Robyn Lynette Overall
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


PH.D in Plant Cell Biology, Research School of Biological Sciences, The Australian National University, 1981

Current Position

Chair of Women in Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Publications (since 2001)

  1. Liu, D. Y., Smith, P. M., Barton, D. A., Day, D. A. and Overall, R. L. (2015). Characterisation of Arabidopsis calnexin 1 and calnexin 2 in the endoplasmic reticulum and at plasmodesmata. Protoplasma.
  2. Brzoska, A. J., Jensen, S. O., Barton, D. A., Davies, D. S., Overall, R. L., Skurray, R. A. and Firth, N. (2016). Dynamic Filament Formation by a Divergent Bacterial Actin-Like ParM Protein. PLoS One 11(6): e0156944.
  3. Armour, W. J., Barton, D. A., Law, A. M. and Overall, R. L. (2015). Differential Growth in Periclinal and Anticlinal Walls during Lobe Formation in Arabidopsis Cotyledon Pavement Cells. Plant Cell 27(9): 2484-2500.
  4. Barton, D., Overall, R. and Thompson, J. (2015). Structure and development of the lateral-line aerenchyma in bracken ferns (Pteridium: Dennstaedtiaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 176(7): 662-669.
  5. Barton, D. A., Cantrill, L. C., Law, A. M., Phillips, C. G., Sutton, B. G. and Overall, R. L. (2014). Chilling to zero degrees disrupts pollen formation but not meiotic microtubule arrays in Triticum aestivum L. Plant Cell Environ 37(12): 2781-2794.
  6. Ambrose, C., Ruan, Y., Gardiner, J., Tamblyn, L. M., Catching, A., Kirik, V., Marc, J., Overall, R. and Wasteneys, G. O. (2013). CLASP interacts with sorting nexin 1 to link microtubules and auxin transport via PIN2 recycling in Arabidopsis thaliana. Dev Cell 24(6): 649-659.
  7. Jahn, K. A., Barton, D. A., Kobayashi, K., Ratinac, K. R., Overall, R. L. and Braet, F. (2012). Correlative microscopy: providing new understanding in the biomedical and plant sciences. Micron 43(5): 565-582.
  8. Gardiner, J., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2012). Distant plant homologues: don't throw out the baby. Trends Plant Sci 17(3): 126-128.
  9. Gardiner, J., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2012). Plant microtubule cytoskeleton complexity: microtubule arrays as fractals. J Exp Bot 63(2): 635-642.
  10. Fujita, M., Lechner, B., Barton, D. A., Overall, R. L. and Wasteneys, G. O. (2012). The missing link: do cortical microtubules define plasma membrane nanodomains that modulate cellulose biosynthesis? Protoplasma 249 Suppl 1: S59-67.
  11. Barton, D. A., Cole, L., Collings, D. A., Liu, D. Y., Smith, P. M., Day, D. A. and Overall, R. L. (2011). Cell-to-cell transport via the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. Plant J 66(5): 806-817.
  12. Brecknock, S., Dibbayawan, T. P., Vesk, M., Vesk, P. A., Faulkner, C., Barton, D. A. and Overall, R. L. (2011). High resolution scanning electron microscopy of plasmodesmata. Planta 234(4): 749-758.
  13. Gardiner, J., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2011). PDZ domain proteins: 'dark matter' of the plant proteome? Mol Plant 4(6): 933-937.
  14. Gardiner, J., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2011). Putative Arabidopsis homologues of metazoan coiled-coil cytoskeletal proteins. Cell Biol Int 35(8): 767-774.
  15. Gardiner, J., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2011). The microtubule cytoskeleton acts as a key downstream effector of neurotransmitter signaling. Synapse 65(3): 249-256.
  16. Emery, N., Offord, C., Wardle, G., Henwood, M. and Overall, R. (2011). Variation in seed dormancy among populations of the fire-ephemeral flannel flower, Actinotus helianthi. Orbit: University of Sydney Undergraduate Research Journal 2(1): 22-28.
  17. Barton, D. A. and Overall, R. L. (2010). Cryofixation rapidly preserves cytoskeletal arrays of leaf epidermal cells revealing microtubule co-alignments between neighbouring cells and adjacent actin and microtubule bundles in the cortex. J Microsc 237(1): 79-88.
  18. Al Mamun, E., Cantrill, L. C., Overall, R. L. and Sutton, B. G. (2010). Mechanism of low-temperature-induced pollen failure in rice. Cell Biol Int 34(5): 469-476.
  19. Gardiner, J., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2010). The Fractal Nature of the Brain: EEG Data Suggests That the Brain Functions as a "Quantum Computer" in 5-8 Dimensions. Neuroquantology, 8(2), 137-141.
  20. Faulkner, C. R., Blackman, L. M., Collings, D. A., Cordwell, S. J. and Overall, R. L. (2009). Anti-tropomyosin antibodies co-localise with actin microfilaments and label plasmodesmata. Eur J Cell Biol 88(6): 357-369.
  21. Barton, D., Braet, F., Marc, J., Overall, R. and Gardiner, J. (2009). ELP3 localises to mitochondria and actin-rich domains at edges of HeLa cells. Neurosci Lett 455(1): 60-64.
  22. Gardiner, J., Barton, D., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2009). Neurotrophic support and oxidative stress: converging effects in the normal and diseased nervous system. Neuroscientist 15(1): 47-61.
