Jose R. Botella

University of Queensland, Australia


Dr. Botella is Professor of Plant Biotechnology at the University of Queensland, Australia. Jose Botella was born in Malaga, Spain, in 1959. He obtained a degree in Quantum Chemistry from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and during his Honours project developed new mathematical algorithms to calculate energy emission in nuclear collisions. After Honours, he made a radical career change and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Malaga in 1987. After obtaining his PhD he worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University and the Department of Horticulture, Pennsylvania State University before joining the University of Queensland in 1995. At the University of Queensland he founded the Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory (PGEL) specializing in the fields of tropical agricultural biotechnology and plant signal transduction. Highlights of the PGEL’s research include the production and field trial of the world’s first genetically modified pineapples with genetic constructs to control flowering. The first and only available pineapple microarrays have recently been produced at the PGEL and are being used to study fruit ripening as well as root nematode infection biology. Other research projects include the study of cellular communication in plants, specifically the role of Heterotrimeric G-proteins and their involvement in plant defense pathways.

Biography Updated on 23 December 2008

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