Carlos Rodriguez Lopez

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I lead a laboratory group (Environmental Epigenetics and Genetics Group (EEGG)) based in the Plant Research Building at the Waite Campus.

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Invitation Co-chair of the Environmental Epigenomics session at Combio 2017 Combio Australia
    2017 Invitation Invited speaker Science in the Pub Adelaide Science in the Pub Adelaide Australia Free Beer
    2017 Invitation Invited speaker Centre for Integrative Ecology Deakin University Australia Travel and accommodation fully funded
    2017 Invitation Invited Speaker Adelaide RNA Special Interest Group & EpiCSA Monthly Seminar Series Australia
    2015 Research Award Jerome P. Miksche Young Plant Investigator Grant Award Plant and Animal Genome XXIV United States USD1500
    2015 Research Award Aquaculture Species Group Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Bursaries PAG XXIV United States USD1000
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Universidad de La Laguna Spain BSc
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    PhD in molecular biology University of Reading, Reading United Kingdom
    MSc Plant Biotechnology University of Reading, Reading United Kingdom

1. ARC, Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production, IC170100008, 2017-2022, $4.5M, CI, led by Prof Vladimir Jiranek

2. Genomics of Barossa Shiraz Terroir, June 2017. ($25K), CI, led by A. Prof. Cassandra Collins. Australian Grape and Wine Authority/Australian Genomics Research Facility/School of Agriculture Food and Wine $15k/$5k/$5k.

3. Epi-breeding-Using the epigenetic memory of stress to prime Australian grapevines for a changing environment. Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). July 2016–June 2018. ($195k). CI.

4. Ecogenomics of Terroir. Australian Genome Research Facility ltd Pilot program in Genomics application ($50k). Co-CI with Collins.

5. Use of Epigenetic markers for early diagnosis of cancer. Foresight Health Pty Ltd. 2015. ($15k). Co-CI with Bianco-Miotto.

6. Epigenetics Research Platform. Waite Research Institute Research Capacity Development Funding 2015 ($74k). CI.

7. Breeding drought and heat tolerant grapevines using epigenetic tools. Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) Incubator Project call 2014. ($9,358). Co-CI with De Bei.

8. Epigenetic control of wine quality in response to grapevine age. Waite Research Institute grant 2013/14 ($15k)). Co-CI with Collins.

9. Demonstrating the potential of mobile RNAs for grafted epibreeding-a paradigm shift for plant and animal breeding. University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund (IRF) 2013/14 grant ($32500). Searle (CI).

10. Diagnosing the response of Calendula officinalis to saline water irrigation. Jurlique Limited funded grant 2013/14 ($27k). PI Led by Prof Mike Wilkinson.

11. Detection of nucleotide modifications in nucleic acid sequence. Welsh Academic Expertise for Business Grant 2009/10 (HE 11 POC 1008 A4B) (£48k/$98k). Co-CI with Wilkinson.

12. The exploitation Of Variably Methylated Epigenetic Markers 'Sentinels' In Drug Discovery. BBSRC Pathfinder Grant 2010/11 (BB/FOF/PF/17/10) (£15k/$30k). Co-CI with Wilkinson.

Student scholarships: Since 2015 I have helped drafting 14 successful student scholarship/awards applications as  principal or co-supervisor .

  • PhD student Mr Pastor Jullian Fabres: 1) Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarship (Full international tuition fees plus a living allowance of AUD$26,682- Dec 2015), 2) Wine Australia PhD Scholarship ($41,136-Feb 2016), 3) WRI travel award ($300-Jun 2016), 4) Winter School  in Mathematical and Computational Biology 2017 travel award ($300-Jun 2016).
  • PhD student Miss Jia Zhou: 1) Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarship (Full international tuition fees plus a living allowance of AUD$26,682-Dec 2016), 2) WRI travel award ($300-Jun 2016) (As Master Student).
  • Master Student Huahan Xie: WRI travel award ($300-Jun 2016).
  • Honours student Mr Konstantinos Bogias: 1) AFW summer student scholarship (Dec 2016) ($1500), 2) AFW Honours Scholarship ($3000), 3) Winter School  in Mathematical and Computational Biology 2017 travel award ($300), 4) Institute Molecular Bioscience (UQ) postgraduate student grant ($200)  and 5) AR Riddle Grant scholarship ($600).
  • Summer student Miss Na Sai(Dec 2016): 1) ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Energy Biology summer student Scholarship ($3000). 2) WRI travel award ($300) (As Master Student (Jun 2016)).

My teaching time is dedicated to coordinating in the Master in Plant Biotechnology courses “Extended Research Project”  and “Regulatory Approval of GM Plants”. I have also taught in the Bachelor of Applied Biology course “Research Skills for Applied Biology II”.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Co-Supervisor Bidirectional Communications Between Immune System Manipulations and Gut Microbiome and Brian Function Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jia Zhou
    2016 Co-Supervisor Decoding The Unique Terroir of Australian Wines Using Multi-Omics Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pastor Jullian Fabres
    2015 Co-Supervisor Genetic Adaptations that Maintain Polylectic Behaviour in Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) - Halictidae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Trace Akankunda
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2017 Co-Supervisor An Investigation into the Effect of Grapevine Age on Vine Performance, Grape and Wine Composition, Sensory Evaluation and Epigenetic Characterisation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dylan Grigg
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Role of Aquaporins in Plant Responses to Drought Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Johannes Daniel Scharwies
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Assessment of Stress-induced and Developmentally-induced DNA Methylation Changes in Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Moumouni Konate
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Chair Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA) Inc Australia

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