Julia Voelker

 Julia Voelker

PhD Candidate

e: julia.voelker.10@student.scu.edu.au

Education:

B.Sc. in Biotechnology (Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany)

M.Sc. in Biology, specialisation in Plant Science (Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany)

Research interests/background

The aim for my PhD project is to generate a high quality draft genome sequence of Melaleuca alternifolia as a platform for genomics and genetic improvement. Further interests focus on the identification of candidate genes influencing oil composition and content in tea tree, as well as conducting a comparative analysis of terpene synthase genes in tea tree and eucalypts.

Previous studies:

During an internship at the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology in Berlin, I gained experience in protein crystallisation and interaction studies. For my B.Sc. thesis, I analysed proteins of the microalga Chlorella sorokiniana (performing enzymatic protein hydrolysis, protein quantitation methods and different methods of testing protein functionality for industrial applications). During my M.Sc. studies, I gained experience in gene expression studies of Arabidopsis thaliana in relation to interactions with plant growth promoting rhizobia and infections by pathogens, as well as some insights into the bioinformatic examination of different strains of the moss Physcomitrella patens (analysis of restriction site associated DNA sequences to conduct population genomics and phylogenetic characterisations). During my time as research assistant at SCU, I worked on genetic diversity considerations for clonal deployment of tea tree by developing a multiplex PCR method for microsatellite markers and conducting genetic analyses of  Melaleuca alternifolia populations.