Dr Xiaoxiao Zhang is one of four early-career researchers have been awarded a prestigious top-up grant that recognises and supports excellence in science research.
The J G Russell Award provides an additional $7000 to projects funded through the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award. It is aimed at helping talented younger researchers as a token of the community’s regard for them. It recognises the costs involved in experimental research, and can be used towards the costs of equipment, maintenance and travel.
The award is made possible by the generosity of the late Miss J Russell.
Citation: Dr Zhang investigates disease resistance in cereal crops. Her aim is to reduce waste in global food production and address the environmental impact of toxic pesticide use. She will use the award to fund attendance at a conference of synthetic biologists, and to provide additional lab materials for gene editing and protein structure determination.