Dr Karen Massel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Dr. Karen Massel is a biotechnologist with expertise utilising CRISPR/Cas9 genomic editing in cereal crops, focused on improving grain quality and abiotic stress tolerance. Current projects involve dissemenating the genetic networks that underpin drought adaptation in sorghum and barley.

Research Interests

  • Improving CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology in cereals
  • Improving abiotic tolerance through the elucidation of developmental pathways
  • Genetic improvement of grain quality traits

Research Impacts

Genetic improvement of cereal crops using novel genomic editing approaches.


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Book Chapter

  • Liu, Guoquan, Massel, Karen, Tabet, Basam and Godwin, Ian D. (2020). Biolistic DNA delivery and its applications in Sorghum bicolor. Biolistic DNA delivery in plants: methods and protocols. (pp. 197-215) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0356-7_10

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