Below is a list of prospective project supervisors at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. 

Please contact the researcher directly to discuss postgraduate or undergraduate research opportunities.

 

 

Researcher Key interests/research areas Suited to students studying Location
A/Prof Olufemi Akinsanmi   Plant science Ecosciences Precinct
Dutton Park
Prof Mike Bell   Plant science UQ 
A/Prof Patrick Blackall Use of both molecular and conventional bacteriology to problems linked with bacterial pathogens of domestic livestock (including food-safety organisms) and native animals.  Techniques used range from whole genome sequence analysis to PCR to phenotypic tests for antimicrobial resistance.  Work covers improved diagnostic tools, population dynamics and characterisation of novel organisms.

Agriculture
Animal science
Microbiology
Food science

UQ 
Prof Andrew Borrell Crop physiology and modelling, cereal genetics, sorghum, rice, wheat, barley

Genetics
Plant science

Hermitage Research Station
Warwick
A/Prof Bhagirath Chauhan Weed ecology and biology, herbicide use, management of herbicide-resistant weeds, non-chemical weed management options, integrated weed management systems using agronomic and varietal components, tillage systems, and conservation agriculture systems. Agriculture
Ecology
Plant science
UQ Gatton campus
A/Prof Liz Dann

Identifying and understanding plant pathogens and the diseases they cause, particularly in avocado. Eg. Phytophthora root rot, black root rot, fruit postharvest diseases anthracnose and stem end rot. Integrated disease management strategies, including improvement in soil health and evaluating new management tools. Utilising inherent plant defence mechanisms for disease control

Agriculture
Plant science
Soil science
Ecosciences Precinct
Dutton Park
A/Prof Ralf Dietzgen Plant virus epidemiology and control studying the molecular interactions between viruses, their host plants and insect vectors. Focus on negative-sense RNA viruses in horticultural crops including plant bunyaviruses and rhabdoviruses, High throughput sequencing for virus detection, virus characterization and taxonomy. Viral protein expression and intracellular localization & interactions. Biochemistry and molecular biology
Bioinformatics
Microbiology
Plant science
UQ St Lucia campus
Prof Andre Drenth   Plant science Ecosciences Precinct
Dutton Park
Dr Joe Eyre  

Plant science
Soil science

UQ Gatton campus
A/Prof Mary Fletcher Organic and analytical chemistry for identification and analysis of natural toxins in plants, fungi and agricultural products. Focus on toxins from pasture plants that can impact on livestock health and also have the potential to form residues in agricultural products and pose a risk to consumers.

Biochemistry and molecular biology
Chemistry
Chemical sciences

Health and Food Sciences
Precinct, Coopers Plains
Dr Geoffry Fordyce   Animal science UQ St Lucia campus
A/Prof Andrew Geering   Plant science UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Barbara George-Jaeggli   Plant science Hermitage Research Station
Warwick
Prof Mike Gidley

Plant-based foods – structural basis for nutritional properties such as satiety, digestion rate and microbial fermentation. Dietary fibre – classification of food and feed ingredient properties based on molecular characteristics. Gut fermentation – identification of food and ingredient factors that influence human gut microbiome development and fermentation outcomes.

Biochemistry and molecular biology
Chemical science
Food science
Plant science
UQ St Lucia campus
Prof  Bob Gilbert Starch Food science UQ St Lucia campus/China
Prof Ian Godwin crop Plant science UQ St Lucia campus
A/Prof Jim Hanan My research area is in development and application of computational modelling, mathematical, and computer visualisation approaches and techniques that facilitate the study of physiology, morphogenesis and ecology of plants and trees. Agriculture
Computational science
Mathematics
Plant science
UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Craig Hardner Genetics, breeding and physiology of horticultural crops including (i) international collaborations in global genomic prediction in mango, avocado, citrus apple, (ii) conservation and genetics of macadamia, and (iii) quantitative genetics of auto-polyploids. Agriculture
Genetics
Plant science
Statistics
UQ St Lucia campus
Prof Ben Hayes Genetic improvement of livestock, crop,
pasture and aquaculture species'
Animal science UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Alice Hayward

Plant tissue culture with a focus on developing real-world industry platforms for new crops including avocado and duboisia. Genetics and genomics of avocado with a special interest in small RNA regulation of gene expression and exploring new tools such as exogenous RNAi and CRISPR

