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I am a plant scientist with a PhD in plant physiology from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, where I studied the signalling properties of the defence-related plant hormone jasmonic acid and the role of jasmonate-containing lipids in the model plant Arabidopsis.

I completed my PhD in 2007 and have since been based at the Waite Campus site of CSIRO in Adelaide, working on Wine Australia funded projects relating to the understanding and manipulation of the timing of grape berry ripening.

The two major objectives of these projects are 1) the delivery of innovative solutions for the wine industry to climate change-related problems (e.g. compressed harvest seasons, high alcohol wines) and 2) the in-depth investigation of the developmental process of fruit ripening.

Over the last five years our research has particularly focused on 1) the development of applicable strategies for the wine industry to use plant growth regulator treatments for the delay and synchronisation of berry ripening and 2) the investigation of the link between berry sugar accumulation, harvest time and wine volatile compounds.

We are currently also exploring avenues to expand plant growth regulator based ripening manipulation strategies to other fruit crops.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013-

    Research Achievement Award

  • 2014-

    Best Paper Prize

  • 2017-

    Australian Women in Wine Researcher of the Year Award
    The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society

  • 2018-

    Best Oenology Paper Prize

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    Diploma of Biology
    Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany

  • 2007

    Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-2013

    Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2013-current

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-2019

    Seminar Coordinator CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Waite

  • 2017-2019

    Dial-in Coordinator CSIRO Agriculture & Food seminars