Hugh Goold

Research interest

  • Synthetic biology
  • Yeast molecular biology
  • Plant and microalgal biotechnology


Synthetic biology is an emerging field of science which is expected to have major impacts in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and fundamental research. As a part of the international Yeast 2.0 consortium, and in conjunction with the Macquarie University, the NSW Department of Primary Industries is working on constructing part of the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic genome.

The resulting yeast will be a unique research instrument for development of understanding fundamental biological questions on a whole genome scale relating to chromosome structure and function, the roles of mobile genetic elements, as well as serving a useful tool in development of new yeast strains through directed evolution, and novel biosensors.


  • 2016 PhD (Cotutelle) University of Sydney, Université Aix Marseille, Plant Biology, mention très honorable
  • 2007 MPhil Macquarie University
  • 2004 BSc University of Sydney

Current projects

  • Yeast 2.0 chromosome 16 construction
  • Development of novel yeast-based biosensors from nature
  • Production of natural products in yeast

Recent publications

Please refer to Dr Goold’s Google scholar page or Researchgate page

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9850 8129
Location: MLC Centre, Sydney