School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
I recently (Oct 2020) completed my PhD in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine under the supervision of Prof. Rachel Burton and Dr Tina Bianco-Miotto. My PhD studies explored natural variation in the seed composition of the Plantago genus as a source of novel food ingredients and nutritional supplements. I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher developing breeding and characterisation technologies for elite psyllium (P. ovata) varieties.
I am very passionate about science education, science communication and citizen science. In 2017, I was honoured to be recognised by the University of Adelaide for my work with Children's University's Regional Lecture Series program and awarded the Vice Chancellor's Student Volunteer of the Year Award. Watch the video below by Children's University Australia where I talk about study, making mistakes and following your passion.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Scholarship Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarship — Australia — 2018 Scholarship Barr Smith Travelling Scholarship in Agriculture University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Award 2017 Student Volunteer of the Year Award The University of Adelaide Australia — 2016 Scholarship School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Honours Scholarship The University of Adelaide — — 2015 Scholarship Crawford Fund Scholarship — — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2017 - 2020 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science with First-Class Honours in Plant Science 2015 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
Year Citation 2021 Cowley, J. M., & Burton, R. A. (2021). The goo-d stuff: plantago as a myxospermous model with modern utility. New Phytologist, 229(4), 1917-1923.
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2021 Cowley, J. M., O’Donovan, L. A., & Burton, R. A. (2021). The composition of Australian Plantago seeds highlights their potential as nutritionally-rich functional food ingredients. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-16.
2020 Cowley, J. M., Herliana, L., Neumann, K., Silvano, C., Cerne, V., & Burton, R. (2020). A small-scale extraction pipeline for rapid analysis of seed mucilage characteristics. Plant Methods, 16(10), 1-12.
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2020 Phan, J., Cowley, J., Neumann, K., Herliana, L., O'Donovan, L., & Burton, R. (2020). The novel features of Plantago ovata seed mucilage accumulation, storage and release. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-14.
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— Cowley, J. M., Herliana, L., Betts, N. S., & Burton, R. A. (n.d.). Cellular debris, not mucilage polysaccharides, dominate extracts of Plantago ovata and Plantago lanceolata calli grown in vitro.
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Altering diet-related metabolic and gut health with Plantago whole seed flour supplementation University of Adelaide — Honours Part Time Jared Vandersluys 2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor The role of oxidative stress in seed priming to improve germination and vigour The University of Adelaide — Honours Full Time Zane Marks 2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor From plant to plate: biotransformation of functional polysaccharides The University of Nottingham and The University of Adelaide — Doctorate Full Time Lucija Štrkalj
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