Jacqueline Batley

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Academic Achievement

2000: PhD, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

1996: MSc Ecology, University of Durham, UK

1995: BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Bristol, UK


Occupational Experience

08/2014 - current: ARC Future Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia

05/2009 - 07/2014: ARC QEII Research Fellow, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland

03/2007 – 04/2009: Research Fellow, School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences, University of Queensland

08/2002 – 03/2007: Senior Research Scientist, Primary Industries Research Victoria, La Trobe University, Victoria and Technical Manager, AgGenomics Pty Ltd.

02/2001 - 07/2002: Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.

10/2000 - 01/2001: Postdoctoral Researcher, IACR-Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol, UK.

01/2000 - 09/2000: Postdoctoral Researcher, Advanta Seeds UK, seconded to IACR-Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol, UK.

10/1999 - 12/1999: Postdoctoral Researcher, IACR-Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol, UK.

Awards and Prizes

In 2007, I was awarded the Chinese-Australia Young Scientist Exchange Scheme, which involved a visit to China to meet with the funding bodies and scientists to establish links and develop collaborations. This project led to successful collaborations as evidenced by the Australia-China International Science Linkage grants awarded in 2009. In 2010, I was invited back to China as an alumni of the Australia-china young scientist exchange scheme, and this has now led to me being awarded the “next step program – making collaboration happen”. In October 2008, I was awarded an ARC QEII fellowship for commencement in 2009 to investigate the co-evolution of host-pathogen interaction between blackleg and Brassica. In 2009 I received a University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award, which recognises outstanding performance and leadership potential in early career researchers. This award also provided $70,000 to identify novel disease resistance genes in wild Brassicaceae.

Research Interests

1) Plant pathogen interactions: identification of resistance and avirulence genes, understanding of co-evolution

2) Genetics and genomics of Brassica crops: genome sequencing, high throughput genotyping, diversity analysis, comparative genomics, trait association, structural variation

3) Pathogen population genomics

Current Competitive Grant Funding

• 2013-2016: J Batley, D Edwards, H Raman, D Pike & S Rae. Establishing novel breeding methods for canola improvement. ARC Linkage in Partnership with Bayer Crop Science (Belgium). Bayer Crop Science (Australia) and NSWDPI. $548,000 from the ARC and $375,000 partner cash contribution

• 2013-2016: D Edwards, J Batley, B Laga & D Pike. Towards genome methylation based crop improvement. ARC Linkage in Partnership with Bayer Crop Science (Belgium and Australia). $683,000 from the ARC and $450,000 partner cash contribution

• 2013-2015: J Lichtenzveig, J Burstin, T Warkentin, J Weller, D Edwards and J Batley. An international collaborative effort to sequence the genome of field pea (Pisum sativum) a key tool for future breeding. GRDC. $100,000

• 2014-2016: AS Mason, J Batley, SS Banga, G Kaur and C Atri. A new Brassica crop species for food and biofuel. AISRF. $300,000

• 2014-2018: J Batley. Building better Brassicas: Understanding disease resistance mechanisms across the Brassicaceae. ARC Future Fellowship. $837,000

• 2014-2017: J Batley, D Edwards & B Laga. Defining the brassica pan-genome and establishing methods for gene conversion based crop improvement. ARC Linkage Project. $1.08 M

• 2016-2018: J Batley & D Edwards. The More the Merrier? Investigating copy number variation in Brassicas. ARC Discovery. $433,100

• 2016-2019: D Edwards & J Batley. Characterising structural variation in the canola genome. ARC Linkage Project. $1.0 M

Past Competitive Grant Funding

• 2009-2014: D Edwards, H Raman & J Batley. Development of molecular markers for application in Australian canola breeding. GRDC $2.5 m

• 2012-2015: D Edwards & J Batley. Mapping recombination blocks in Brassica. ARC Linkage in Partnership with Bayer Crop Science (Belgium). $611,000 from the ARC and $500,000 partner cash contribution

• 2009-2014: J Batley, D Edwards & R Delourme. Co-evolution of the host pathogen interaction between Leptosphaeria maculans and Brassica species. ARC Discovery $880,000

• 2009-2012: J Batley & D Edwards. Characterising genetic variation in Brassica napus. ARC Linkage in Partnership with NSWDPI, Bayer Crop Science (Belgium) and the Australian Genome Research Facility. $848,000 from the ARC and $456,000 partner cash contribution

• 2011-2012: J Batley, D Edwards, M Nelson & W Cowling. Second Generation sequencing to identify genes controlling flowering in oilseed Brassica plants. UQ-UWA Bilateral Research Collaboration Award $20,000

• 2009: J Batley. Investigating the evolution and conservation of nodulation and mycorrhization genes across the Brassicaceae. University of Queensland Early Career Researcher Grant $27,000.

• 2009-2011: J Batley, D Edwards & N Nesi. Characterisation of candidate genes underlying oil quality in Canola (Brassica napus) French-Australia Science and Technology programme (FR090077) $14,000

• 2010: J Batley. Conservation of blackleg disease resistance genes across the Brassicaceae: an insight into the Brassicaceae evolution. University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award $70,000.

• 2010-2011: J Batley & D Edwards. Applying the Brassica rapa genome sequence to identify candidate genes underlying agronomic traits in canola (Brassica napus). DEST Australia-China International Science Linkage $49,000

• 2010-2011: D Edwards & J Batley. Sequencing and annotating the C Genome of Brassica. DEST Australia-China International Science Linkage $96,500

• 2008-2009: J Batley. Characterising genetic variation in sorghum. UQ FirstLink Funding $3,000

• 2006-2007: D Edwards & J Batley. Establishing shared resources for the identification of Blackleg disease resistance genes in canola (Brassica napus). French-Australia Science and Technology programme. $16,000


Jacqueline Batley publications

Contact

Prof Jacqueline Batley

ARC Future Fellow

School of Biological Sciences

The University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009

Australia

Email: jacqueline.batley@uwa.edu.au

Phone: +61 (0)8 6488 5929

Mobile: 0423 841669

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