Associate Professor in Sorghum Genomics, The University of Queensland, Australia
Associate Professor Mace obtained her PhD in 1998 from The University of Birmingham, before holding three post-doctoral fellowships (ILRI, ICRISAT, and The University of Queensland) focused on the application of genomics technologies to support plant breeding programs and germplasm collections. She then took up a research scientist position for the Queensland government in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, leading molecular breeding activities in both sorghum and barley. She now holds a joint position with The University of Queensland, and works on a range of plant genomics research projects, spanning 3 themes:
1. Developing innovative genomics resources to support crop improvement
2. Dissecting the genetic and physiological basis of key traits of importance in crop improvement.
3. Improving the capacity of crop improvement programs in the developing world:
Her research outputs are characterised by their reach-through to both fundamental to applied outcomes and through integration with islands of knowledge generated by other disciplines to create synergies in crop research.