Lab members and alumni

Current members of the Uauy lab include;

Dr Cristobal Uauy - Project Leader

Dr Cristobal Uauy is a Project Leader in wheat genetics and genomics at the John Innes Centre.

His programme focuses on the identification of genes involved in wheat productivity traits, including grain size/yield, and the development of tools and resources to enhance scientific discovery.

Cristobal is using molecular genetic approaches to identify these genes and enhance the pipeline to translate new knowledge at the molecular level into improved wheat varieties for growers, industry and consumers.

Cristobal studied Agronomy in Chile and holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of California, Davis.

Sisay Kidane Alemu

Sisay Kidane Alemu is a visiting postgraduate student in Cristobal Uauy’s lab for part of his PhD research.

His research focuses on identification of yellow rust resistance genes/QTLs besides other important agronomic traits in Ethiopian durum wheat germplasm through Genome Wide Association Study.

Sisay is also looking at the genetic diversity among a larger set of the durum germplasm. He applies molecular techniques and statistical analysis of phenotypic data combined with some bioinformatics tools to identify genes/QTLs and estimate the extent of genetic diversity.

Sisay has received his BSc in plant production and dryland farming from Hawassa University (Ethiopia), MSc in plant science: breeding and genetic resources from Wageningen University (Netherlands) and now doing PhD in Agricultural Biotechnology at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia).

Clemence Marchal

Clemence Marchal is a PhD student working on yellow rust resistance in wheat.

She uses a combination of targeted enrichment sequencing and mutational genomics to clone yellow rust resistance genes and develop gene-specific markers to allow their tracking into breeding programs.

Clemence studied Plant Science at the University of Lorraine in Nancy before joining the John Innes Centre for her PhD, in collaboration with Group Limagrain.

She enjoys horse-riding, running and reading during her free time.

Oluwaseyi Shorinola

Oluwaseyi Shorinola completed his PhD in wheat genetics at the John Innes Centre and currently works as a Post-doctoral researcher in the Uauy lab.

Oluwaseyi‘s PhD work focused on the cloning of a major QTL conferring resistance to pre-harvest sprouting (pre-mature grain germination).

Currently, Oluwaseyi is working on understanding the genetic control of root development in wheat using a combination of high-throughput phenotyping, forward and reverse genetics and mapping-by-sequencing approaches. This is important for designing custom root ideotypes that maximise water and nutrient uptake in crops, especially under resource-limiting conditions

James Simmonds

James Simmonds is a Research Assistant working in the Uauy lab.

James' research focuses on the identification, validation and characterisation of genes influencing yield and yield components, utilising both variation within adapted cultivars and novel alleles through TILLING and exotic germplasm.

Concepts are transferred from the lab to the field using mapping populations and NIL’s for in-depth phenotyping and analysis, with the ultimate goal being the deployment into both UK and global breeding programmes.

James studied Environmental Biology and has 20 years’ experience of field experimentation and molecular techniques in both commercial and academic research.

Jemima Brinton

Jemima Brinton is a Post-Doctoral Researcher working on grain size and yield in wheat.

Specifically, Jemima is using a range of approaches including genetic mapping, physiology, microscopy and transcriptomics to understand the mechanisms that control grain length and grain width in bread wheat.

Jemima completed a Rotation PhD in plant biology at the John Innes Centre, funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, and studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Nikolai Adamski

Nikolai Adamski is a Post-Doctoral Researcher of wheat genetics and genomics at the John Innes Centre.

His work focuses on the identification and characterisation of genes involved in the control of spike yield components like grain weight and spikelet number.

To achieve this he uses the hexaploid Cadenza TILLING population in forward and reverse genetics approaches as well as transcriptomic data to identify key regulatory genes.

Sophie Harrington

Sophie Harrington is a PhD student studying the regulation of monocarpic senescence in wheat.

She is approaching this question from a variety of angles, including forward genetic screens of the TILLING population, protein interactions, and the identification of novel senescence-associated-genes.

Before joining the Uauy lab, Sophie carried out short projects with Dr Diane Saunders, Dr Brande Wulff, and Dr Christine Faulkner as part of the John Innes Centre Rotation PhD programme.

Sophie studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Plant and Microbial Sciences.

Tobin Florio

Tobin provides technical assistance to the germplasm development, glasshouse and field experiments for the Uauy group.

Mapping populations, single seed descent populations, backcrossed Near Isogenic Lines and Recombinant Inbred Lines are developed for trait evaluation in polytunnel and field experiments.

Tobin leads the teams in-field phenotypic data collection and post-harvest assessment of yield component traits, especially grain size, using the MARVIN seed analyser.

Trained as an artist/illustrator, Tobin has recently moved into providing scientific drawings/figures for presentations and manuscripts for the group, but also for the wider wheat community.

Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez

Ricardo is a Computer Scientist with a PhD in Biology from the John Innes Centre and the Earlham institute.

Currently, he is currently working as a Post-Doc on the “Development of Future Wheat” project.

He has been working on the transcriptome of bread wheat, with a particular emphasis to the effects of polyploidisation. He has also developed public resources like PolyMarker and expVIP.

During his PhD, Ricardo produced markers for a resistance gene that are currently used in breeding programmes.

When he is not in front of the computer, you can find Ricardo anywhere in the world, hiking or riding a bike.

Arianna Romero-Flores

Arianna is looking at the genetic diversity among serotypes of Streptococcus suis isolated from pigs in farms in Mexico.

She is doing a genomic analysis of the bacteria to identify the diversity and virulence factors that are associated with Streptococcus suis across the isolated strains.

In Mexico, she also makes the diagnosis of this agent in samples of animals coming from the farms

She received her Bachelor's Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemical Biologist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico), MC from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico), in the graduate program of Production and Animal Health.

Arianna is now pursuing her doctorate in the same program, working in conjunction with the Centre de Recherche en Infectiologie Porcine CRIP, Faculte de Medecine Veterinaire, Universite de Montreal, Canada and here at the John Innes Centre.

Fay Walsh

Fay is a visiting student as part of the John Innes Centre International Undergraduate Summer School.

She is a 3rd year undergraduate studying Plant Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

Fay is working on characterising a gene involved in wheat grain size.

The Cristobal Uauy lab The Uauy lab

Alumni of the Cristobal Uauy lab

Research Fellows

Postdoctoral Researchers

Research Assistants

PhD Students

  • Abdulhamit Battal, Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey (visiting)
  • Alessia Comastri, University of Parma, Italy (visiting)
  • Alice Pieri, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (visiting)
  • Amelia Frizell-Armitage, University of East Anglia, UK (co-supervised)
  • Barbara Balcárková, Palacky University, Czech Republic (visiting)
  • Hana Vanžurová, Palacky University, Czech Republic (visiting)
  • Mitaly Bansal, Punjab Agricultural University, India (co-supervised)
  • Momina Hussain, NIBGE, Pakistan (visiting)
  • Sanu Arora, Punjab Agricultural University, India (visiting)
  • Teresa Mestre, CSIC, Spain (visiting)
  • Valentina Buffagni, University of Parma, Italy (visiting)

MSc Students

Undergraduate Students

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