Maxwell Asiedu

Mr Maxwell Asiedu

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD 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.

  • Position: PhD candidate
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  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Accelerator, floor Level One
  • Org Unit: Agricultural Science

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