Megan Outram

2023 Women in Triticum Early Career Award

Megan Outram, from New Zealand, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia with Peter Dodds and Melania Figueroa. She focuses on developing molecular understanding of the interactions between rust fungi and wheat through structural biology and protein biochemistry. Recently, she adopted new artificial intelligence technologies in her work to facilitate structural analysis on a genome-wide scale for the purpose of exploiting structural conservation to engineer novel, durable genetic resistance in wheat and ensure effective utilization of current resistance. Megan earned her B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in plant pathology from Lincoln University in New Zealand, after immigrating from South Africa. She subsequently moved to Australia to undertake her PhD at the University of Queensland, under the supervision of Bostjan Kobe, Simon Williams, and Peter Solomon. Prior to her current position, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in plant structural immunology with Simon Williams at the Australian National University.


  • B.Sc. (First Class Honours) – Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Ph.D. – University of Queensland, Australia
Megan Outram

“The current global food crisis demands innovative ways to prevent crop losses due to microbial pathogens. My research merges biology, and computational approaches, allowing structural analyses at a genome-wide scale to exploit structural conservation in key virulence proteins from microbial pathogens to engineer novel, broad-spectrum, durable resistance in wheat.”

Megan Outram
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