Grant Funded Researcher (Level A)
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Dilrukshi is a plant molecular biologist with research expertise in abiotic and biotic stress signaling, genetic transformation and gene editing. She has worked on a broad range of economically important crop species such as barley, cowpea, grapevine and medicinal plants. Dilrukshi completed her PhD at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), the University of Adelaide in 2015. Soon after completing her PhD, she joined CSIRO, Adelaide and worked on a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation-funded international collaborative project, which aimed at developing self-reproducible cowpea hybrids through reproductive cell-specific gene editing and silencing. Currently, her research is focused on discovering physiological and molecular mechanisms leading to improved water use efficiency and drought tolerance in grapevine. In addition, her other research interests focus on understanding the etiology of highly devastating Shiraz disease in Australian vineyards through next-generation sequencing.
Year Citation 2014 Whitford, R., & Nagahatenna, D. (2014). US 62/059069, Ferrochelatase compositions and methods to increase agronomic performance of plants. United States of America.
|2021-2022||Dilrukshi Nagahatenna, Vinay Pagay, Anthony Borneman||Towards an understanding of the etiology of the Shiraz disease in Australian vineyards||$50,000||Lead Investigator|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor Evaluating the influence of different irrigation scheduling strategies in warm climate Cabernet Sauvignon grapevine, considering water use efficiency (WUE), yield, fruit quality and specific profitability indicators. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rochelle Schlank
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