Executive Staff

Dean Jerry


Dean is responsible for managerial oversight and coordination of science activities, facilitating communication among participating organisations, and industry partners ensuring project outcomes are translated.

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Kyall Zenger

Deputy Director and Work-package Leader

Kyall has established expertise in genomics, genetic map construction and experience with applied genetic solutions delivered for a diverse portfolio of species and animal production industries.

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Casey Bajema

Systems & Database Officer

Casey maintains a range of biological, environmental, molecular and genetic data within a fully-integrated database. He applies quality assurance procedures to ensure data integrity and accurate information for academic and industry partners.

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Greg Coman

Work-package Leader & CSIRO Senior Research Scientist

Dr Coman has direct experience in the domestication of Penaeus monodon, and the design and deployment of commercial prawn breeding programs with Australian and international aquaculture ventures.

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Dallas Donovan

Industry Partner, CEO Seafarms Group

Dallas has over 20 years experience in aquaculture management and prawn farming. He manages Seafarms' R&D activities including coordination of hatchery and grow-out components, and allocation of staff and resources.

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Andrew Foote

Research Fellow & CSIRO Research Scientist

Andrew runs a range of replicated prawn trials including reproduction, nutrition, ploidy manipulation and viral challenges. He uses techniques for high-throughput, automated processing of prawn tissues using robotics for genotyping.

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Roger Huerlimann

Work-package Leader

Roger works on genome/transcriptome bioinformatic analyses. He is experienced in molecular lab based activities (RNA/DNA extractions, quality control), next-generation sequencing, and de novo assembly of transcriptomes and genomes.

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Sandra Hughes

Research Project Officer

Sandra provides information, operational and administrative support services to the ARC ITRH Executive Team. Sandra assists with special projects and initiatives within the hub, contributes to submissions and requests for data and information.

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Herman Raadsma

Work-package Leader & Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney

Herman has an outstanding track record in livestock animal breeding using advanced quantitative genomic methods. He oversees quantitative genetic analyses and genomic selection, and has input in work-packages 1,3 and 4 to maximise results.

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Kirby Siemering

Industry Partner AGRF

Dr Siemering will coordinate the delivery of relevant elements of the Genomic Sequence work-package and will advise on scientific strategy, experimental design, and coordinate deliverables with bioinformatics and other project team members.

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Nick Wade

Work-package Leader

Dr Wade is the Research Manager, and responsible for facilitating communication and coordination. He provides science direction and leadership in the Phenotypic Acquisition Work-package, and coordinates CSIRO and JCU staff and resources.

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