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Dr Gavin Hunter

Team Leader


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Gavin is a molecular plant pathologist and mycologist. His research interests encompass the identification, evolution and population biology of invasive fungal plant pathogens. This is achieved through the use of DNA-based molecular tools complemented by conventional morphological taxonomy. Gavin has undertaken such research across several sectors including academia, government and commercial biotechnology.

At CSIRO, Gavin's research was delivered into the Temperate Weeds Team where he identified, developed and deployed host-specific fungal pathogens of invasive weeds in Australia. More recently, as part of the Plant Health Diagnostics team, Gavin's research has been focused on molecular diagnostics of endemic and exotic plant pathogens of biosecurity concern to Australian plant-based industries and Australia's unique flora. For this, his research aims to develop innovative diagnostic platforms and technologies to detect plant pathogens sooner and more accurately.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Team leader of the Plant Health Diagnostics Team

  • Research Scientist
    Molecular diagnostics of plant pathogens and Classical Weed Biocontrol

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    PhD (Microbiology)
    University of Pretoria, South Africa

  • 2002

    MSc (Microbiology)
    University of Pretoria, South Africa

  • 2000

    BSc (Honours)
    University of Pretoria, South Africa

  • 1999

    University of Pretoria, South Africa

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-2016

    Team Leader, Research and Development
    Bioline (Australia) Pty. Ltd.

  • 2015-2016

    Senior Plant Pathologist
    NTDPIF, Darwin, Australia

  • 2014-2015

    Project Officer
    Plant Health Australia (PHA), Canberra, Australia

  • 2010-2013

    Research Scientist
    Forest Research Agency, Surrey, United Kingdom

  • 2010-2010

    Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), Surrey, United Kingdom

  • 2007-2009

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands

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