Science Capability

Overview: Capacity and expertise in diverse areas of Biotechnology including greenhouse facilities, tissue culture, analytical chemistry, microscopy, microbiology, DNA sequencing, and molecular genetics.

Centre Capacity: Includes greenhouse units, tissue culture hoods, Illumina MiSeq and capillary DNA sequencers, molecular genetics equipment (qPCR, high-speed and ultra centrifuges, microplate readers, liquid robotic handling, protein purification, etc), bright-field and fluorescent microscopy, and gas chromatographs.


  • Chair, Biology Department: Dr. Owen Rowland
  • Faculty: Dr. Myron Smith (fungal molecular genetics), Dr. Alex Wong (microbial genomics), Dr. Shelley Hepworth (cell and developmental biology), Dr. Martha Mullally (biotechnology)
  • Postdoctoral Fellows, PhD students, Masters students, and Undergraduates

Industrial Application

Focus:  Life Sciences, Food Security, Horticulture, Natural Products, Bioprospecting, Microbe detection/enumeration, Environmental Monitoring, Antimicrobial Strategies, Metabolic Engineering, Genomics, Bioinformatics

Project Examples: Detection and enumeration of microbes in complex environmental samples, including metagenomics; mutagenesis analysis; antifungal, antibacterial and anti-insect discovery; chemical profiling (e.g. lipids); crop development; bacterial genome sequencing

Engagement types and co-funding

  • R&D partnerships (up to 80% cash contributions available)
  • Contract research and consulting
  • Fee-for-service testing
  • Industrial-partnered student internships or post-doctoral fellows (up to 50% cash contributions available)
  • Quality control analysis

Point of Contact: Martha Mullally, Department of Biology – Faculty of Science


Contact Information

Martha Mullally, Department of Biology – Faculty of Science

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