Dr Cristobal Uauy

Project Leader
Crop Genetics

Our lab seeks to identify genes underlying wheat QTL with significant agronomic impact, understand the mechanism by which they function and using this knowledge, facilitate their effective deployment into modern breeding varieties.

We are currently using molecular genetics approaches to:

  • identify the genes responsible for key yield and quality traits in UK wheat germplasm,
  • understand the interaction between wheat and the yellow rust fungal pathogen
  • develop genetic resources to enable effective translational research from model systems to crop species,
  • enhance the pipeline to translate this new knowledge into improved wheat varieties for growers, industry and consumers.


Tel: 01603 450195

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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


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