Dr Rhonda Foley: investigating plant response to diseases
Dr Rhonda Foley is studying plant defence regulation to understand how crops can be more effective against pathogens.
9 December 2010 | Updated 19 March 2012
Dr Rhonda Foley is a senior research scientist in the Plant Biotechnology Group in Perth, Western Australia.
Dr Foley’s research activities use the model plant, Arabidopsis, to analyse plant responses to stress. She is also interested in lupins and is studying their immune system and seed storage genes.
She has also given a number of public talks to describe the science behind genetically modified organisms.
She has given a number of public talks to describe the science behind genetically modified organisms.
After completing her doctorate, Dr Foley took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, working on phytoremediation and plant defence genes.
This was followed by her position as an adjunct assistant professor where she set up and taught an upper division molecular biology laboratory course while continuing her research on phytoremediation.
In 1999 she moved to CSIRO in Perth as a research scientist, where she currently works part time.
Dr Foley holds the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales.
Doctor of Philosophy in molecular immunology from the University of Sydney, New South Wales.
See a list of scientific papers published by Dr Foley on the next page.