School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) involves mass rearing and release of sterile male insects to control and suppress outbreak populations of pest species. The released sterile males will mate with wild females, resulting in the females producing non-viable eggs, ultimately acting as a “birth control” strategy. This will lead to the reduction and/or eradication of pest species in the targeted area.
I'm working in collaboration with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) as part of the SITplus consortium to develop SIT strains to control one of the major horticultural pests in Australia, Bactrocera tryoni (Queensland fruit fly). My research focus is on using gene editing technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 to produce novel and improved strains that can increase the efficacy and efficiency of SIT.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Grant-funded Researcher University of Adelaide 2015 - 2019 Research Associate University of Adelaide 2009 - 2010 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2011 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2008 - 2008 University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc. (Hons) (Genetics) 2005 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc. (Mol. Biol.)
IAEA Coordinated Research Program (2019-2024) [Simon Baxter, Amanda Choo, Zoey Nguyen, Peter Crisp]
"Development of Genetic Sexing Strains of Bactrocera tryoni (Queensland fruit fly) for SIT using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing"
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni (2019-2022) (Project Geneticist)
SITplus: Sex selection genes from fruit fly species for use in SITplus (2018-2022) (Project Personnel)
Hermon Slade Foundation (2018-2020) [Simon Baxter, Amanda Choo, Zoey Nguyen]
"Developing novel, cost efficient methods for controlling the invasive horticultural pest, Bactrocera tryoni (Queensland Fruit Fly)"
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