Senior Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Takashi has expertise in plant development and reproductive biology. He received his PhD in 2000 from Tohoku University. Then, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Melbourne (2000 – 04) and as a senior post-doctoral fellow in CSIRO Plant Industry (2005 – 12). He joined Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) in 2012, and he has been working on fertility control and floral architecture of wheat for hybrid seed production. He is now the group leader of wheat floral architecture project.
Takashi has expertise in plant molecular biology and reproductive development. He has been working in the area of sexual plant reproduction using various plant species since his honours, and studied both male and female gametophyte development to understand the pollination and fertilization process in plants. His current project focuses on the developmental dissection of the wheat flowering and pollination process, exploiting favourable characteristics from diverse germplasm. These developmental studies use various anatomical and cytological techniques coupled with the latest genetic analysis tools to identify genetic loci and develop molecular markers for hybrid wheat breeding.
Takashi completed his PhD at the Tohoku University Japan for his study on immunological and biological characterization of Brassica pollen allergen. Then, he worked as a pos-doc fellow at University of Melbourne for transcriptome analysis of male gamete in lily and Arabidopsis. He also worked as a senior pos-doc fellow in CSIRO Plant Industry for apomixis project. Since he joined Australian Centre of Plant Functional Genomics on October 2012, he has been working on fertility control and floral architecture of wheat for commercial hybrid seed production in wheat.
Date Position Institution name 2012 Research Fellow Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) 2008 - 2012 Research Scientist CSIRO Plant Industry 2005 - 2008 Post Doctoral Research Fellow CSIRO Plant Industry 2000 - 2004 Post Doctoral Research Fellow University of Melbourne
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Japanese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 1997 - 2000 Tohoku University, Sendai-shi Japan PhD 1995 - 1997 Tohoku University Japan M.Sc. 1990 - 1995 Tohoku University Japan B.Sc
Year Citation 2017 Okada, T., & Whitford, R. (2017). Hybrid Wheat and Abiotic Stress. In V. R. Rajpal, D. Sehgal, A. Kumar, & S. N. Raina (Eds.), Abiotic Stress Tolerance related Genomics-assisted Breeding for Crop Improvement. 2010 Koltunow, A. M., Okada, T., & Bicknell, R. A. (2010). Apomixis. In D. Simberloff, & M. Rejmanek (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (pp. 24-27). Berkeley: Univ of California Press.
Year Citation 2013 Tucker, E., Okada, T., Warner, P., Manning, S., Baes, M., Kouidri, A., . . . Whitford, R. (2013). Towards the development of a fertility control system for hybrid wheat breeding. Poster session presented at the meeting of Wheat Breeders Assembly. Brisbane, Australia: http://wheatbreedingassembly.com.au/. 2013 Okada, T., Jayasinghe, R., Langridge, P., & Fleury, D. (2013). Screening of a Triticeae germplasm collection for floral architecture traits that enhance out-crossing in wheat for hybrid seed production. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium. Yokohama, Japan.
|Date||Project/ No.||Investigators||Funding Body||Amount|
|2015||WRI Equipment Grant||Okada T, Mayo G,||Waite Research Institute||$31K|
|2013||WRI Equipment Grant||Mayo G, Okada T,||Waite Research Institute||$42K|
|2010||Transformation Technology||Okada T||CSIRO Plant Industry||$23K|
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