Dr Karishma Mody

Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
k.mody@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62318

Overview

Karishma is an agricultural biotechnologist specialising in applications of nanotechnology to improve animal health. Her 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.

As an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow at QAAFI she is leading the research on developing next generation nanopesticides with improved safety and performance. She is exploiting nanotechnology along with molecular tools to develop innovative sustainable solutions for real-world problems like sheep blowfly/lice and fire-ants.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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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.

  • The project: Insect parasites cause significant damage to livestock and are primarily responsible for significant economic losses. Conventional pesticides have issues of resistance and toxicity, and there is increasing market requirement and price premiums for low-chemical and welfare-friendly production systems. We aim to explore our RNAi delivery platform to protect animals from insect parasites that cause damage. This project will result in real-world outcomes, by translating and expanding our current biotechnologies to an industry-ready tool for animal protection.

    The student: will learn valuable techniques and strong skills in experimental design, molecular biology (cloning, PCR, qRTPCR, sequencing, RNA/DNA extractions), bioinformatics, material science and the application of RNAi in animal protection. The student will work closely with Dr Karishma Mody and other members of the Mitter laboratory at UQ.

    Location: UQ Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus.

    Supervisors: Dr Karishma Mody (k.mody@uq.edu.au) & Prof Neena Mitter (n.mitter@uq.edu.au)

    Note: We work on a range of different insect targets like fire-ants and sheep/cattle parasites with industry partners. If this projects interest you, please send me an email. We can discuss further details.

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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)

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.

  • 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.

  • The project: Insect parasites cause significant damage to livestock and are primarily responsible for significant economic losses. Conventional pesticides have issues of resistance and toxicity, and there is increasing market requirement and price premiums for low-chemical and welfare-friendly production systems. We aim to explore our RNAi delivery platform to protect animals from insect parasites that cause damage. This project will result in real-world outcomes, by translating and expanding our current biotechnologies to an industry-ready tool for animal protection.

    The student: will learn valuable techniques and strong skills in experimental design, molecular biology (cloning, PCR, qRTPCR, sequencing, RNA/DNA extractions), bioinformatics, material science and the application of RNAi in animal protection. The student will work closely with Dr Karishma Mody and other members of the Mitter laboratory at UQ.

    Location: UQ Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus.

    Supervisors: Dr Karishma Mody (k.mody@uq.edu.au) & Prof Neena Mitter (n.mitter@uq.edu.au)

    Note: We work on a range of different insect targets like fire-ants and sheep/cattle parasites with industry partners. If this projects interest you, please send me an email. We can discuss further details.