Dr John Oakeshott is researching biotechnology for the benefit of Australians.
Dr John Oakeshott: Ecosystem Sciences Chief Scientist
Dr John Oakeshott is working to create an understanding of the potential benefits of biotechnology for Australian rural and manufacturing sectors.
Dr Oakeshott is Chief Scientist for CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.
His work includes:
Dr Oakeshott joined CSIRO in 1987 specifically to work on:
insect enzyme biochemistry
molecular basis of insecticide resistance
crop protection biotechnology.
Prior to joining CSIRO he worked on enzyme evolution as a research fellow and senior research fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Dr Oakeshott was appointed a Strategy Director in CSIRO Entomology in 2003 after leading the Biotechnology Program since 1988.
Dr Oakeshott holds the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1973
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1978.
His PhD was on biochemical genetics of Drosophila.
Dr Oakeshott has received the following awards:
Sir Roland Fisher Prize in Genetics, 1972
CSIRO One-CSIRO Award (shared), 2004
CSIRO Service from Science Award (shared), 2004
DuPont Innovation Award (shared), 2006.
Dr Oakeshott is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Molecular Evolution, a position he has held since 2004.
He has also been a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Environmental Stress and Adaptation Research since 2000.
He was also a:
member of the Commonwealth Government’s Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee, 1990-2001
Adjunct Reader at the Australian National University, 1992-97
member of the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Research Centre for Biological Control of Vertebrate Pests, 1996-99
Academic Associate in the Department of Science and Agriculture at Charles Sturt University, 1997-2001
member of the Commonwealth Government's Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee, 2001-04.
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