Dr Madeline Mitchell

Dr Madeline Mitchell

Dr Madeline Mitchell

Postdoctoral Fellow

CSIRO

Madeline is an early career researcher at CSIRO interested in novel crops for more sustainable agriculture. She currently leads a synthetic biology project to enhance cotton fibre properties to make renewable and biodegradable alternatives to artificial fibres. Madeline has a PhD in plant sciences from the University of Cambridge where she contributed to an international collaboration to increase crop yields by reengineering photosynthesis. She joined CSIRO in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow and helped develop novel vegetable oil crops, which are now entering field trials.

Madeline also enjoys science communication, teaching and outreach. She has been a tutor and demonstrator in settings ranging from university practical classes and residential colleges to a homework club for disadvantaged students. She is an advocate for gender equity, inclusion and diversity in STEMM and was part of the second cohort of Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative for women in science. With a background in visual arts and humanities, she also enjoys exploring the relationships between science, other forms of creativity and the wider society.

If you enjoy living in houses, wearing clothes and eating, Madeline thinks you should give thanks to plants for turning sunlight, water and air into wood, fibres and food!