B.Sc. UWE and Ph.D. UWS
Nigel graduated from the University of the West of England with a B.Sc. in Applied Biological Sciences in 1984 and a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology from the University of the West of Scotland in 1991. Nigel's postdoctoral studies both at the University of Glasgow, UK and Charles Sturt University, Australia centred on plant genes are regulation by light and metabolites and molecular mechanisms underlying evolved resistance of weeds to the herbicide glyphosate. In 2000 Nigel joined the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at CSU and then the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (2007) and is now within the School of Biomedical Sciences, (2016-). His early research interests focussed on plant /weed biology/genetics and plant breeding. This latter work has resulted in novel and improved lavender germplasm. More recently, Nigel has been exploring poultry transgenesis, (see http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/17/would-you-prefer-to-eat-genetically-modified-eggs-or-see-day-old-chicks-destroyed) and exploiting the antimicrobial properties of essential oils and plant extracts in combination with conventional antibiotics. Nigel also chairs the CSU Biosafety and the Port Macquarie Campus Environmental committee.
Teaching - Nigel has taught a variety of subjects within the disciplines of microbiology, biochemistry, plant and genetics/ breeding and biotechnology. He is currently teaching Medical Microbiology, Clinical Bacteriology, Food Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. His focus is on improving online delivery of subjects. Nigel has been exploring poultry transgenesis and the antimicrobial properties of essential oils and plant extracts in combination with conventional antibiotics.
Shaik RS, Burrows GE, Urwin NAR, Gopurenko D, Lepschi BJ & Weston LA (2017) The biology and management of prickly paddy melon (Cucumis myriocarpus L.), an important summer annual weed in Australia. Crop Protection. 92 :29-40
Shaik RS, Lepschi BJ, Gopurenko D, Urwin NAR, Burrows GE, & Weston LA (2016) An integrative morphological and molecular approach to identification of three Australian invasive weeds: Citrullus colocynthis, Citrullus lanatus and Cucumis myriocarpus. Australian Systematic Botany. 29(5): 247-264
Shaik, R.S., Gopurenko, D., Urwin, N.A.R. Burrows, G.E., Lepschi, B.J.and Weston, L.A. (2015) Population genetics of invasive Citrullus lanatus, Citrullus colocynthis and Cucumis myriocarpus (Cucurbitaceae) in Australia: inferences based on chloroplast and nuclear gene sequencing. Biological Invasions. 17: 2475-2490
Urwin, N.A.R. (2014) Generation and characterisation of colchine-induced polyploid Lavandula x intermedia. Euphytica 197(3): 331-339
Jenkins, D.J., Urwin, N.A.R., Williams, T. M., Mitchell, K.L., Lievaart J. J., Armua-Fernandez, M.T. (2014) Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and wild dogs (dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) and dingo/domestic dog hybrids), as sylvatic hosts for Australian Taenia hydatigena and Taenia ovis. Int. J. Parasitol.: Parasites Wildlife 3: 75–80