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John Damien Platten

John Damien Platten

Senior Scientist I and Head of Breeding Innovations


Damien leads the Breeding Innovations cluster, which aims to evaluate and develop new technologies and opportunities ready for their implementation in the mainstream breeding pipelines.  Damien personally leads the design of superior marker systems based on comparative genomics datasets, and the deployment of new genes into elite material.


  • IRRI 2009 - present
  • CSIRO Plant Industry 2004 - 2009


  • PhD in Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • BSc (Hons 1st)