The University of Queensland QAAFI

Anna KoltunowProfessor Anna Koltunow

Hy-Gain Project Leader

Professor Anna Koltunow is the Project Leader for Hy-Gain and a Professorial Research Fellow in QAAFI at The University of Queensland.  She has research interests in plant seed and fruit development and is an internationally recognised expert in an asexual form of seed formation in plants called apomixis. She has been involved in collaborative research projects on seed and fruit development with various laboratories in the United States and Europe and has worked with the horticultural industry to develop seedless fruit. Her research on apomixis is being applied to a range of crops where it should significantly economise hybrid seed production.

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Angie StrelowMrs Angie Strelow

Hy-Gain Project Manager

Angie Strelow is the Hy-Gain Project Manager and is responsible for all operational matters for the project.  Angie has been with The University of Queensland since 2013 working across a range of areas including with QAAFI since 2018.  She has vast experience providing operational and administrative coordination for projects.

David JordanProfessor David Jordan

Deputy Project Leader

Professor David Jordan is the Deputy Project Leader of Hy-Gain and is a Professorial Research Fellow in QAAFI at The University of Queensland.  He is a sorghum breeder and geneticist with more than 20 years experience working in both the public and private sector. For the last decade he has led the public sorghum pre-breeding program in Australia which is a partnership between The University of Queensland (UQ), The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). This is a long running and successful research effort with a reputation for integrating across disciplines and linking research efforts from the strategic to the applied. Breeding lines from this program are widely used commercially in Australia and internationally with 100% of the commercial sorghum grown in Australia having genetics from the program. At the same time the research group continues to produce research papers at the forefront of sorghum research.

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Emma MaceDr Emma Mace

Principal Investigator

Dr Emma Mace holds a senior research leadership role at both QAAFI within The University of Queensland and The Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.  Her main research focus is on the development and use of innovative genomics tools to support plant breeding programs, with a focus on grains and in particular sorghum.  She has led the development of a number of critical data resources for both applied and fundamental research in sorghum genetics and genomics that are widely used by sorghum researchers nationally and internationally.
 

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Brett FergusonAssociate Professor Brett Ferguson

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor Brett Ferguson currently leads the Integrative Legume Research Group (ILRG) in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS) and is an Affiliate in QAAFI at The Univesrity of Queesnland. He has worked with legumes for over 20 years and his research focuses on gene and signal discovery in legumes, with an emphasis on understanding molecular signalling interactions that orchestrate plant development. His work uses modern biotechnology approaches, such as genetic transformation and genome editing (e.g. CRISPR), to functionally characterise genes and networks of interest. 

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Ian GodwinProfessor Ian Godwin

Principal Investigator

Professor Ian Godwin is the Director of the Centre for Crop Science at QAAFI in The University of Queensland.  He has over 30 years' experience in plant biotechnology research. Ian leads research in the use of biotechnological tools for crop improvement, with emphasis on the sustainable production of grain crops. Major focus is on the improvement of crops for food, feed and bio-industrial end-uses. He has pioneered the use of GM and gene edited techniques in sorghum. Research projects include international collaborations with a focus on food security and plant genetic resource conservation with collaborators in Germany, Denmark, the United States, China, Ethiopia and Pacific Island countries.

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Guoquan LiuDr Guoquan Liu

Research Fellow

Dr. Guoquan Liu has more than ten years' experience in sorghum tissue culture, genetic transformation, and genome editing. He developed a world-class highly efficient sorghum transformation system in 2012. In recent years, he has focused on improving sorghum grain yield and grain quality, capturing heterosis, and renewable energy through biotechnologies including synthetic biology.

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Huanan SuDr Huanan Su

Research Fellow

Dr Huanan Su was a member of the Integrative Legume Research group with The University of Queensland since 2015. He holds a PhD from Citrus Research Institute, Southwest University/Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science, China. Dr Huanan Su mainly focuses on the discovery and functional characterisation of novel genes and signals that manipulate legume development, with developing new molecular biology tools for genome editing and legume transformation.

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Belinda WorlandDr Belinda Worland

Senior Research Assistant

Dr Belinda Worland's research has primarily been on the physiology and genetics of nitrogen use in the cereal crop Sorghum bicolor. The use of nitrogen fertiliser is essential to supply the global food demand however it is a major source of nitrogen pollution. Her PhD thesis investigated the relationships between nitrate uptake, storage, assimilation and remobilisation, gene expression and the correlation between these components. Her previous experiences in the work environments of multinational investment banks combined with her scientific research knowledge gives her a unique skill set with an organisational and analytical emphasis.

Pauline AsamiDr Pauline Asami

Research Assistant

Dr Pauline Asami has vast experience in plant pathogen diagnostics, tissue culture and transformation of various crops. Pauline has previously worked on projects to deliver virus free planting materials to small holder farmers in Africa. She has worked with collaborators in Kenya, Norwich, Ethiopia, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and The Sudan. Her research interests include crop improvement for better yield, programmed cell death and plant responses to abiotic stresses. Her passion is to see a link between laboratory research and the consumer.

Phuong HoangDr Phuong Hoang

Research Assistant

Dr Phuong Hoang holds a PhD from The University of Queensland (2009) in the field of Plant Biotechnology. Phuong has more than ten years' experience in sorghum, banana, rice, tomato tissue culture, genetic transformation. She has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on a Grand Challenges in Global Health project founded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This project's focus was Genetic Engineering of Bananas for nutritional biofortification to help alleviate micronutrient deficiency in East Africa, mainly vitamin A (VAD) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA).  She also worked as research officer at an start-up Biotech company named Nexgen Plants Pty Ltd at The University of Queensland. These projects aim to develop a salt tolerant variety for rice using INTtrait technology to address the soil salinity challenge in agriculture, and novel virus resistant tomato using INTtrait technology and RNAi.

Colleen HuntColleen Hunt

Senior Biometrician, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Colleen has more than 20 years experience as a biometrician working on Australian plant breeding programs. Since 2005 she has been a senior biometrician in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries primarily responsible for the analysis of all experiments conducted by the DAF/QAAFI sorghum pre-breeding program. Recently she has been focusing her research on developing statistical methods for genomic prediction, genotype by environment interactions and hybrid dominance.

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of The University of Queensland (UQ), supported by the Queensland Government.   

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Email: hygain@uq.edu.au

 

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