers and root yields. Chemistry and Biodiversity6:170-81.
- Jayasinghe, R., Niu, L.-H., Kong, S., Coram, T.E., Kaganovitch, J., Xue, C.C.L., Li, C.G., and Pang, E.C.K.(2009). Effectiveness of an Innovative prototype Subtracted Diversity Array (SDA) for fingerprinting plant species of medicinal importance. Planta Medica 75: 1180-1185.
- Sheng, S.-J., Pang, E.C.K., Xue, C.C.L., and Li, C.G. (2009). Seasonal variations in bioactive marker contents in Australian-grown Salvia miltiorrhiza roots. Chemistry & Biodiversity6(4): 551-60.
- Li, C.G. Sheng, S.-J. Pang, E.C.K., May, B., and Xue, C.C.L. (2009). HPLC profiles and biomarker contents of Australian-grown Salvia miltiorrhiza f. alba roots. Chemistry & Biodiversity6(6): 1077-1086.
- Mustafa, B.M., Coram, T.E., Pang, E.C.K., Taylor, P.W.J., and Ford, R. (2009). A cDNA microarray approach to decipher lentil (Lens culinaris) responses to Ascochyta lentis. . Australasian Plant Pathology 38:617-30.
- Mantri N.L., Ford, R., Coram, T.E. andPang, E.C.K. (2010).Evidence of unique and shared responses to major biotic and abiotic stresses in chickpea. Environmental and Experimental Botany 69: 286-292.
Accomplishments / achievements
I have been awarded grants in excess of $2 million (cumulatively) by the ARC (Linkage scheme), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Horticulture Australia (HAL), and the Rural Industries Research Development Corporation (RIRDC). I have active collaborations with The City of Whittlesea, The Victorian Strawberry Growers Association, Hendersons Seeds, Mediherb, Botanical Resources Australia, and The University of Melbourne