Dr Kaye Truscott

ARC Future Fellow, Lab Head

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Molecular Sciences
Department of Biochemistry and Genetics
La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science

LIMS1 level 4, Office - Rm418; Lab - Rm405, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc, DipEd, PhD. La Trobe

Area of study

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Brief profile

Kaye studied thermophilic molecular chaperones for her doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Robert Scopes. In 1999, shortly after obtaining her PhD, Kaye was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship to examine the protein import machinery in the mitochondria of yeast and was hosted by Prof. Nikolaus Pfanner (Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Freiburg, Germany). In 2001 Kaye was promoted to group leader within the Pfanner lab where she continued her studies on the molecular mechanisms of mitochondrial protein translocation. In 2004 she was awarded a QEII Fellowship by the Australian Research Council to study protein degradation by AAA+ proteases in bacteria and mitochondria. In 2009 Kaye was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to extend her research in the area of mitochondrial protein homeostasis focusing on the role of AAA+ proteases in protein quality control and the mitochondrial unfolded protein response.


Research interests

Mitochondrial proteases

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Stress response in mammalian cells

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Recent publications

·       Book Chapters

·       Journals 

Previewed by M. Mayer in Nat. Struct. & Mol. Biol. (2004), 11, 6-8.

Rated highly by Faculty 1000 and previewed in Nat. Rev. Mol. Cell Biol. (2003) 4, 343.

Rated highly by Faculty of 1000 and previewed in Nat. Rev. Mol. Cell Biol. (2003) 4, 5.

Previewed in Nat. Struct. Biol. (2004) 8, 1008-1010.