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My Story

I have work experience in both commercial and academic environments, where I have undertaken research in world-class centres. My research includes dissecting mechanisms that underpin cellulose and callose biosynthesis in plants; functionality studies of enzymes involved in starch metabolism using a plant model system; and recently, employing metabolic engineering approaches, focusing on strategies to improve plant quality, produce bio-energy and bio-materials and functional foods. In my current project, I have used gene transfer technology to produce transgenic plants with modified phytosterols. These novel sterols may have applications in insect resistance and human nutrition. A patent application is being evaluated. In addition to my technical expertise in research, I also have experience in the food and grain processing industries. I have a strong entrepreneurial approach based on firm knowledge and experience. I actively assist the Australian agricultural sector to secure new opportunities and enhance international competitiveness and value.

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