Maxwell Asiedu

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 crop stress resilience to mitigate climate change impacts.

My current research is focused on elucidating the underlying mechanisms controlling root growth angles in Australian barley germplasm to induce drought stress resilience. We aim to employ advanced gene editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and phenotyping technologies including X-ray CT imaging to identify variants of a novel gene (EGT1) in Australian barley varieties and to understand the role of the variants in regulating RGA. Ultimately, we hope to develop improved Australian barley varieties that can acquire soil resources under suboptimal conditions.

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