Dr Karishma Mody

Advance Qld Indust Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
k.mody@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62265

Overview

I am biotechnologist specialising in applications of nanotechnology to improve animal health. My PhD with Prof Neena Mitter was a part of a multi-disciplinary research project facilitated by the Queensland Government Research Partnerships (~3.6 M) at QAAFI in partnership with AIBN, School of Global Animal health, Washington State University (WSU) and industry partner Zoetis. This research, for the first time, established silica nanomaterials as carriers and self-adjuvants for vaccine delivery against Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus. The excellent research contributed towards one patent and 7 publications in high impact journals.

As a post-doctoral research fellow at QAAFI, I have been involved in developing next generation nanopesticides, with improved safety and performance using silica nanotechnology; this work is in collaboration with AIBN and industry partner Boehringer Ingelheim. Currently, my research as an Advance Queensland Fellow in Prof Neena Mitter’s lab at QAAFI focuses on working and collaborating on the innovative Clay technology for RNAi mediated protection for sheep blowfly/lice. In addition, I am also working with Prof Mitter on the Fire-ant project in collaboration with Biosecurity Queensland to develop RNAi mediated sustainable solution using clay innovation. Overall, in all the projects I am exploiting nanotechnology along with molecular tools to develop innovative sustainable solutions for real-world problems.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Mody, Karishma T., Zhang, Bing, Li, Xun, Jain, Ritesh, Li, Peng, James, Peter, Mahony, Timothy J., Xu, Zhiping and Mitter, Neena (2020). Topical RNAi for Sustainable Animal Health. TropAg 2019, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 11-13 November 2019. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI. doi: 10.3390/proceedings2019036170

  • Worrall, Elizabeth, Hamid, Aflaq, Mody, Karishma, Mitter, Neena and Pappu, Hanu (2018). Nanotechnology for plant disease management. Agronomy, 8 (12), 285. doi: 10.3390/agronomy8120285

  • Zhang, Bing, Cavallaro, Antonio S., Mody, Karishma T., Zhang, Jun, Deringer, James R., Brown, Wendy C., Mahony, Timothy J., Yu, Chengzhong and Mitter, Neena (2016). Nanoparticle-based delivery of Anaplasma marginale membrane proteins, VirB9-1 and VirB10 produced in the Pichia pastoris expression system. Nanomaterials, 6 (11) 201, 201. doi: 10.3390/nano6110201

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Grants

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Available Projects

  • The aim of the project is to develop a sustainable solution using clay particles to deliver RNA to protect Queensland’s sheep from flystrike and lice infestation. Current control measures mainly rely on vaccination or chemical control, causing issues of residue and toxicity. Both of these pathogens have developed resistance to nearly all control chemicals used in the past. This project will deliver a clean-green formulation to counter chemical resistance, improve animal welfare, reduce residues in products, allowing better responses to market demands.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Mody, Karishma T., Zhang, Bing, Li, Xun, Jain, Ritesh, Li, Peng, James, Peter, Mahony, Timothy J., Xu, Zhiping and Mitter, Neena (2020). Topical RNAi for Sustainable Animal Health. TropAg 2019, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 11-13 November 2019. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI. doi: 10.3390/proceedings2019036170

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The aim of the project is to develop a sustainable solution using clay particles to deliver RNA to protect Queensland’s sheep from flystrike and lice infestation. Current control measures mainly rely on vaccination or chemical control, causing issues of residue and toxicity. Both of these pathogens have developed resistance to nearly all control chemicals used in the past. This project will deliver a clean-green formulation to counter chemical resistance, improve animal welfare, reduce residues in products, allowing better responses to market demands.