Dr Alice Hayward

Advance Qld Postdoc Research Fellow

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
a.hayward@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62295

Overview

My general field of expertise is plant molecular biology. I completed my PhD at The University of Queensland in 2009, focusing on the hormonal and genetic regulation of plant branching. In my postdoctoral career to date I have worked on next generation sequencing and genotyping in plant species using the Illumina® platforms, in both China and Australia. I am now working with Prof Neena Mitter at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, UQ, on avocado genomics and physiology. We have drafted the first genome sequence for the Australian avocado cultivar Velvick, and are also developing the worlds first high-multiplication tissue culture pipeline for avocado propagation. I am interested in the physiological and molecular regulation of avocado root production and disease resistance, with a focus on new roles for microRNAs.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Xu, Haibin, Song, Jinyuan, Luo, Hongmei, Zhang, Yujun, Li, Qiushi, Zhu, Yingjie, Xu, Jiang, Li, Ying, Song, Chi, Wang, Bo, Sun, Wei, Shen, Guoan, Zhang, Xin, Qian, Jun, Ji, Aija, Xu, Zhichao, Luo, Xiang, He, Liu, Li, Chuyuang, Sun, Chao, Yan, Haixia, Cui, Guanghong, Li, Xiwen, Li, Xian'en, Wei, Jianhe, Liu, Juyan, Wang, Yitao, Hayward, Alice, Nelson, David, Ning, Zemin, Peters, Rueben J., Qi, Xiaoquan and Chen, Shilin (2016) Analysis of the genome sequence of the medicinal plant Salvia miltiorrhiza. Molecular Plant, 9 6: 949-952. doi:10.1016/j.molp.2016.03.010

  • Zeng, Shaohua, Liu, Yongliang, Pan, Lizhu, Hayward, Alice and Wang, Ying (2015) Identification and characterization of miRNAs in ripening fruit of lycium barbarum L. Using high-throughput sequencing. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6 September: . doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00778

  • Mason, Annaliese S., Takahira, Junko, Atri, Chhaya, Samans, Birgit, Hayward, Alice, Cowling, Wallace A., Batley, Jacqueline and Nelson, Mattew N. (2015) Microspore culture reveals complex meiotic behaviour in a trigenomic Brassica hybrid. BMC Plant Biology, 15 1-15. doi:10.1186/s12870-015-0555-9

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Avocado (Persea Americana Mill) is a high value horticultural crop for Queensland. Currently, avocado genetic resources are maintained in the form of field repositories at great cost and risk of natural disasters, pest and diseases. Cryopreservation is the long-term storage of live tissues at ultra-low temperatures, and offers a necessary, complimentary method that is safe, cost-effective and long-term. This project will further develop our cryopreservation protocol for avocado, and translate this to a number of Persea spp cultivars/diverse germplasm. The student will work closely with collaborators in California, USA, and will have opportunity to work in California for a part of their project. The student may also have opportunity to undertake some next-generation molecular work in order to help elucidate Persea evolution and diversity with the goal to inform cryopreservation priorities. This project could be transformational for genetic preservation of avocado and other important tree species.

    Location: Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus, Brisbane. In collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, California, USA.Contact supervisors: A/Prof. Neena Mitter (mailto:n.mitter@uq.edu.au) and Dr Alice Hayward (mailto:a.hayward@uq.edu.au)

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Hayward, Alice (2012). Introduction - Oilseed Brassicas. In David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley, Isobel Parkin and Chittaranjan Kole (Ed.), Genetics, genomics and breeding of Oilseed Brassicas (pp. 1-13) Enfield, United States: Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Mohd Rodzi, A., Hayward, A., Hiti Bandaralage, J., O'Brien, C., Gleeson, M. and Mitter, N. (2015). Factors affecting avocado shoot health in culture. In: Actas VIII congreso mundial de la palta. VIII World Avocado Congress, Lima, Peru, (99-104). 13- 18 September 2015.

  • Hiti Bandaralage, J., Hayward, A., O'Brien, C. and Mitter, N. (2015). Gibberellin and cytokinin in synergy for a rapid nodal multiplication system of avocado. In: Actas VIII congreso mundial de la palta. VIII World Avocado Congress, Lima, Peru, (95-98). 13- 18 September 2015.

  • Hayward, A. C. (2003). Finding partners of the GmNARK Protein Kinase. In: The Inaugural Retreat for the ARC Centre of Excellence For Integrative Legume Research. The Inaugural Retreat for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Inh, Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island, (33). 27th February to 2nd March, 2003.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

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.

  • Avocado (Persea Americana Mill) is a high value horticultural crop for Queensland. Currently, avocado genetic resources are maintained in the form of field repositories at great cost and risk of natural disasters, pest and diseases. Cryopreservation is the long-term storage of live tissues at ultra-low temperatures, and offers a necessary, complimentary method that is safe, cost-effective and long-term. This project will further develop our cryopreservation protocol for avocado, and translate this to a number of Persea spp cultivars/diverse germplasm. The student will work closely with collaborators in California, USA, and will have opportunity to work in California for a part of their project. The student may also have opportunity to undertake some next-generation molecular work in order to help elucidate Persea evolution and diversity with the goal to inform cryopreservation priorities. This project could be transformational for genetic preservation of avocado and other important tree species.

    Location: Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus, Brisbane. In collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, California, USA.Contact supervisors: A/Prof. Neena Mitter (mailto:n.mitter@uq.edu.au) and Dr Alice Hayward (mailto:a.hayward@uq.edu.au)