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Associate Professor Paul Dijkwel PhD, MSc

Associate Professor

School of Fundamental Sciences

Director - Academic Centre

School of Fundamental Sciences



  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Utrecht (1996)
  • Master of Science - University of Amsterdam (1991)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 13
Team Member 0 1

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 11
Co-supervisor 0 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Trevorne Douglas - Doctor of Philosophy
    Molecular basis of plant resistance to Dothideomycete species
  • Yanni Dong - Doctor of Philosophy
    Pachycladon species evolved traits to adapt to New Zealand habitats

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Xi Xu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Regulation of postharvest inflorescence senescence in Arabidopsis thaliana
  • 2020 - Asad Razzaq - Doctor of Philosophy
    Bioinformatic detection of genetic changes in the fungal endophyte Epichloë festucae AR37 during adaptation to a new perennial ryegrass host
  • 2019 - Nikolai Kondratev - Doctor of Philosophy
    Identification of mechanisms defining resistance and susceptibility of Camellia plants to necrotrophic petal blight disease
  • 2018 - Ramadoss Dhanushkodi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Drought stress responses of the Medicago truncatula - Ensifer meliloti symbiosis on nodule senescence and nitrogen fixation
  • 2018 - Aakansha Kanojia - Doctor of Philosophy
    Stress-adapation and ageing is controlled by senescence-inducing age related changes in Arabidopsis thaliana
  • 2017 - Muhammad Faisal - Doctor of Philosophy
    Functional Characterisation of Constitutive Expresser of Pathogenesis-Related Genes 5
  • 2016 - Daniel Rexin - Doctor of Philosophy
    A molecular genetic analysis of the requirement of TOR kinase signalling for plant growth
  • 2015 - Matthew Denton-Giles - Doctor of Philosophy
    Characterization of incompatible and compatible Camellia-Ciborinia camelliae plant-pathogen interactions
  • 2014 - Rubina Jibran - Doctor of Philosophy
    Identification of genetic regulators of longevity in dark-held detached Arabidopsis inflorescences
  • 2013 - Jibran Tahir - Doctor of Philosophy
    Roles of a major O-acetylserine (thiol) lyase (OASTL) in cysteine biosynthesis, innate immunity and disease resistance in Arabidopsis
  • 2012 - Alvina Lai - Doctor of Philosophy
    Coordinated transcriptional regulation between a reactive oxygen species-responsive gene network and the circadian clock in Arabidopsis thaliana

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Rixta Sievers - Doctor of Philosophy
    Low fluence UV-B as a positive regulator of photosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana
  • 2016 - Daniel Berry - Doctor of Philosophy
    Characterisation of novel secondary metabolism genes in plant-endophytic Epichloe fungi
  • 2013 - Afsana Islam - Doctor of Philosophy
    Deciphering Kunitz Proteinase Inhibitors in White Clover (Triflolium repens L.): A transcriptional study

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