Wheat Functional Genomics
C134 Plant Sciences
My principal research interest is in the application of molecular biology and genomics approaches to understand the genetic basis of important traits in wheat. Current projects include studies of the determinants of yield components, such as spikelet number and grain size, developing strategies to improve the nutritional quality of wheat and investigating abiotic stress resistance, such as frost tolerance. Recent, rapid advances in sequencing and computing technologies have led to the development of tools and resources which can greatly accelerate our ability to dissect the pathways underlying such traits. Through the application of such tools, our long-term research goals are to contribute to the development of higher-yielding wheat varieties with improved quality which will be required to provide food security for a growing world population.