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Jenny's interest is to develop new detection methods for detection of banana viruses. She is also interested in recombinant immunological reagents for detecting plant pathogens and the application of nanotechnology in plant pathogen diagnostics.


In 2007 Jenny completed a Bachelor of Biotechnology graduating with First Class Honours (major in Microbial Biotech) at the University of Queensland. Her Honours research project was conducted with the Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology. As part of her Honours Jenny was involved in a major project to develop an E.coli strain for production of commodity chemicals utilising sugarcane as the sole carbon source. The Honours project also included the study of all steps involved in commercial development for a biotechnology product such as research and development, marketing, intellectual properties protection, regulatory issues, production and economic analysis. 

Jenny's career interests include:

  • the development of genetically engineered microorganism to produce useful products
  • microbial diagnosis for bacteria, viruses in plants and animals
  • manipulation of genes to improve resistance to disease in animal and plant, and
  • control of pathogen spread and disease in plants and animals.


Jenny is currently completing her PhD with the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity. Her project is CRC60107: Nano Bananas. Jenny is enrolled through the University of Queensland at the School of Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Her research is based at Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries.