Education & mentoring

Fruit flies and their natural enemies are excellent models for the education of postgraduate research students (predominantly PhDs) and postdoctoral fellows. Our laboratory is an international one, with current and previous lab members coming from Libya, Iran, Germany, India, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China, as well as Australia.  Information on each student and research fellow’s project can be found by clicking on an individual on the ‘Members‘ page.

Graduates and former fellows of the lab are now significantly adding to national and international capacity in fruit fly management and broader plant health.  Domestically, former members of the lab occupy senior positions in plant health in state departments of agriculture, in CSIRO, and occupy regulatory positions within our national plant protection office.  Internationally, students have returned home to become lead researchers and administrators.

As part of our commitment to industry relevant education, QUT is a core member of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation.  This consortium, involving three universities (Macquarie University [lead], QUT, University of Western Sydney) and numerous industry partners, is educating PhD students and research fellows in advanced pest management methodologies.  With closest alignment to QUT in this scheme, and sharing co-supervision  of students, are CSIRO and the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Funding opportunities to study in the lab

For limited opportunities, find out more about scholarships, postdoctoral and sabbatical opportunities.