Takashi Okada

Dr Takashi Okada

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.

Research Interests

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.

Biography

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.

 

Wheat floral architecture project

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
  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83137180
  • Email: takashi.okada@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7102
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Genomics Centre, floor 2
  • Room: 2 16
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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