Dr Cristobal Uauy

Project Leader
Crop Genetics

We use molecular genetic approaches to identify genes involved in wheat productivity traits and enhance the translation of this knowledge into improved varieties for industry and consumers.

We aim to understand the mechanisms by which these genes function in order to develop the most rational strategies to deploy these genes into commercial varieties.

We are currently working to enhance wheat disease resistance and improve grain quality and yield by identifying genes related to grain size and shape.

Our impact is centred on innovations in two main areas:

  • Development of genomics-enabled technologies to accelerate plant breeding
  • Facilitating access to these technologies to a wide range of users


To achieve this, we have developed new tools and platforms to aid in visualisation and practical implementation of large-scale datasets into breeding practices.


Tel: 01603 450195

New wheat genome sequence assembly is most accurate and complete ever

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Jemima Brinton awarded Monogram Early Career Award

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JIC welcomes third AWARD fellow, Veronica Guwela

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Scientists uncover hidden wheat treasures

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Selected Publications

Krasileva K. V., Vazquez-Gross H. A., Howell T., Bailey P., Paraiso F., Clissold L., Simmonds J., Ramirez Gonzalez R. H., Wang X., Borrill P., Fosker C., Ayling S., Phillips A., Uauy C., Dubcovsky J. (2017)

Uncovering hidden variation in polyploid wheat

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America early edition pearly edition

Publisher’s version: 10.1073/pnas.1619268114

Uauy C., Paraiso F., Colasuonno P., Tran R., Tsai H., Berardi S., Comai L., Dubcosvky J. (2009)

A modified TILLING approach to detect induced mutations in tetraploid and hexaploid wheat

BMC Plant Biology 9 pArt: 115

Fu D., Uauy C., Blechl A., Dubcovsky J. (2007)

RNA interference for wheat functional gene analysis.

Transgenic Research 16 p689-701

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s11248-007-9150-7

Distelfeld A., Uauy C., Fahima T., Dubcovsky J. (2006)

Physical map of the wheat high-grain protein content gene Gpc-B1 and development of a high-throughput molecular marker.

New Phytologist 169 p753-63

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01627.x

Uauy C., Distelfeld A., Fahima T., Blechl A., Dubcovsky J. (2006)

A NAC Gene regulating senescence improves grain protein, zinc, and iron content in wheat.

Science 314 p1298-301

Publisher’s version: 10.1126/science.1133649

Recent Publications

Bevan M. W., Uauy C., Wulff B. B., Zhou J., Krasileva K., Clark M. D. (2017)

Genomic innovation for crop improvement.

Sollars E. S., Harper A. L., Kelly L. J., Sambles C. M., Ramirez-Gonzalez R. H., Swarbreck D., Kaithakottil G., Cooper E. D., Uauy C., Havlickova L., Worswick G., Studholme D. J., Zohren J., Salmon D. L., Clavijo B. J., Li Y., He Z., Fellgett A., McKinney L. V., Nielsen L. R., Douglas G. C., Kjær E. D., Downie J. A., Boshier D., Lee S., Clark J., Grant M., Bancroft I., Caccamo M., Buggs R. J. (2017)

Genome sequence and genetic diversity of European ash trees.

Nature 541 p212-216

Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nature20786

Pasquariello M., Ham J., Burt C., Jahier J., Paillard S., Uauy C., Nicholson P. (2016)

The eyespot resistance genes Pch1 and Pch2 of wheat are not homoeoloci.

Theoretical and applied genetics online p1-17

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s00122-016-2796-x

Getie B., Singh D., Bansal U., Simmonds J., Uauy C., Park R. (2016)

Identification and mapping of resistance to stem rust in the European winter wheat cultivars Spark and Rialto

Molecular Breeding 36 p114

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s11032-016-0537-0

Halliwell J., Borrill P., Gordon A., Kowalczyk R., Pagano M. L., Saccomanno B., Bentley A. R., Uauy C., Cockram J. (2016)

Systematic Investigation of FLOWERING LOCUS T-Like Poaceae Gene Families Identifies the Short-Day Expressed Flowering Pathway Gene, TaFT3 in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.).

Frontiers in plant science 7 p857

Publisher’s version: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00857

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Cristobal Uauy

  • Nikolai Adamski Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Momina Hussain Visiting Worker
  • Peter Scott Support Specialist
  • Tobin Florio Research Assistant
  • James Simmonds Research Assistant
  • Oluwaseyi Shorinola Postgraduate Student
  • Dr Marianna Pasquariello Research Assistant
  • Dr Clare Lewis Research Assistant
  • Amelia Frizell-Armitage Postgraduate Student
  • Jemima Florence Brinton Postgraduate Student
  • Dr Philippa Borrill Research Fellow
  • Elle Lewis-Smedley Lab Attendant


2015 - Personal Promotion BBSRC (Band G)

2014 - Society of Experimental Biology President's Medal Award, 2014

2014 - Honorary Readership, University of East Anglia, UK

2011 - Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award, Bayer Foundation, Leverkusen, Germany

2007 - CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award, Biological and Life Sciences (awarded every two years to the best dissertation from member Universities in USA and Canada)

2007 - Allen G. Marr Prize Distinguished Dissertation Award, Graduate Studies, UC Davis, CA

2007 - John E. Kinsella Memorial Prize, College of Agric. and Env. Sciences, UC Davis, CA

2007 - Shapiro Family Fund for Excellence in Science Award, Dept. of Plant Sci., UC Davis, CA

2007 - Gerald O. Mott Scholarship for Meritorious Graduate Students in Crop Science (UC Davis), CSSA

2001 - Academic Excellence Award, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Highest GPA of graduating class)


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Increasing farmers' yields


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