Researcher biography

I am a Plant Molecular Physiologist in the Mitter Lab at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. My interests include using biotechnology to understand plant form and function and improve horticultural sustainability. Our team specifically focuses on genetic and tissue culture technologies to improve our understanding of productivity and develop commercial propagation solutions for crops in close partnership with industry. We also have a dedicated research stream in cryobiotechnology for the conservation of recalcitrant crop germplasm, as well as rare and threatened plants. Our aim is to help our industries and environment become more resilient to ongoing change and assist with conservation and recovery of endangered plants through tissue culture innovations. Our flagship species is the avocado, and our team has been involved with producing the first genome sequence for avocado, as well as the world's first commercial tissue culture pipelines for avocado propagation and cryopreservation. Our ongoing vision is extension of these technologies to new species and crops for both horticultural and environmental outcomes.