QAAFI Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students

as of 24 January 2020

Name Project Title Principal adviser
Oladipupo Adiamo Extraction and Characterization of Bioactive Peptides with Antioxidative and Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Activities Derived from Proteins of Australian Acacia sp. AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Rimjhim Agarwal Identification of genetic variants in orange-pigmented capsicum and chillli of the Capsicum annuum, C. chinense, and C. baccatum species. Dr Tim O'Hare
Oluwaseun Akinlade Understanding the genetics of crop root architecture Dr Lee Hickey
Saleha Akter Elucidating mechanisms of antimicrobial activity of Australian  native plant extracts AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Othman Aldossary Jojoba Genomics for Stress Tolerance Prof Robert Henry
Batlah Almutairi Extraction of oligosaccharides from Australian native food plants and its applications in probiotic food systems AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Bader Alsubaie Jojoba Genomics for Sex Determination Prof Robert Henry
Asad Amin Integrating crop modelling and genomics to improve plant breeding Dr Lee Hickey
Galaihalage Ananda Sorghum Genomics: Diversity and evolution of the Sorghum genus and the role of cyanogenesis Prof Robert Henry
Yeming Bai Mechanistic exploration of effects of ginseng (a traditional Chinese food additive and medicine) on the digestion rate of starch containing foods Prof Michael Gidley
Cindy Bermudez Visualisation and characterisation of microbe-solid food remnant interactions from in vitro fermentation experiments using porcine and human faecal inocula. Dr Deirdre Mikkelsen
Michael Bird Maximizing gains from selection in Eucalyptus Dr Craig Hardner
Eshetu Bobasa Evaluation of urolithins obtained from ellagitannins in Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Fernanda Borges Naito Differential plant gene expression in response to tospovirus and rhabdovirus infection and viral counter-defense AsPr Ralf Dietzgen
Alexander Bui Design rules for nutritionally---functional grains Prof Michael Gidley
Jed Calvert Fungal Endophytes in the Iron Range Dr Roger Shivas
Grant Chambers Study of viroids in Australian citriculture AsPr Andrew Geering
Madan Kumar Chapagai Preparation and characterization of chemically modified wheat starch for selective adsorption during mineral flotation Prof Michael Gidley
Vallari Chourasia Catalytic Conversion of Sugarcane Bagasse into Aromatics and High- Value Platform Chemicals Prof Robert Henry
Sadia Chowdhury Authentication of uniquely Australian food products with claimed health benefits AsPr Mary Fletcher
James Copley Improving fertility in Northern Beef cattle with Genomic selection Prof Ben Hayes
Daniel Edge-Garza Global prediction for genetic improvement of apple Dr Craig Hardner
Andrew Ferguson Immunological Difference In Bovine Respiratory Disease Susceptibility Prof Timothy Mahony
Andrew Fletcher Understanding transpiration efficiency in wheat to enhance future breeding Dr Karine Chenu
Tolera Fufa Identification of heterotic pools in maize germplasm adapted to mid altitude sub humid agro-ecology of Ethiopia Prof Ian Godwin
Selina Fyfe Characterising the potential of the green plum (Buchanania obovata) as a native Australian fruit AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Elisabet Garcia Puig Slowing down intestinal passage rate to decrease diarrhoea risk and ZnO dependence in weaned piglets Prof Eugeni Roura
Geetika Physiological constraints to yield of mungbean iin dryland and irrigated conditions AsPr RCN Rachaputi
Russell Gordon Mitigating the effects of the plant toxin Simplexin on Australian livestock AsPr Mary Fletcher
Uwe Grewer Bio economic modelling of farming systems under climate change for ex ante assessments of agricultural development policies Prof Daniel Rodriguez
Mingxia Han Carotenoid bioavailability related to molecular organisation Prof Michael Gidley
Sharmin Hasan Diversity of domestication loci in wild rice populations. Prof Robert Henry
Bao Tram Hoang Molecular basis of topical dsRNA application in viral defence and pest resistance in crop plants Prof Neena Mitter
Katrina Hodgson-Kratky Genomics of sugarcane bioenergy traits Prof Robert Henry
Wei Hu Endogenous fatty acid desaturation of palmitic to palmitoleic acid  in macadamia kernel tissue. Dr Tim O'Hare
Colleen Hunt Statistical analysis of sorghum breeding trials with complex genetic components Prof David Jordan
Ritesh Jain Topical application of RNA interfrence to manage insect pests of horticultural crops Prof Neena Mitter
Dilani Jambuthenne Gamaralalage Mining novel genes for adult plant resistance to stripe rust in wheat landraces Dr Lee Hickey
Olumide Jeff-Ego Occurence and virulence of phytophthora species in macadamia in Australia AsPr Femi Akinsanmi
Muhammad Kamran Variation amongst cattle in susceptibility to the effects of ticks and biting flies and the determination of phenotypic and immunological markers for resistance Dr Peter James
