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chelsea kerr profile

PhD candidate, Plant biotechnology

Physiological, biochemical and molecular tools for understanding SBD expression in kiwifruit

Botany Department, University of Otago
Supervised by Associate Professor David J. Burritt


Completed BAppSc majoring in Molecular Biotechnology with a minor in Botany in 2016 at the University of Otago and a MSc in Plant Biotechnology in 2019 in the Botany Department.

I am passionate about sustainable food production and the harmful and helpful ways in which the diet can influence human health. I am keen to be involved in outreach programmes particularly aimed at Māori communities, this has been influenced by my experience at the Science Wānanga in Hastings in 2017.

chelsea kerr kiwifruit

Project Outline

The kiwifruit industry in New Zealand is very valuable to our economy. My project centres around postharvest storage and ripening of kiwifruit at low temperatures. The aim is to understand the physiological processes that occur to the fruit during long term storage at low temperatures.


  • Zespri
  • University of Otago PhD scholarship
  • Pukehou Poutu Scholarship – 2020
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