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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.

Contact

Tel: 01603 450195
cristobal.uauy@jic.ac.uk

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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

Brinton J., Simmonds J., Minter F., Leverington-Waite M., Snape J., Uauy C. (2017)

Increased pericarp cell length underlies a major quantitative trait locus for grain weight in hexaploid wheat.

New Phytologist online ponline

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.14624

Clavijo B. J., Venturini L., Schudoma C., Accinelli G. G., Kaithakottil G., Wright J., Borrill P., Kettleborough G., Heavens D., Chapman H., Lipscombe J., Barker T., Lu F. H., McKenzie N., Raats D., Ramirez R. H., Coince A., Peel N., Percival-Alwyn L., Duncan O., Trösch J., Yu G., Bolser D. M., Namaati G., Kerhornou A., Spannagl M., Gundlach H., Haberer G., Davey R. P., Fosker C., Palma F. D., Phillips A. L., Millar A. H., Kersey P. J., Uauy C., Krasileva K. V., Swarbreck D., Bevan M. W., Clark M. D. (2017)

An improved assembly and annotation of the allohexaploid wheat genome identifies complete families of agronomic genes and provides genomic evidence for chromosomal translocations.

Genome Research 27 p885-896

Publisher’s version: 10.1101/gr.217117.116

Arora S., Singh N., Kaur S., Bains N., Uauy C., Poland J., Chhuneja P. (2017)

Genome-Wide Association Study of Grain Architecture in Wild Wheat Aegilops tauschii

Frontiers in Plant Science - p-

Publisher’s version: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00886

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

Genomic innovation for crop improvement.

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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

Awards

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)

Media

For media enquiries, contact the JIC communications team 01603 450962, jic.communications@jic.ac.uk

Media experience: print media and radio interviews (recorded preferred)

Increasing farmers' yields

 

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