Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Graham Centre Graduates

Research to increase our knowledge of plant and animal disease, help farmers make better decisions and give insight on consumer behaviour has been recognised at Charles Sturt University (CSU) graduation ceremonies.

Graham Centre Graduates and supervisors TuesdayThe Graham Centre was pleased to celebrate the achievements of six PhD graduates, one Masters student and six Honours students who have completed their research through the Centre.

Acting Graham Centre Director, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said, “Graduation is often the culmination of years of research, dedication and commitment.

The PhDs Master and Honours research demonstrates how the Graham Centre is working to increase the capacity within the grain and red meat industries and to improve the sustainability of these industries and the lives of farmers in Australia and overseas.”

  • Dr Nirodha Weeraratne’s PhD focused on a bacterium responsible for sheath brown rot of rice and her research can be used to develop tools for quarantine and to breed disease resistant wheat and rice. Read more here
  • Dr Kyah Hester’s PhD has uncovered new information on why people without a diagnosed condition choose to avoid gluten in their diets. The study will inform industry and the medical profession. Read more here
  • Dr Lauren Howard’s PhD examined extension support for strategic decision making on mixed farms, recommending better interaction between information providers to help farmers adapt to change. Read more here
  • Mr David Gale was awarded a Master of Philosophy for his research carried out in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to investigate composting of acid sulfate soils to boost crop production and food security in this developing country. Read more here

Graham Centre graduates and supervisors Tuesday

  • Dr Rebecca Heim was  awarded a PhD for research investigating the nutritional and digestibility characteristics of canola meal. Read more here
  • Dr Shumaila Arif’s PhD has improved our knowledge of brucellosis in Pakistan, recommending a new structure of diagnostic testing and strategies to reduce the risks to smallholder farmers. Read more here
  • Dr Shafi Sahibzada’s PhD has improved our understanding of the bacteria Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA), providing important information for the pig industry and public health authorities. Read more here

Congratulations also to our Honours students Matt Champness, Jessica Hardie, Madalyn Hobbs, Tabetha Kempe, Keeley Warren, and Simon Wong


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