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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Jak Butler

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jak recently joined our Pulse Phenology project and provides us with badly-needed genomic and bioinformatics expertise. 

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Chantelle Beagley

Honours Student

Chantelle is exploring the genetics of common bean development but has wider interests in flowering time mechanisms and their evolution

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Kelsey Picard

Research Assistant

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

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Valerie Hecht

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Valerie works on legume FTs, is our go-to person for lab techniques, makes sure the labs are running properly, and keeps the sales reps honest.

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Bea Contreras

PhD Student

Bea has been looking at the roles of various photoperiod response genes in pea and Medicago.
 

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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

MSc student

Yang is interested in agriculture and genetics and is getting to know lentils (and Tasmania...)

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Raul Ortega

Postdoctoral Researcher

Raul has just (re-) joined the group to co-ordinate our molecular genetic work on pulse phenology in lab and glasshouse. 

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Andy Rubenach

PhD Student

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

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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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Memoona Arshad

MAppSci student

Memoona is investigating flowering time genes in pea and Medicago

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Emilie Perez

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Owen Williams

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XT Lee

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Belinda Warren