- Adjunct Associate Professor Mark Kinkema
- Adjunct Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Genetics & Biotechnology
- Discipline *
- Agricultural Biotechnology, Plant Biology
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PhD (University of Michigan)
Mark Kinkema has over 20 years of experience in the areas of molecular biology and plant biotechnology and has worked in both academia and industry. He is currently leading the research efforts of the Transgene Expression Team within the Syngenta Centre for Sugarcane Biofuels Development at the Queensland University of Technology. This work is aimed at the commercial development of transgenic sugarcane for cellulosic ethanol production. In addition, Dr Kinkema is leading research programs within the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at QUT that are focused on improving transgene expression in sugarcane and improving sugarcane through biotechnology.
Prior to coming to QUT, Dr Kinkema worked at the University of Queensland where he developed a research program utilising transcriptional profiling as a tool to dissect the long distance signal transduction pathway controlling nodulation in soybean.Before moving to Australia, Dr Kinkema worked for Syngenta Biotechnology in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. At Syngenta he managed the research activities of the Transgene Expression Team working on developing transgenic corn for the ethanol production industry. During this time, Dr Kinkema helped to manage the “corn amylase” project from the initial discovery stage through several phases of commercial development. This research developed into one of Syngenta´s most successful output traits projects and is set for commercialisation.Dr Kinkema was a post–doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Xinnian Dong at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. His research at Duke focused on the signal transduction pathway leading to pathogen resistance in plants. This work provided the first insight on the function of NPR1, which is a key regulator of the plant defence response known as systemic acquired resistance.
- 2008 – present: Principal Research Fellow – Syngenta Centre for Sugarcane Biofuels Development, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, QUT, Australia.
- 2004 – 2008: Research Fellow – ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research, University of Queensland, Australia.
- 1999 – 2004: Staff Scientist II – Grain Quality Division, Syngenta Biotechnology, Research Triangle Park, NC USA.
- 1996 – 1999: Research Fellow – Duke University, Durham, NC USA.
- Kinkema M, Scott PT, Gresshoff PM, (2006) Legume nodulation: successful symbiosis through short- and long-distance signalling, Functional Plant Biology: an international journal of plant function p707-721
- Hoffmann D, Jiang Q, Men AE, Kinkema M, Gresshoff PM, (2007) Nodulation deficiency caused by fast neutron mutagenesis of the model legume Lotus japonicus, Journal of Plant Physiology p460-469
- Kereszt A, Li D, Indrasumunar A, Nguyen CD, Nontachaiyapoom S, Kinkema M, Gresshoff PM, (2007) Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation of soybean to study root biology, Nature Protocols p948-952
- Nontachaiyapoom S, Scott PT, Men AE, Kinkema M, Schenk PM, Gresshoff PM, (2007) Promoters of orthologous glycine max and lotus japonicus nodulation autoregulation genes interchangeably drive phloem-specific expression in transgenic plants, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions p769-780
- Hayashi S, Gresshoff PM, Kinkema M, (2008) Molecular analysis of lipoxygenases associated with nodule development in soybean, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions p843-853
- Kinkema M, Gresshoff PM, (2008) Investigation of downstream signals of the soybean autoregulation of nodulation receptor kinase GmNARK, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions p1337-1348
Awards and recognition
- Funding Award
- Reference year
- ARC Linkage Projects Grant, Optimisation of Transgene Expression in Sugarcane, 2010-2013