Mr Maxwell Asiedu
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
After my bachelor's degree in Agricultural Biotechnology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, in 2018, I completed a one-year mandatory national service program at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. In 2019, I won the prestigious full tuition fee Developing Solutions Masters Scholarships to study MSc Biotechnology at the University of Nottingham, UK. During this period, I developed more interest in research, especially in Plant Sciences, focused on elucidating root traits and cell signaling and their role in developing stress resilience in crops to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and abiotic stresses.
My current research is focused on exploiting new breakthroughs in the regulation of root growth angle (RGA) to induce stress resilience in Australian barley. We aim to employ advanced gene editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and phenotyping technologies including X-ray CT imaging to identify diversity of a novel gene (EGT1) in Australian barley varieties and to understand the role of the EGT1 variants in regulating RGA in Australian barley. Ultimately, we hope to develop improved Australian barley varieties that can acquire soil resources under suboptimal conditions such as drought.
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2023 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2023 University of Nottingham United Kingdom Joint PhD 2019 - 2020 University of Nottingham United Kingdom Masters 2014 - 2018 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana Bachelors
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