Joshua is a senior lecturer in biochemistry and molecular genetics in the College of Engineering and Science. After completing an undergraduate degree in applied biology, he completed a PhD in molecular biology and genetics at Victoria University and CSIRO (Plant Industry), characterising genes underpinning important quality characteristics in wheat.

He is currently a member of the Applied Ecology Research Group undertaking research into the molecular basis of invasiveness in weeds and the Advanced Food Systems Research Group undertaking research on food authenticity in a number of products, including olive oil and calamari.

Joshua is the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Science (Specialisations in Biotechnology, Chemistry or Environmental Management) and teaches biochemistry, molecular genetics and genetic engineering at the undergraduate level.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Al Harun, M.A.Y., Robinson, R.W., Johnson, J., Uddin, M.N. (2014) Allelopathic potential of Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. monilifera (boneseed): A novel weapon in the invasion processes, South African Journal of Botany. 93, 157-166.

Ray, D., Johnson, J. (2014) Validation of reference genes for gene expression analysis in olive (Olea europaea) mesocarp tissue by quantitative real-time RT-PCR, BMC Research Notes. 7, 304.

Taysom, A., Johnson, J., Guay, P.J. (2014) Establishing a genetic system to distinguish between domestic Mallards, Pacific Black Ducks and their hybrids, Conservation Genetics Resources. 6, 197-199.

Guillaume, C., Ravetti,  L., Ray, D.L., Johnson, J. (2012) Technological Factors Affecting Sterols in Australian Olive Oils, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. 89, 29-39.

Johnson, J.C., Bhave, M. (2004) Characterisation and physical mapping of cyclophilin A genes and identification of new classes of cyclophilins in wheat, Journal of Cereal Science. 40, 137-150.

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Teaching responsibilities


Postgraduate research students


Principal supervisor of 4 Honours student completions

Supervision of 1 PhD and Co-supervision of 1 PhD student completion

Current supervision

Principal supervision of 1 PhD candidate and 1 Honours student

Co-supervision of 2 PhD candidates

Research grants

Research grant from Modern Olives and Boundary Bend Ltd. in 2008-2010 ($75,000) investigating genes that impact on phytosterol content of Australian olive oils.

Areas of expertise

  • Gene isolation and characterisation
  • Plant genetics
  • Plant molecular biology and biochemistry
Joshua Johnson

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 8279
+61 (3) 9919 8284