Jennifer Gardner

Dr Jennifer Gardner

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

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


Major Research Interests

1. Identification and classification of yeast genes specifically important for the efficiency of wine fermentation; the Fermentome

  • We have approached this field of study from numerous angles including:
    • screening of readily available laboratory and wine yeast deletion library collections for those genes that when deleted disrupt or enhance fermentation performance. Particular genes of interest are further explored to gain an in-depth understanding of the specific roles of such genes in a fermentation context
    • with the use of directed evolution to produce fermentation efficient yeast strains and subsequent genome sequence analysis to determine which genetic elements confer this phenotype.

2.Yeast cell-cell communication of over-crowding and nutrient limitation: Novel signalling systems and their impact on fermentation

  • We are interested in determining if and how both known and novel signalling molecules may impact fermentation and other related yeast metabolism
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2003 Director/winemaker Adelina Wines and wines by Some Young Punks
    2003 - 2004 Cellarhand Lemelsons Vineyard
    1999 - 2004 University demonstrator University of Adelaide
    1997 - 1998 Research Assistant University of Queensland
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1999 - 2005 University of Adelaide Australia PHD
    1996 - 1996 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science Hons.
    1993 - 1995 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Selection, Characterization and the Optimization of Non-Saccharomyces Yeasts Involved in Fermentation of Wine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Scott Allen Oliphant
    2019 Co-Supervisor Improvement of Sulfur Dioxide Tolerance in Lactic Acid Bacteria for Winemaking Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Chitra Nair
    2018 Co-Supervisor Mutual Evolutionary Advantage of Traits in Yeast and their Insect Vector, Drosophila Melanogaster Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Shailja Mishra
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Identification of Yeast Genes Enabling Efficient Oenological Fermentation under Nitrogen-limited Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Josephine Jasmine Peter
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Phenotypic Investigation of Biofilm Formation and Transcriptional Analysis of Invasive Growth of Commercial Wine Saccharomyces cerevisiae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ee Lin Tek
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Determination of the genetic basis for successful fermentation in high sugar media Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Trung Dung Nguyen
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Investigation and Characterisation of Highly Nitrogen Efficient Wine Yeast Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jin Zhang
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Winemakers Federation of Australia
    2014 - ongoing Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology
    2012 - ongoing South Australian Wine Industry Federation
    2012 - 2013 Clare Valley Winemakers Society
    2011 - 2013 Metabolomics Society
  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Phone: 83130402
  • Email: jennie.gardner@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7415
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Wine Innovation Central, floor 3
  • Room: 3 28
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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