  23. Barton, D. A., Gardiner, J. C. and Overall, R. L. (2009). Towards correlative imaging of plant cortical microtubule arrays: combining ultrastructure with real-time microtubule dynamics. J Microsc 235(3): 241-251.
  24. Barton, D. A., Vantard, M. and Overall, R. L. (2008). Analysis of cortical arrays from Tradescantia virginiana at high resolution reveals discrete microtubule subpopulations and demonstrates that confocal images of arrays can be misleading. Plant Cell 20(4): 982-994.
  25. Gardiner, J., McGee, P., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2008). Are histones, tubulin, and actin derived from a common ancestral protein? Protoplasma 233(1-2): 1-5.
  26. Gardiner, J., Marc, J. and Overall, R. (2008). Cytoskeletal thermal ratchets and cytoskeletal tensegrity: determinants of brain asymmetry and symmetry? Front Biosci 13: 4649-4656.
  27. Gardiner, J., Barton, D., Vanslambrouck, J. M., Braet, F., Hall, D., Marc, J. and Overall, R. (2008). Defects in tongue papillae and taste sensation indicate a problem with neurotrophic support in various neurological diseases. Neuroscientist 14(3): 240-250.
  28. Gardiner, J., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2008). Do salivary neurotrophic factors provide neurotrophic support to neurons of the central and peripheral nervous systems including nerves innervating papillae on the tongue? Bioscience Hypotheses, 1(5), 251-254.
  29. Liu, D. Y., Kuhlmey, B. T., Smith, P. M., Day, D. A., Faulkner, C. R. and Overall, R. L. (2008). Reflection across plant cell boundaries in confocal laser scanning microscopy. J Microsc 231(2): 349-357.
  30. Gardiner, J., Andreeva, Z., Barton, D., Ritchie, A., Overall, R. and Marc, J. (2008). The phospholipase A inhibitor, aristolochic acid, disrupts cortical microtubule arrays and root growth in Arabidopsis. Plant Biol (Stuttg) 10(6): 725-731.
  31. Gardiner, J., Barton, D., Marc, J. and Overall, R. (2007). Potential role of tubulin acetylation and microtubule-based protein trafficking in familial dysautonomia. Traffic 8(9): 1145-1149.
  32. Bannigan, A., Wiedemeier, A. M., Williamson, R. E., Overall, R. L. and Baskin, T. I. (2006). Cortical microtubule arrays lose uniform alignment between cells and are oryzalin resistant in the Arabidopsis mutant, radially swollen 6. Plant Cell Physiol 47(7): 949-958.
  33. Mamun, E. A., Alfred, S., Cantrill, L. C., Overall, R. L. and Sutton, B. G. (2006). Effects of chilling on male gametophyte development in rice. Cell Biol Int 30(7): 583-591.
  34. Barton, D., Overall, R. (2006). Structure and Organisation of Interphase Microtubule Arrays: FESEM Provides a MAP. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 12(Supp 2), 426-427.
  35. Mamun, E. A., Cantrill, L. C., Overall, R. L. and Sutton, B. G. (2005). Cellular organisation and differentiation of organelles in pre-meiotic rice anthers. Cell Biol Int 29(9): 792-802.
  36. Mamun, E. A., Cantrill, L. C., Overall, R. L. and Sutton, B. G. (2005). Cellular organisation in meiotic and early post-meiotic rice anthers. Cell Biol Int 29(11): 903-913.
  37. Cantrill, L. C., Overall, R. L. and Goodwin, P. B. (2005). Changes in macromolecular movement accompany organogenesis in thin cell layers of Torenia fournieri. Planta 222(6): 933-946.
  38. Faulkner, C. R., Blackman, L. M., Cordwell, S. J. and Overall, R. L. (2005). Proteomic identification of putative plasmodesmatal proteins from Chara corallina. Proteomics 5(11): 2866-2875.
  39. Lang, I., Barton, D. A. and Overall, R. L. (2004). Membrane-wall attachments in plasmolysed plant cells. Protoplasma 224(3-4): 231-243.
  40. Whiffen, L., Dibbayawan, T. and Overall, R. (2002). High resolution microscopy of cell wall formation in regenerating Mougeotia (Chlorophyceae) protoplasts. European Journal of Phycology, 37(3), 339-347.
  41. Collings, D., Harper, J., Marc, J., Overall, R. and Mullen, R. (2002). Life in the fast lane: actin-based motility of plant peroxisomes. Canadian Journal Of Botany-Revue Canadienne De Botanique, 80(4), 430-441.
  42. Cantrill, L., Overall, R. and Goodwin, P. (2001). Changes in symplastic permeability during adventitious shoot regeneration in tobacco thin cell layers. Planta: an international journal of plant biology 214: 206-214.
  43. Holdaway, T., Overall, R., Walker, N., Reid, R., Hepler,, P. (2001). Cytoplasmic acidification with butyric acid does not alter the ionic conductivity of plasmodesmata. Protoplasma 215: 184-190.
  44. Overall, R., Dibbayawan, T., Blackman, L. (2001). Intercellular alignments of the plant cytoskeleton. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 20: 162-169.
  45. Blackman, L. and Overall, R. (2001). Structure and function of plasmodesmata. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 28: 709-727.
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