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Edward Kalani Gilding

Postdoctoral Research Officer, The University of Queensland

Ed works in the space of plant genetics and -omics to uncover how genes evolve new functions and confer in plants. His previous work included developmental biology of trichome (hair) cells and improving the digestibility of the drought-tolerant grain, sorghum.

Before completing his PhD, Ed was active in plant taxonomy and collections, with experience finding species, of the genus Hoya, new to science in several countries. He was (and still is) interested in plant diversity and breeding of ornamental plants.


  • –present
    Research Officer, University of Queensland


  • 2009 
    The University of Minnesota, PhD
  • 2003 
    The University of Hawai'i at Hilo, BSc

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Greener chemistry by synthetic biology: the biology and chemistry of cyclotides
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2008
    The regulation of floral organ shape in orchid
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation