I received a Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Genetics from Queensland University of Technology in 2018 where the focus of my research was to understand and adapt RNA interference within the plant defence system to explore new resistance strategies against the whitefly transmitted Tomato yellow leaf curl virus.
My research interests lie broadly within food security, but specifically in understanding the molecular and eco-evolutionary interplay between plants and their associated pathogens and herbivores to better understand the processes involved to improve agriculture.
Between my PhD and Post-doctoral position, I initiated a start-up which focused on providing accessible and affordable food for remote indigenous communities in Australia to gain direct experience in agricultural practices and the challenges that need to be overcome.
I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher under the "Competition under Niche Construction" in the Mite2 group within the Evolutionary Ecology Group of cE3c at the University of Lisbon.
My research focuses on ecological and evolutionary implications of the interaction between spider mites and plant defences. To explore this, I am specifically looking at how variable the niche-construction ability of spider mites is (plant defence suppression) and how this correlates with the performance of con- and heterospecific competitors.
The aim of the research is help shed light on the ecological build-up and maintenance of complex ecological communities at both an ecological and evolutionary timescales.
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