Associate Professor Lee Hickey is a plant breeder and crop geneticist within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at The University of Queensland, Australia. To accelerate development of more productive and robust crop varieties, his research program collaborates closely with industry to develop new tools and innovative breeding strategies that combine leading-edge technologies such as speed breeding, genome editing and genomic selection. His research outcomes have featured in 60 refereed publications, including articles in high profile journals Nature Plants, Nature Protocols and Nature Biotechnology. He is a prolific science communicator and his research outcomes have appeared in mainstream media such as BBC World News, National Geographic, and the New York Times. He is passionate about training the next generation of plant breeders and currently mentors 11 PhD students, while 9 of his previous graduates now work for leading plant breeding companies and high profile research institutes around the globe.
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