- Professor Roger Hellens
- Deputy Executive Director
Institute for Future Environments,
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PhD (University of East Anglia)
Professor RP Hellens joined the Centre for Tropical Crop and Biocomodities in March 2014.
From 2000 to 2014 he worked in New Zealand at Plant&Food (aka HortResearch) in Auckland, where he had a number of role including leading the institutes 80-people strong genomics research and more recently the $10M p.a. kiwifruit breeding programme.
His research interests were the development of red-fleshed apple and kiwifruit varieties and exploiting Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques. He has also maintained a keen interest in post transcriptional gene regulation and this has become relevant in work to understand the regulation of vitamin C.
Prior to his move to New Zealand, Professor Hellens worked at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. Here he developed the first genetic maps in pea (including his PhD on the molecular basis of Mendel’s white flower phenotype), He developed the pGreen plant transformation vector and a project on gene silencing (RNAi) in petunia.
- 2014 to date Professor of Agricultural Biotechnology, CTCB, QUT
- 2012 to date Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Otago
- 2012 to 2014 Science Group Leader, Plant&Food, Kiwifruit
- 2009 to 2012 Science Group Leader, Plant&Food, Genomics
- 2006–2009 Science Leader, HortResearch, Fruit Genomics
- 2004–2006 Science Leader, HortResearch, Gene Discovery and Function
- 2001–2004 Scientist, HortResearch, Expression Technology project
- 1996–2001 Postdoc, John Innes Centre, post transcriptional regulation.
- 1994–96 Postdoc, John Innes Center, development of novel binary vector.
- 1991–94 PhD student, John Innes institute, CHS promoter analysis.
- 1989–91 Postgraduate research, John Innes institute, Pea RFLP mapping
- Waterhouse PM, Hellens RP, (2015) Plant biology: Coding in non-coding RNAs, Nature p41-42
- Laing WA, Martinez-Sanchez M, Wright M, Bulley SM, Brewster D, Dare AP, Rassam M, Wang D, Storey RD, Macknight RC, Hellens RP, (2015) An upstream open reading frame Is essential for feedback regulation of ascorbate biosynthesis in arabidopsis, The Plant Cell p772-786
- Espley RV, Butts CA, Laing WA, Martell S, Smith H, McGhie TK, Zhang J, Paturi G, Hedderley D, Bovy A, Schouten HJ, Putterill J, Allan AC, Hellens RP, (2014) Dietary flavonoids from modified apple reduce inflammation markers and modulate gut microbiota in mice, The Journal of Nutrition p146-154
- Espley RV, Bovy A, Bava C, Jaeger SR, Tomes S, Norling C, Crawford J, Rowan D, McGhie TK, Brendolise C, Putterill J, Schouten HJ, Hellens RP, Allan AC, (2013) Analysis of genetically modified red-fleshed apples reveals effects on growth and consumer attributes, Plant Biotechnology Journal p408-419
- Dare AP, Tomes S, Jones M, McGhie TK, Stevenson DE, Johnson RA, Greenwood DR, Hellens RP, (2013) Phenotypic changes associated with RNA interference silencing of chalcone synthase in apple (Malus X domestica), Plant Journal p398-410
- Naim F, Nakasugi K, Crowhurst RN, Hilario E, Zwart AB, Hellens RP, Taylor JM, Waterhouse P, Wood C, (2012) Advanced Engineering of Lipid Metabolism in Nicotiana benthamiana Using a Draft Genome and the V2 Viral Silencing-Suppressor Protein, PLoS ONE p1-11
- Shulaev V, Sargent D, Crowhurst RN, Mockler T, Folkerts O, Delcher A, Jaiswal P, Mockaitis K, Liston A, Mane S, Hellens RP, other a, (2011) The genome of woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Nature Genetics p109-116
- Hellens RP, Moreau C, Lin-Wang K, Schwinn KE, Thomson SJ, Fiers MW, Frew TJ, Murray SR, Hofer JM, Jacobs JM, Davies KM, Allan AC, Bendahmane A, Coyne CJ, Timmerman-Vaughan GM, Ellis NT, (2010) Identification of Mendel's white flower character, PLoS ONE p1-8
- Velasco R, Zharkikh A, Affourtit J, Dhingra A, Cestaro A, Kalyanaraman A, Fontana P, Bhatnagar SK, Troggio M, Pruss D, Hellens RP, other a, (2010) The genome of the domesticated apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.), Nature Genetics p833-839
- Espley RV, Brendolise C, Chagne D, Kutty-Amma S, Green S, Volz RK, Putterill J, Schouten HJ, Gardiner SE, Hellens RP, Allan AC, (2009) Multiple repeats of a promoter segment causes transcription factor autoregulation in red apples, Plant Cell p168-183
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