Our team

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Jim Weller

Group Leader

Jim attempts to provide research leadership and adequate supervision, keep his less realistic ideas in check, and occasionally write a paper or two.

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Jackie Vander Schoor

Senior Research Assistant

Jackie's extreme multi-tasking across glasshouse, lab and admin keeps the group functioning! 
 

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Yang Dai

PhD candidate

Yang is working on genetics and physiology of flowering time in lentil  

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Raul Ortega

Postdoctoral Researcher

Raul has a background in crop genetics and co-ordinates our molecular genetic work on pulse phenology in lab and glasshouse. 

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Laura James

Research Assistant

Laura is wrestling with the genetics of flowering time in pulses and keeps our feet on the ground with her pulse breeding and field trial experience. 

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Andy Rubenach

PhD candidate

Andy's working on the legume circadian clock, bringing a deep knowledge of the literature and master technical troubleshooting abilities…

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Jak Butler

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jak's moved from tree (eucalypt) genetics to provide our simple annual inbreeding plant brains with much-needed genomic/bioinformatics know-how. 

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Chantelle Beagley

PhD candidate

Chantelle is exploring the genetics of domestication in pea and common bean

 

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Kelsey Picard

PhD candidate

Kelsey is helping extend our toolkit of molecular techniques, while also trying to drag our communications into the 21st century.

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Emilie Perez

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Valérie Hecht

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Owen Williams

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Bea Contreras

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XT Lee

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Memoona Arshad

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Belinda Warren