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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group

Gene Expression


Research Overview

My current research focuses on using analysing data generated next generation sequencing and long read sequencing technologies to understand the role of epigenetics in disease resistance in tomatoes.


Previous positions

2021- 2023  '21/22 Freiburg Rising Star Residence Fellow, University of Freiburg – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

2022  Bioinformatician, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.



2017 – 2021  PhD, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Thesis title: The role of RNA modifications in Arabidopsis thaliana growth and development.

2014 – 2017  BSc, Majoring in Genetics and Biochemistry. The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.


Key publications

Ng, P.Q. et al. 2023. Divergent metabolomic signatures of TGFΒ2 and TNFΑ in the induction of retinal epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Metabolites, 13 (2), p. 213.

Dixon, L.E. … Ng, P.Q. al. 2022. MicroRNA-resistant alleles of homeobox domain-2 modify inflorescence branching and increase grain protein content of wheat. Science Advances, 8 (19).

Ng, P.Q. et al. 2019. Arabidopsis TRM5 encodes a nuclear-localised bifunctional trna guanine and Inosine-N1-methyltransferase that is important for growth. PLOS ONE, 14(11).


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Awards and fellowships

2023  BBSRC Impact Acceleration Award, UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Cambridge Judge Business School EnterpriseTech Training Programme.

2022  Study Adelaide International Alumni Rising Star Award, Study Adelaide and State Government of South Australia.

2022  Freiburg Rising Star Academy Residence Fellowship, University of Freiburg, Research in Germany Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

2021  IUBMB Millipore Sigma Virtual Fellowship, International Union of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry to present PhD research work titled "RNA modification 5-methylcytosine regulates small RNA biogenesis" at the 16th FAOBMB International Congress, Christchurch, New Zealand.



Malaysian Research Insider Feature, "Hearings Whispers: Deciphering RNA modifications in plants" -

Study Adelaide International Alumni Rising Star Award Feature -

Freiburg Rising Star International Teams Feature -

TedxTalk: Are your plants talking to you?

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pei Qin (Sabrina) Ng

Contact Details

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Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
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