Developmental regulation and translational research
Our group uses a combination of genetics, molecular, and cellular biology to investigate seed development. Specifically, we are interested in knowing how cell types are specified during the early stages of embryogenesis and in identifying the genetic pathways regulating cellular differentiation in the protective layers surrounding the developing embryo - the seed coat. We are interested in improving genetic transformation technology for the rapid characterisation of agronomically important genes in crop plants. This technology will then be applied to the modification of seed size and fatty acid content in crop plants such as the superfood chia.
- Investigating transcriptional networks regulating seed size in plants
- Genetic control of root mucilage - the nexus between roots and the rhizosphere (with Dr Berit Ebert)
- Defining transcriptional networks in the basal land plant Marchantia (with Dr Edwin Lampugnani)
- Improving germline transformational efficiency in canola
- Developing transformation and gene editing technologies for the superfood Chia (with Prof Ute Roessner)