Thomas Karbanowicz Biotechnological approaches to identify vaccine antigens in economically important ticks: Yeast Display and Proteomics Prof Ala Tabor
Sana Ullah Khan Accelerated genome editing to speed up genetic gain in crops Dr Lee Hickey
Asad Khan Biology of Amaranthus retroflexus and Amaranthus viridis AsPr Bhagirath Chauhan
Ai Hwee Kho Rapid detection of nematodes in sheep and goats using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) Dr Peter James
Kodagoda Hitige Gethmini Kodagoda Assessment of the nutritional quality of Australian grown Plumcot Dr Michael Erich Netzel
Tom Kukhang Genetic analyses of an 8 x 8 set of full diallele crosses and mass propoagation via somatic embryogenesis of elite (Coffea Arabica L.) hybrids from the CIC Coffee Breeding Program Prof Robert Henry
Yasmine Lam Analysis of PIN and VRN families in cereals to manipulate plant architecture Prof Ian Godwin
Harrison Lamb Crush side genotype to accelerate genetic gain in livestock Prof Ben Hayes
Emily Lancaster Epidemiology, impact and management of myrtle rust in Lemon Myrtle plantations Prof Andre Drenth
Haiteng Li Gut microbial response to diverse forms of resistant starch Prof Michael Gidley
Mengwei Li Sorghum and maize establishment in cold and drying soils Dr Joseph Eyre
Caili Li High-amylose wheat flour as a functional food ingredient Prof Michael Gidley
Zhi Xian Lim RNAi-based management of Helicoverpa armigera Prof Neena Mitter
Zhi Hung Loh Mitigating the Effects of the Toxin Simplexin in Pimelea Poisoning of Cattle by Developing a Microbial Probiotic AsPr Mary Fletcher
Shiyi Lu Bacterial fermentation of cellulose--?based composites as plant dietary fibre Prof Michael Gidley
Amy Mackenzie Protecting wheat from stripe rust disease through rapid transfer of resistance from landraces Dr Sam Periyannan
Mukund Madhav Transinfection of buffalo flies with Wolbachia and characterisation of biological effects Dr Peter James
Thi Phuong Thuy Mai Application of genomics in Macadamia breeding AsPr Bruce Topp
Emily Mantilla Valdivieso Cattle tick and buffalo fly host biomarkers for resistance Prof Ala Tabor
Patrick Mason Diversifying cane sugar production systems: identifying carbon petitioning in a number sugar cane varieties in order to optimize production for a number of processes Prof Robert Henry
James McLean Proximal and remote sensing as tools to assist data collection in extensive maize and sorghum agronomic trials Prof Daniel Rodriguez
Donald McMurrich Canopy Manipulation of Sorghum to create a more efficient, stress tolerant plant with increased yield. Prof Ian Godwin
Mohamed Zakeel Mohamed Cassim Unravelling the biotic cause and interaction of abnormal vertical growth in macadamia AsPr Femi Akinsanmi
Vheena Mohankumar Biology and epidemiology of Botryosphaeria associated with branch dieback and tree death in macadamia AsPr Femi Akinsanmi
Maximiliano Muller Bravo Nutritional interventions in piglets to improve post--weaning health outcomes Prof Eugeni Roura
Sharif Nada Modelling Glycogen Structure and Metabolism Prof Bob Gilbert
William Nak Topical application of RNA interference to modulate plant gene expression Prof Neena Mitter
Muhammad Naseem Pathogenesis of buffalo fly lesions and factors determining variation in susceptibility amongst cattle Dr Peter James
Onkar Nath Improving avocado through genomic analysis Prof Neena Mitter
Kim Seng Galex Neoh Assessing Australian wheat quality for Japanese ramen noodles Dr Glen Fox
Thu Ha Ngo Post-translational processing of the caulimovirid capsid protein and utilisation of antipeptide antibodies for diagnosis AsPr Andrew Geering
Thi Le Thoa Nguyen Structure and Functionality of Oat Carbohydrates Prof Bob Gilbert
Dongdong Ni Plant cell wall architecture and molecular organisation Prof Michael Gidley
Sharon Nielsen Multiphase Design and Linear Mixed Model analysis of NIR scanning data Dr Glen Fox
Alexander Nilon Bioclay for Control of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Prof Neena Mitter
Jasmine Nunn Genetic variation in Macadamia for resistance to Husk Spot, Pseudocercospora macadamiae AsPr Bruce Topp
Sari Nurulita Virus-Infected Garlic in Australia and Indonesia, and Factors Affecting Disease Epidemiology AsPr John Thomas
Christopher O'Brien Cryopreservation of Avocado shoot tips for the conservation of Persea Germplasm Prof Neena Mitter
Adam O'Donoghue Assessing the bioactivity of tomato extracts from varieties with unique carotenoid profiles on human in vitro prostate cancer cell lines Dr Tim O'Hare
Angela O'Keeffe Genetic solutions for determining fibre quality traits in sugarcane Prof Robert Henry
Oladapo Olukomaiya Evaluation of natural antioxidant sources as functional ingredients in animal feed AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Chian Teng Ong Pathogenomics of infectious causes of bovine infertility in northern Australia Prof Ala Tabor
