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Professor Roger Hellens
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PhD (University of East Anglia)

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


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.

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  • 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
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