School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Molecular biologist with experience in plant and fungal systems and recent specialisation in developing and germinating barley grain. Writing and editing experience in scientific, medical (regulatory) and business management fields.
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My research focuses on defining fundamental barley grain physiology, both during grain development and germination, with an end view to improving malting and brewing processes.
Working with industry partners Carlsberg and Coopers Breweries, I use molecular, bioinformatic and biochemical techniques to characterise genes involved in the many biological processes required for successful barley germination. In particular, I am interested in which genes are expressed in separate tissues of the barley grain in very early germination.
I have developed new techniques to dissect the grain into its individual tissues, then analyse spatial and temporal patterns of gene expression by RNA sequencing. Coupled with in silico exploration of the newly published barley genome to identify complete gene families, my research has examined physiological processes in the barley grain such as cell wall re-modelling and degradation, and starch metabolism.
Date Position Institution name 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide 2008 - 2011 Technical writer Signostics 2000 - 2002 Associate McKinsey & Co
Date Institution name Country Title 1996 - 1999 University of Oxford United Kingdom DPhil 1992 - 1995 University of Adelaide Australia BSc Hons
2018 Barbara Kidman Women's Fellowship
Understanding barley grain development and germination to improve industrial malting processes
Techniques in Plant Biotechnology
|Date||Course Title||Institutions||Course Level Code|
|2012 - 2017||First year Master of Science - Coursework students||The University of Adelaide||PLANT SC 7126 WT|
|2012 - 2017||Microsoft Excel course||ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls,
The University of Adelaide
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Investigation of the role of oomycete cell wall polysaccharides in susceptibility to antimicrobial peptides Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Amena Khatun
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Characterization of Agro-Industrial Residues and Development of Processing Strategies for Conversion to Bioethanol Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kendall Corbin
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Cell wall degradation in barley grain Univeristy of Adelaide MSc-Coursework Master Full Time Hanyue (Mia) Wang 2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Analysis of Plantago mucilage mutants The University of Adelaide — Honours Full Time James Morgan Cowley 2015 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Nitrogen affects grain development in elite malting barley The University of Adelaide — Master Full Time Haoyu Lou 2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Transcription of hydrolytic genes throughout the malting of barley The University of Adelaide — Honours Full Time Laura Gay Wilkinson 2012 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Sorghum stem traits influencing biomass to biofuel conversion efficiency The University of Adelaide — Master Full Time Hai Yen Nguyen
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