Professor Robert Henry conducts research on the development of new products from plants. He is Professor of Innovation in Agriculture and Foundation Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), a Research Institute of the University of Queensland established in collaboration with the Queensland Government. He was previously Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, Research Director of the Grain Foods CRC and Research Program Leader in the Queensland Agricultural Biotechnology Centre. His current research targets plant genome sequencing for the capture of novel genetic resources for diversification of food crops to deliver improved food products.
Robert Henry has been involved in establishing several Cooperative Research Centres in Australia and has contributed to the management of research funding by Rural Research and Development Corporations.
He is a graduate of the University of Queensland (B Sc (Hons)), Macquarie University (M Sc (Hons)) and La Trobe University (Ph D). He was awarded a higher doctorate (D Sc) by the University of Queensland for his work on variation in plants, is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a recipient of the Guthrie Medal for his contributions to cereal chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Robert Henry was foundation senior editor of the Plant Biotechnology Journal. He is a highly cited scientist (ISI) in agriculture.
Professor Robert Henry conducts research on the development of new products from plants. He is particularly interested in Australian flora and plants of economic and social importance. His research uses genome sequencing to capture novel genetic resources to improve understanding of the molecular basis of the quality of products produced from plants, and genome analysis to capture novel genetic resources for diversification of food and energy crops. Robert Henry is Professor of Innovation in Agriculture at the University of Queensland.