Dr Bulu Mlalazi
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BiographyDr Mlalazi graduated from the Bachelor of Biotechnology Innovation (Honours) program at QUT, which was designed to equip graduates to understand the science and business aspects of biotechnology by incorporating the areas of biotechnology research, entrepreneurship and commercialisation. These skills were honed practically through the Student BioEnterprise scheme, which was a project-based initiative where the students form small enterprises aimed at inventing and commercialising biotech products with the guidance of both industry and academic mentors.
Dr Mlalazi then undertook his PhD at QUT in the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB). His research focused revolved around characterising genes affecting the regulation of provitamin A carotenoid metabolism in banana. Broadly, the carotenoids produced by these genes are integral to plant development and function, and these compounds are also important in human health as a source of vitamin A.
Dr Mlalazi’s PhD research focused on the isolation and characterisation of the phytoene synthase (psy) genes and their respective promoters in banana, which produces an enzyme that is a known key rate-limiting step. The aim of this work was to obtain fundamental insights applicable to banana biofortification for micronutrient improvement. For this work, Dr Mlalazi was nominated for a QUT University Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for excellence in postgraduate research in 2010.
Dr Mlalazi is currently working as a research scientist at the CTCB as part of an international collaboration focused on banana biofortification as part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health (GCGH) programme, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Research areas include: Biofortification and micronutrient analysis
Research interests include: Bioinformatics, computational biology and data analysis.
Community engagement: TEDxQUTChange (2013)
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Agricultural Biotechnology, Manufacturing Engineering
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philsophy (Queensland University of Technology)
- Bachelor of Biotechnology Innovation (Queensland University of Technology)
- Mlalazi B, Welsch R, Namanya P, Khanna H, Geijskes J, Harrison M, Harding R, Dale J, Bateson M, (2012) Isolation and functional characterisation of banana phytoene synthase genes as potential cisgenes, Planta, 236 (5) p1585