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Dr Cara Mortimer

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Environmental Systems

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Name
Dr Cara Mortimer
Position(s)
Senior Research Fellow (DECRA)
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Environmental Systems
Discipline *
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Agricultural Biotechnology, Manufacturing Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 1482
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of London)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member and Management Committee Observer in COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology) Action FA1006-PlantEngine; Plant Metabolic Engineering for High Value Products

Member of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS)

Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and Plantae

Member of Women in Technology (WIT)

Keywords

Plant biotechnology, Metabolic engineering, Recombinant proteins, INPACT, Extreme gene expression, Phytochemicals, Cisgenics, Disease resistance, Carotenoids, Ketocarotenoids

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Cara Mortimer is currently employed as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB).

Cara joined the CTCB at QUT in 2011 with an Australian Research Council Super Science Fellowship. She spent her fellowship developing an extreme gene expression system as a platform for industrial plant biotechnology. She was subsequently co-Chief Investigator of a $ 2 million (AUD) project funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), focused on the genetic improvement of vegetatively propagated crops, and Principle Investigator of a QUT BlueBox proof-of-concept project for combating gene silencing. In 2016 Cara was awarded a Vice Chancellors Research Fellowship from QUT and a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC). She is currently developing an inducible hyper-elevated gene expression platform as a tool for metabolic engineering.

Prior to working in the CTCB, Cara was studying the metabolome of the Tobacco tree (Nicotiana glauca) and exploring its potential as an advanced renewable biofuel source and multipurpose crop, at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL, UK). She received her PhD in 2011 from RHUL. Her PhD fellowship was funded through the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, by the European Commission. Her PhD research focussed on metabolically engineering plants for high value product production. Prior to her PhD studies Cara was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Biology, and the Keith Moore prize for excellence in plant science, from the University of Bath (UK). As part of her undergraduate studies she completed a year’s professional placement within the micro-propagation unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, UK).

Cara has published peer reviewed articles in high impact journals including Plant Cell, Plant Biotechnology and Nature Protocols and is the co-inventor of two patents. She was bought up on a horticultural farm in rural England. This has strongly contributed to her drive to work in agricultural biotechnology; she is interested in all areas of this field.

 

Key Research areas

  • Plant biotechnology
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Medicinal plants
  • Plant made proteins
  • Extreme gene expression
  • Multipurpose crops
This information has been contributed by Dr Cara Mortimer.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2016
Details
ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2016
Details
QUT Vice Chancellors Research Fellowship
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2016
Details
Australian Academy of Science: Science at the Shine Dome Travel Award
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2017
Details
Phytochemistry Reviews
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2016
Details
Scientific Reports - Nature Publishing Group
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2011
Details
ARC Super Science Research Fellowship
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2007
Details
PhD Fellowship

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Inducible Hyper-expression as a Tool for Metabolic Engineering (Mortimer DECRA)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE160101570
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
A platform for the continuous genetic improvement of accepted cultivars of vegetatively propagated horticultural crops (HAL)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
AI13008
Start year
2013
Keywords
Bananas; Cisgenics; Intergenerational Transgene Stability; Marker Free Transformation; Potatoes
Title
Extreme Expression: Building a Platform for Industrial Plant Biotechnology
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
FS100100083
Start year
2011
Keywords
Biofarming; Transgene Expression; Silencing; Inducible Expression

Supervision