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64 3 479 7868
Research Fellow
Department of Biochemistry
Research summary
Agricultural science, developmental biology, cancer biology, genomics and technology development
Executive Committee Australasian Genomics Technology Association (AGTA)


My main research interest is the development and application of new genetic/genomics based technologies in areas of agricultural biology, developmental biology and medicine. I am best known for adapting genomics technologies for use with minute amounts of starting material to discover key imprinted genes controlling seed development in plants.

I currently use the Illumina MiSeq sequencing platform in the Centre for Translational Cancer Research and am developing new methods for sequence-based diagnostics from single cells and circulating tumor DNA. I am eager to promote and facilitate the use of genomics technology in all areas of biology and currently collaborate with several groups. Also, as way of promoting the field I have convened and/or helped organize several genomics meetings and serve on the executive committee of the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association the principal body for the promotion of genomics research in Australasia.

Additional details

I also helped manage the Otago Genomics Facility during a colleagues maternity leave. During this time we focused on developing standard operating procedures for sample processing and project management. This greatly enhanced my knowledge of genomics and bioinformatics. I have also served on the Project Advisory Committee for New Zealand Genomics Ltd.


Le Lievre, L., Padinjare Chakkatu, S., Varghese, S., Day, R. C., Pilkington, S. M., & Brownfield, L. (2023). RNA-seq analysis of synchronized developing pollen isolated from a single anther. Frontiers in Plant Science, 14, 1121570. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2023.1121570 Journal - Research Article

Jeunen, G.-J., Cane, J. S., Ferreira, S., Strano, F., von Ammon, U., Cross, H., Day, R., … Ellis, K., Urban, L., Pearson, N., Olmedo-Rojas, P., Kardailsky, A., Gemmell, N. J., & Lamare, M. (2023). Assessing the utility of marine filter feeders for environmental DNA (eDNA) biodiversity monitoring. Molecular Ecology Resources. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.13754 Journal - Research Article

Faiz, M., Kalev-Zylinska, M., Kleffmann, T., Day, R., & Ledgerwood, E. C. (2022). Elevated Ca2+ flux plays a vital role in type I calreticulin mutations. In L. Wilson, H. Harcombe, P. Jayakaran, L. Burga, J. Antony, K. Morgaine, M. Garelja, A. Middleton, M. Anwar & T. Milne (Eds.), Proceedings of the 263rd Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) Meeting: PhD Student Speaker Awards. Dunedin, New Zealand: OMSRS. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hannah, S. J., Chen, A., Day, R. C., & Black, M. A. (2022). Improvising read accuracy for ctDNA diagnostics. Proceedings of the Genetics Otago (GO) Annual Symposium. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Faiz, M., Kalev-Zylinska, M., Kleffmann, T., Day, R., & Ledgerwood, E. C. (2022, September). Elevated calcium flux plays a vital role in dual-guide CRISPR/Cas9 generated type I calreticulin mutant cells. Verbal presentation at the Postgraduate & Early Career Researchers Committee (PERC) & Division of Health Sciences Early & Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Joint Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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