Sarah Karen Osama Identifying genes for resistance to pre-harvest sprouting and black point in barley (Hordeum vulgare) Dr Glen Fox
Adhini Pazhany Expression genomics to widen the gene pool of sugarcane for improved biomass partitioning Prof Robert Henry
Virginie Perlo Discovery of molecular control of variation in carbon partitioning in sugarcane PProf Robert Henry
Kandeeparoopan Prasannath Etiology of flower blight complex in macadamia AsPr Femi Akinsanmi
Charlotte Rambla Optimising root systems in wheat Dr Lee Hickey
Jane Ray Biology and Epidemiology of the Banana Blood Disease Prof Andre Drenth
Apurba Lal Ray Genetic factors affecting anthocyanin development in purple-pericarp sweetcorn Dr Tim O'Hare
Dipika Roy Understanding the genetics of spot blotch resistance in barley Dr Lee Hickey
Mahendraraj Sabampillai Genotypic variation for effect of heat stress during reproductive phase in pigeonpea. AsPr RCN Rachaputi
Shammy Sarwar Innovative non thermal technologies for treatment of fungal contamination in strawberries AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Aaron Schulze Bio-actives:Value-adding to Industrial Hemp Production AsPr Mary Fletcher
MaralSeidi Damyeh Use of novel, clean, green technologies for the extraction of plant bioactive compounds of commercial value for shelf life extension of capsicum AsPr Yasmina Sultanbawa
Loretta Serafin Improving the reliability and profitability of sorghum in north west NSW Prof Daniel Rodriguez
Zeping Shao Phenotype and genotype association between food allergy and taste Prof Eugeni Roura
Raghvendra Sharma Molecular genetic characterisation of rust disease resistance genes from Valilov's wheat collection Dr Sam Periyannan
Priyanka Sharma Macadamia Genomics Prof Robert Henry
Kanwal Shazadi Can genetic variations in root architectural development during the crop cycle affect wheat productivity in water-limited environments? Dr Karine Chenu
Alexandre Silveira FastStack - evolutionary computing to stack desirable alleles in wheat Prof Ben Hayes
Eugenie Singh Investigating fungi causing fruit stem end rot and branch dieback in avocado AsPr Liz Dann
John Smith The impact of irrigation methods and management strategies on nitrogen fertiliser recovery in cotton in southern QLD Prof Michael Bell
Sukirtha Srivarathan Nutritional quality of selected Australian native fruits and Australian grown produce Dr Michael Erich Netzel
Maria Stephanie Development and evaluation of sorghum-based gluten-free pasta Dr Glen Fox
Xiaochen Sun Studies on Glaesserella australis Dr Conny Turni
Basam Tabet Manipulating sorghum grain size and plant architecture Prof Ian Godwin
Xiaoyan Tan Structural features controlling germination and other functional properties of barley Prof Bob Gilbert
Keyu Tao Understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling sensory properties in starch containing foods Prof Bob Gilbert
Zerihun Tadesse Tarekegn Integrating speed breeding and association mapping strategies to identify and introgress genes for key pathology and agronomic traits in bread wheat in Ethiopia Dr Lee Hickey
Wei-An Tsai How do plant small RNAs mediate resistance to insect-borne virus infection under heat stress? AsPr Ralf Dietzgen
Fatemeh Vafadarshamasbi Beat the heat: Improving sorghum productivity under a changing climate Prof Graeme Hammer
Prameela Vanambathina Development and application of molecular tools to identify pest and drought resistance traits in the Australian wild pigeonpea AsPr RCN Rachaputi
Yujun Wan The benefits of slowly digestible food for diabetic rats Prof Bob Gilbert
Xuemin Wang Impact of variable water limited environments on grain sorghum yield and lodging in Australia Prof David Jordan
Shaoyang Wang A systematic approach to understanding wine texture and mouthfeel. Dr Heather Smyth
Christie Warburton Genomics approaches to improve productivity in cattle Prof Ben Hayes
Widaningrum Microbial fermentation of insoluble plant dietary fibres. Prof Michael Gidley
TristanWimpenny Identification of the role of microRNAs in Bovine Herpesvirus 1 replication and virulence. Prof Timothy Mahony
Albert Chern SunWong Manipulation of genes to manage drought resistance in field crops Prof Andrew Borrell
Melissa Wooderson PhD Analgesia and Haemostasis to achieve high standards of beef calf welfare in northern Australia Dr Geoffry Fordyce
Seema Yadav Optimising genomic selection in sugarcane Prof Ben Hayes
Hong Yao Microbiome responses to food carbohydrates Prof Michael Gidley
Mengge Zhang A tool box for developing wheat cultivars with improved root systems Dr Lee Hickey
Shaobo Zhang Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Starch Prof Bob Gilbert
Yingting Zhao The influence of amylose in high-starch foods on biosynthesis-structure-property relations Prof Bob Gilbert
Xiaoyu Zhi Predicting Photosynthetic Capacity from Hyperspectral Data in Sorghum Dr Barbara George-Jaeggli
Miaomiao Zhou Starch and lipids in food: structural effects on brain function Prof Eugeni Roura