Fabian Carl Inturrisi

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Fabian completed his BSc in Biotechnology with First Class Honours with a major in Plant Sciences at Deakin University. He travelled to Canada in 2013 as a visiting scientist to study on sequence analysis using bioinformatics for cotton gene ortholog at Western University. He also served as a Casual Research Assistant at UQ in 2013. He then continued with a PhD at UQ in 2014. His PhD studies have relocated to the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia.

Research Interests

Genetics and Genomics, Plant-pathogen interaction

Current Projects

Identification of resistance genes against Leptosphaeria maculans in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea)

Brassica species are important crops producing cooking oil, vegetables and biofuel, grown in diverse environments with high economic and export value crops with a billion dollar market in Australia alone. A thorough understanding of the relationships between plants and pathogens is essential if we are to continue to meet the agricultural needs of the world’s growing population. The aim of Fabian's project is to add to the growing genomic knowledge of Brassicas, through the identification of candidate resistance genes in Brassica juncea for the most devastating fungal pathogen, Leptosphaeria maculans (blackleg fungus), an issue in major producers of rapeseed; Canada, Europe and Australia. These two species are locked in an evolutionary arms-race whereby a gene for gene interaction confers either resistance or susceptibility in the plant depending on the genotype of the plant and pathogen. The newly available Brassica genome sequence provides the resources to study the co-evolution of this plant and pathogen. Identification of resistance genes within Brassica juncea will enable marker-assisted development of elite disease resistant cultivars in breeding programs for canola (B. napus) and indian mustard (B. juncea) for crop protection. An understanding of the evolution of genes responsible for resistance will lead to improved plant protection strategies for Brassica.


1. Sheng Chen, Alice Hayward, K. P. Witt Hmon, S. S. Dey, Fabian C. Inturrisi, Aria Dolatabadian, Ting Xiang Neik, Hua Yang, Matthew N. Nelson, Neil C. Turner, Kadambot H. M. Siddique, Wallace A. Cowling, Jacqueline. Batley. Genome-wide association analyses provide genomic insights into natural variation in heat tolerance of Brassica rapa. Brassica 2016, Melbourne, Australia, 2016

2. Fabian C. Inturrisi, Soodeh Tirnaz, Philipp E. Bayer, Ting Xiang Neik, Hua Yang, Aria Dolatabadian, Fangning Zhang,Anita Severn-Ellis, Dhwani A. Patel, Aneeta Pradhan, HueyTyng Lee, David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley. Genome-Wide Analysis of NBS-LRR Genes in the Brassicaceae and Applications for Breeding. PAG XXVI. 2018.

3. Fabian C. Inturrisi, Philipp E. Bayer, Hua Yang, Chon-Kit Kenneth Chan, David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley. Genome-Wide Analysis of NBS-LRR Genes in Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea) and Prediction of Candidate Disease Resistance Genes. PAG XXVI. 2018.

Contact Details

Fabian Inturrisi

Room 1.122, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

The University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009, Perth, Australia

Mobile: +61 (0)423 967 254

Email: fabian.inturrisi@research.uwa.edu.au

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