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Claire Agius

Claire Agius

PhD student in the RNA Silencing and Disease Resistance group,

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Claire completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Melbourne before completing a year of research in RNA silencing at the Australian National University in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Her current research is on the mechanisms of RNA silencing in a green alga, a simple plant species. RNA silencing is a term that describes a number of critical regulatory pathways that are found in plants and animals and further understanding of these pathways could see the development of biotechnological solutions to issues of crop yield and plant disease.

Claire is interested in understanding the policy and regulatory issues that affect the transformation of scientific developments into technological solutions, and would like to explore how issues of food security overlap with and affect conservation and sustainability programs. She has a particular interest in food systems, having previously worked in the food marketing and regulatory sector as a solicitor in Australia.

Keywords

  • how issues of food security overlap with and affect conservation and sustainability
  • mechanisms of RNA silencing in a green alga
  • understanding the policy and regulatory issues that affect the transformation of scientific developments into technological solutions