Dr Lee Hickey leads a research team situated within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at UQ, Brisbane, Australia. His lab conducts genetic studies on key foliar diseases that limit production of wheat and barley in Australia, and develops novel breeding tools and methodologies. Over the past nine years, Dr Lee Hickey has played a pivotal role in developing 'Speed Breeding': the rapid generation advance technology for spring wheat, to achieve an impressive six plant generations annually. His programme applies speed breeding in combination with novel high-throughput disease screening protocols to rapidly assemble novel germplasm incorporating multiple disease resistance.
Dr Hickey supervises 13 PhD students and collaborates with scientists around the world, including teams in the UK, Mexico, Germany, USA, Uruguay, Morocco and Russia. His impactful science is generating strong community, government and industry interest, and outcomes from his research have received wide media coverage. He loves to use social media to promote and communicate science to the public.
Check out the Hickey Lab website here
Follow him on Twitter: @DrHikov
Abstracts this author is presenting: