Dr Melanie Oey

Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
+61 7 334 62010


Dr. Melanie Oey is currently Research Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in the Group of Prof. Ben Hankamer. She was born in Berlin, Germany, and went to the University of Potsdam to study Biochemistry. During her studies she worked at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm, Germany, where she also received her Ph.D. in 2009 for her work on the production of lysin antibiotics in tobacco plants. In the same year she came to Australia to work at the University of Queensland, and has since then developed new technologies which are base for the newly launched "Breakthrough Science Program in Algal Biomedicine" at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Her research interestes are:

- High value product production (e.g. vaccines, antibiotics, pain killer) in Algae via chloroplast and nuclear transformation

- Improvement of bio-hydrogen production from microalgae

- Development of new molecular tools for microalgae

Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Potsdam University
  • Bachelor of Biochemistry, Potsdam University


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Book Chapter

  • Stephens, Evan, Wolf, Juliane, Oey, Melanie, Zhang, Eugene, Hankamer, Ben and Ross, Ian L. (2015). Genetic engineering for microalgae strain improvement in relation to biocrude production systems. Biomass and biofuels from microalgae: advances in engineering and biology. (pp. 191-249) edited by Navid R. Moheimani, Mark P. McHenry, Karne de Boer and Parisa A. Bahri. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-16640-7_11

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