WIT Award Year: 2018
Hannah recently completed her PhD in cereal crop genetics at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation within the University of Queensland. Funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation in Australia, her PhD investigated the plant’s hidden half: roots, and their potential to improve stability of crop production in water-limited environments. As part of this PhD research, Hannah identified that a key gene regulating flowering behaviour also modulates root system architecture in wheat and barley. This discovery revealed one of the first intersections of above-ground gene regulation in the well-characterised flowering pathway with the largely unexplored genetic architecture of plant root development. Recently, Hannah has embarked on the next stage of her career as a Research Scientist with InterGrain. In her new role, Hannah engages with researchers throughout Australia and across the globe to develop research projects aimed at improved wheat and barley production. Hannah is extremely passionate about crop improvement and global food security. She believes our research should be tailored to improving the livelihoods for people in developing as well as developed countries. Hannah is also an avid promotor of engaging young people in agriculture research and takes every opportunity to share her story and experiences with them.