Dr. Workie Zegeye

Research Assistant

Workie is currently part of Dr. Noam Chayut’s group. He is involved in Durum wheat (tetraploid wheat also known as Pasta wheat) genomics research, particularly relating to the application of SNP-Chip genetic markers to define and improve the ‘genetic integrity’ of some of the legacy wheat collections.

Workie’s project will assess the magnitude of the genetic differences between a century old wheat landrace herbarium samples and their modern utilised progeny. Hence, it will evaluate the validity of the germplasm associated data and will apply genomic tools to restore some of the currently ‘lost data’.