Genetics
Plant Science
Agriculture
UQ St Lucia campus
Prof Robert Henry crop, coffee, rice, eucalyptus

Genetics
Plant science

UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Lee Hickey Genetics and plant breeding research focussed on Australia’s most important cereal crops wheat and barley. Undertaking research to understand the genetic control of key traits like drought tolerance and disease resistance and new plant breeding technologies.  Agriculture
Genetics
Plant science
UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Peter James Biology and population dynamics of livestock pests and parasites; development of controls based on natural plant extracts, fungal biopesticides and entomopathogenic nematodes

Animal science
Ecology
Veterinary sciences

Ecosciences Precinct
Dutton Park
Prof David Jordan   Plant science Hermitage Research Station
Warwick
Prof Timothy Mahony   Animal science UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Deirdre Mikkelsen   Food science Microbiology UQ St Lucia campus
Prof Neena Mitter

Plant tissue culture with a focus on developing real-world industry platforms for new crops including avocado and duboisia. Genetics and genomics of avocado with a special interest in small RNA regulation of gene expression and exploring new tools such as exogenous RNAi and CRISPR

Agriculture
Genetics
Plant science
UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Michael Netzel   Food science Health and Food Sciences
Precinct, Coopers Plains
Dr Tim O'Hare Strawberry, stone fruit, plum Food science Health and Food Sciences
Precinct, Coopers Plains
Dr Luis Prada e Silva Cattle nutrition, rumen metabolism, gut physiology Agriculture
Animal science
Biochemistry and molecular biology
Microbiology
UQ St Lucia and Gatton campuses
A/Prof RCN Rachaputi Pigeonpea, chickpea Plant science UQ St Lucia campus
Prof Daniel Rodriguez   Plant science
Soil science
UQ Gatton campus
A/Prof Eugeni Roura satiety Food science and nutrition UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Heather Smyth Understanding consumer drivers of food quality in terms of composition, structure and sensory properties as well as understanding how human variation impacts perception. Heather works with a diverse range of products for example wine, coffee, native foods, honey, dairy, fruits, vegetables, nuts and meat.

Agriculture
Chemistry
Food Science
Psychology

Health and Food Sciences
Precinct, Coopers Plains
A/Prof Yasmina Sultanbawa Native Australian foods, microbiology Food science Health and Food Sciences
Precinct, Coopers Plains
Prof Ala Tabor Cattle ticks Animal science UQ St Lucia campus
A/Prof John Thomas   Plant science Ecosciences Precinct
Dutton Park
A/Prof Bruce Topp Horticultural tree crop breeding with current projects on macadamia and peach breeding, macadamia wild germplasm and rootstock evaluation.  Projects available regarding fruit and nut quality evaluations, phenology, yield parameters, plant propagation, disease/insect resistance and pollination.  Studies will be conducted at the Maroochy Research Station located on the Sunshine Coast. Agriculture
Genetics
Plant science
Maroochy Research Station, Nambour
Dr Conny Turni Use of both molecular and conventional bacteriology to problems linked with bacterial pathogens of domestic livestock (including food-safety organisms) and native animals.  Techniques used range from whole genome sequence analysis to PCR to phenotypic tests for antimicrobial resistance.  Work covers improved diagnostic tools, population dynamics and characterisation of novel organisms. Agriculture
Animal science
Microbiology
Food science
Ecosciences Precinct
Dutton Park
Dr Erik van Oosterom Research focuses on the crop physiological basis of abiotic stress adaptation (drought, heat) in summer cereals. Close linkages to UQ/DAF sorghum pre-breeding program connects this research to underlying genetic control mechanisms. Scientific insights gained are used in the improvement of crop simulation models that are used to inform breeding programs. Agriculture
Plant science
UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Barbara Williams Gut microbiota Food science UQ St Lucia campus
Dr Jack Christopher My research group aims to improve wheat yield and yield stability in the face of climate change. We work on ways to develop wheat crops that are better adapted to environmental stresses including water-limitation, frost, heat and sodic soils.  We study the physiology of the plants to identify mechanisms by which plants can better adapt to these stresses.   We then develop selection strategies to select for the desirable traits.  These will allow breeders to develop higher yielding cultivars with more stable yield under adverse environmental conditions.  

Plant Science
Agriculture
Genetics

Toowoomba (Leslie Research Centre)