Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am a Research Associate in the Adelaide Glycoscience Research Group, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus. My research has concentrated on the crops we eat, in particular barley. I am interested in the plant cell walls of grains and how they influence the processes involved in the synthesis and hydrolysation during grain development and germination and how this impacts end uses such as malting and brewing and human health.
I am currently employed on an ARC Linkage Grant involving the Adelaide Glycoscience Group, Adelaide Glycomics, Carlsberg Brewery and Coopers Brewery.
The project has two main objectives.
- To investigate the processes involved in early germination of barley with the aim of improving the efficiency of the malting process. This involves the use of microscopic and biochemical methods to investigate the changes occurring during germination.
- To assess the waste products from the malting and brewing industry for potentially beneficial compounds with the aim of valourisation. Using techniques such as LC/MS/MS and HPLC we are looking for looking for compounds that may have alternative uses.
Date Position Institution name 2015 - 2015 Organiser & Demonstrator ConocoPhillips Science Experience 2012 - ongoing Developed & presented First Year Master of Science (Coursework) The University of Adelaide 2012 - 2014 Organiser & Demonstrator Royal Adelaide Show 2012 - 2014 Organiser & Demonstrator The University of Adelaide - Open Day 2012 - 2012 Organiser & Demonstrator Science Alive!
Date Institution name Country Title 2003 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 1989 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
Year Citation 2010 Burton, R. A., Collins, H. M., & Fincher, G. B. (2010). The role of endosperm cell walls in barley malting quality. In Advanced Topics in Science and Technology in China (pp. 190-237). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
2009 Burton, R., Collins, H., & Fincher, G. (2009). The role of endosperm cell walls in barley malting quality. In G. Zhang, & C. Li (Eds.), Genetics and improvement of barley malt quality (pp. 193-239). Zhejiang, China: Springer. 2009 Ma, W., Anderson, O., Kuchel, H., Bonnardeaux, Y., Collins, H., Morell, M., . . . Appels, R. (2009). Genomics of quality traits. In C. Feuillet, & G. Muehlbauer (Eds.), Genetics and Genomics of the Triticeae (pp. 611-654). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
2012 - Current
|PLANT SC 7126 WT
Techniques in Plant Biotechnology
|Postgraduate Coursework course
Developed and presented, two-week practical component for Plant Biotechnological students at the University of Adelaide
(first-year Master of Science degree).
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor Identification, characterization and exploitation of bioactive compounds from plant biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel James Clayton-Cuch
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Targeting Cell Wall Formation in the Oomycete Phytophthora cinnamomi for Disease Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Amena Khatun 2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Regulation of Reserve Carbohydrates in Hull-less Barley Grain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Wai Li Lim 2013 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Analysis of Cereal Cyst Nematode Resistance Mechanisms in Barley Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christopher Hakachite 2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Metabolic Engineering of C4 Grasses for Biofuel Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Riksfardini Annisa Ermawar 2011 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Expression of Hydrolytic Enzymes in Germinating Barley Grain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Catherine Gibson
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Cell wall degradation in barley grain Univeristy of Adelaide MSc-Coursework Master Full Time Hanyue (Mia) Wang
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