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Dr Jessica Hyles

Principal Research Scientist


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Jessica's research career at CSIRO began in 2002, identifying genetic loci and molecular markers for important agronomic traits in wheat. Jessica developed high-throughput genotyping systems to introduce marker-assisted selection to the wheat breeding program and currently leads a strategic initiative exploring options for rapid delivery of pre-breeding research to benefit Australian growers. This includes deployment of genome-to-phenome approaches for functional genomics to identify targets for gene editing, improved accuracy of trait predictions and delivery of markers compatible with genomic-selection across different breeding programs.

Jessica completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2021. Her research aimed to develop an understanding of the genetic components of flowering behavior and plant development, responsible for the adaptation of wheat to the Australian climate. Research outputs included the identification of genomic regions and markers in the context of integrated multi-gene and cross environment predictive frameworks to enable future wheat breeding efforts.

Current Roles

  • Project Lead
    Quantum Breeding Strategic Investment Project

Academic Qualifications

  • 2021

    University of Sydney

  • 2006

    MAgr (Plant Breeding & Genetics)
    University of Sydney

  • 1996

    BSc (Biomed.)
    University of Technology Sydney

Professional Experiences

  • 2022-2023

    Group Leader, Cotton Biotechnology

  • 2020-2022

    Team Leader, Genome-to-phenome

  • 2018-2020

    Team Leader, Applied Genetic Technologies

  • 2016-2018

    Team Leader, Crop Genotyping Platforms

Achievements and Awards

  • 2023-2024

    Grains Advocacy Scholarship
    Grain Producer's Australia and Nufarm

  • 2019-2019

    Farrer Memorial Traveling Scholarship

  • 2019-2019

    Irvine Armstrong Watson Scholarship
    University of Sydney

  • 2017-2017

    James King of Irrawang Traveling Scholarship
    University of Sydney

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2022-2023

    AF HSE sub-committee team

  • 2021-2022

    Future Crops Comms team

  • 2020-2020

    Crop Co-Champion, Temperate Cereals

  • 2016-2018

    AF Inclusion and Diversity in-program Lead, RP1

  • 2014-2016

    CSIRO Agriculture Flagship Consultative Committee, site representative

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