Biological Advisory Board

About our Biological Advisory Board

Neutrog’s Biological Advisory Board has been developed to provide Neutrog’s R&D Management team with access to a vast array of world-wide experience in biological research, soils and plants and in product development. It has been designed so that the individual Biological Advisory Board Members not only pass on their experience but are also provided the opportunity of challenging and shaping the thinking of Neutrog’s R&D Team.

Once established, the four-five Member Board will only rarely meet as a collective — rather, each of its individual Members will meet with Neutrog’s R&D Management Team on a quarterly basis.

Professor Paul Manning D.Sc. PhD. FASM FRMS

Paul completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) from Flinders University in 1973, followed by a Ph.D from the University of Adelaide in 1977. He was subsequently awarded a D.Sc. (Doctor of Science of the University.

Between 1977 and 1998 Paul worked at the University of Adelaide, including a Fellowship from the Max-Planck Society and sabbaticals in Germany sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Throughout this time, his research focussed on infectious diseases including cholera which led to him becoming one of the foremost experts in the world. It was in this specific field, whilst at the University of Adelaide, that Paul mentored Dr Uwe Stroeher, Neutrog’s R&D Manager.

In 1998 Paul moved to the US where he commenced a role as the Director of Microbiology & Molecular Biology at Astra Research Center Boston, and following the merger with Zeneca in 2000, Paul assumed the role of Head of Molecular Sciences in Boston at the newly formed AstraZeneca. Paul remained with AstraZeneca in this role until 2007.

On returning to Australia, Paul consulted in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries before completing a teaching degree.

Paul has spoken throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and been published 195 times and has over 3,900 citations. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS) and the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM) and a Member of The Society of General Microbiology (UK) and the American Society for Microbiology (USA).

Associate Professor Renato Morona PhD.

Associate Professor Renato Morona has over 40 years of research experience (PhD (Adel) 1982) in the study of bacteria.

His work has principally been on bacterial pathogens and their virulence factors, including cell surface proteins and polysaccharides. He has used bacterial genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and protein analysis to discover new genes and their functions in key biological processes used by bacteria to cause disease.

A research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biology (Germany), Renato then returned to the University of Adelaide in 1985 were he initially conducted vaccine research with Enterovax Ltd. He then worked as a research fellow, became an independent researcher, and obtained an academic appointment in 2003. Renato was engaged in research and teaching at the University of Adelaide until his retirement in 2021, where he currently has an Honorary appointment.

During that time with the University of Adelaide, Renato held a variety of appointments (Head of the Discipline of Microbiology and Immunology, Associate Dean Research (Faculty of Science), Head of the University of Adelaide Institutional Biosafety Committee, Member of NHMRC grant review panels, Expert Witness on several patent cases). He has graduated over twenty PhD students and was course co-ordinator for Infection and Immunity A (level III undergraduate) and Honours in Molecular and Cellular Biology.  His research was funded by multiple NHMRC grants (including two Program Grants) and ARC grants (over $20M in career funding) and he has published 140 primary research articles and reviews.

Renato’s recent work has focussed on proteins and mechanisms of complex polysaccharide biosynthesis, and he published eight research articles in 2022. Renato is well known in Australia for his contributions to bacteriology, and in 2022 he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology.

Associate Professor Kirsty L. Bayliss PhD.

Kirsty is plant scientist specialising in the management of diseases of agricultural and horticultural crops and postharvest pathogens associated with fresh produce and grain. She has a strong interest in solving industry problems, with a passion for the development of chemical-free methods for improving crop performance and managing postharvest moulds and decays, with the aim of reducing food loss and waste.

Kirsty attended the University of Western Australia and completed a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Hons) in 1996, followed by a Ph.D in Plant Pathology in 2000. After her PhD she was awarded an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellowship to work on blackleg disease in canola. In 2003 she took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Murdoch University to work on diseases in tree plantations. In 2006 she was seconded to the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity as Education and Training Manager for eight years where she was responsible for developing a national postgraduate curriculum in Biosecurity and also recruited more than 40 PhD students with the aim of building biosecurity capacity for Australia. Kirsty is currently Associate Professor at Murdoch University. She leads the Master of Biosecurity and Master of Food Security and also teaches undergraduate units “Paddock to Plate” and “Plant Protection and Biosecurity”.

She concurrently leads three major research projects totalling more than $4.5m, primarily supported by Horticulture Innovation, CRC for Future Food Systems, DFAT, and the Department of Defence and industry partners. Of particular interest is her project on using the microbiome associated with crops to improve their growth, similar to the human gut microbiome being needed for good health. This is an international project that includes collaborators from the International Phytobiomes Alliance. Her growing team comprises three staff and several PhD students working on food crops as diverse as artichokes and Spirulina. She has received international recognition for her innovative research and presented keynote addresses to a wide variety of audiences.

Kirsty has authored more than 40 publications to date. She is a peer reviewer for international journals such as the European Journal of Plant Pathology, and also reviews grants for the Australian Research Council and equivalent international funding agencies.

Kirsty joined the Neutrog Biological Advisory Board in October, 2023.

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