Jean-Yves Paul

Jean-Yves Paul

Posdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Que
 

Currently employed at Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology

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    Summary

    Research Overview My main research interest has been application-oriented development of transgenic crops like rice, sugarcane, taro and bananas. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow on an Australian-African collaborative banana bio-fortification program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This program has resulted in outcomes that will potentially contribute to the health, social welfare and economic development of African countries like Uganda where banana is a staple food crop. During my doctoral studies, I investigated anti-apoptosis genes as candidate genes to generate transgenic banana plants with resistance to Fusarium wilt, one of the most destructive banana diseases caused by the soil-borne fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc). Since anti-apoptosis have been shown to confer resistance to various abiotic stresses in other crops, the ability of these genes to confer resistance against water stress in banana was also investigated. The work presented in my thesis is the first report of the use of these genes as a strategy to confer resistance to Fusarium wilt and water stress in a non-graminaceous monocot, banana. We anticipate that such a strategy could be exploited to generate resistance to necrotrophic pathogens and abiotic stresses in other economically important crop plants. Earlier, as an Honours student I worked on generating an infectious clone of an Australian isolate of Taro bacilliform virus (TaBV). This work was part of an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)-funded project to elucidate the symptoms caused by TaBV as well as its role in the lethal taro disease known as Alomae.

Experiences

Posdoctoral Research Fellow

At Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology

From 2009 to Present
 

QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, Brisbane

PhD - Plant plant transformation, molecular biology and biochemistry, QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

From 2005 to 2009
Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
 

QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, Brisbane

Bachelor of Applied Science – First class Honours , QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

From 2001 to 2004
Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
 

Research Assistant

At Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology

2009
 

Skills

 
  • agronomie
  • biochemistry
  • biotechnology
  • molecular biology
  • research

Centres d'intérêt

 
  • CrossFit
  • Scuba diving: PADI (Advanced) and FFESSM (Level2)
  • Surf
  • Travel and photography