Researcher biography

My general field of expertise is plant molecular biology. I completed my PhD at The University of Queensland in 2009, focusing on the hormonal and genetic regulation of plant branching. In my postdoctoral career to date I have worked on next generation sequencing and genotyping in plant species using the Illumina® platforms, in both China and Australia. I am now working with Prof Neena Mitter at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, UQ, on avocado genomics and physiology. We have drafted the first genome sequence for the Australian avocado cultivar Velvick, and are also developing the worlds first high-multiplication tissue culture pipeline for avocado propagation. I am interested in the physiological and molecular regulation of avocado root production and disease resistance, with a focus on new roles for microRNAs.