UQ PhD international awards in Dynamics and metabolism

  • Phd
  • $32,788 p.a.
  • 3 January 2021
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Supervisor – Dr Peng Li
The project aims to investigate the response to the deposition of foreign substances by the plant leaves and the mechanism of plant leaf uptake. This could afford the answers to the long-lasting questions on the mediating factors of foliar uptake in plant biology with the involvement of the concepts of material sciences. It aims to develop efficient, environmental, and industralisable carrier for the new-generation agrochemicals with ecological advantages.
The project is expected to commence in January 2021. The scholarship is offered from the grant of ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection.
The Australia Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection will take on the global challenge of transforming crop protection technology by delivering non-GM, non- toxic RNAi based fungicides for specific fungal diseases of crops. The Hub aims to develop and commercialise an innovative biological alternative to chemical fungicides targeting economically significant diseases of broadacre and horticultural crops. It addresses industry challenges of fungicide resistance, chemical residues in food, off-target effects and environmental harm. An expert multidisciplinary team uniting science, commercial and social licence pathways ensures industry and consumer uptake advancing $60B Australian Agriculture. The Hub translates to increased productivity, market access and enhanced environmental credentials of Australian food.
The candidate will be an active member of the Hub and will be provided opportunities for research networking, relationship building and career development through academia and/or industry. The candidate will be based in the Nanomaterials Centre as one of the two cores in the hub. The Nanomaterials Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre located within the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the School of Chemical Engineering. The Centre has a very well-equipped laboratory, housing over $5,000,000 worth of characterisation and synthesis equipment. The interdisciplinary team includes chemists, chemical engineers and materials scientists, with many of the senior researchers collaborating with other institutes at UQ, including the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), Institute of Molecular Biosciences (IMB), Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), and the Diamantina Institute (UQDI).
A working knowledge of chemistry, materials science and engineering, biology or other relevant disciplines would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling.
With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies.
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