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Leader Spotlight

This section highlights individuals who are leading projects or initiatives within IWGSC.

Jane Rogers

Published: 08/13/2018 11:38 pm

Jane Rogers has worked at the forefront of genomics research for over twenty years, specifically in the management of large scale sequencing projects ranging from the human genome project, in which the UK played a leading role, through to the recent production of the reference sequence of the wheat genome with the IWGSC.

Cristobal Uauy

Published: 01/08/2018 05:11 pm

Cristobal Uauy is a Project Leader in the Department of Crop Genetics at the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom. His research is focused on using genetics and genomics to identify genes involved in wheat productivity traits – such as grain size and shape, pre-harvest sprouting, and resistance to the wheat yellow rust pathogen. With his team, he aims to understand the mechanisms by which these genes function and to translate this knowledge into improved wheat varieties for growers, industry, and consumers.

Martin Mascher

Published: 09/04/2017 05:54 pm

Martin Mascher is Head of the Domestication Genomics research group at the Leibnitz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Germany.

Hélène Bergès

Published: 04/18/2017 07:19 pm

Hélène Bergès is Managing Director of the Plant Genomic Resources Center (CNRGV) – a national infrastructure centre, which is part of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) network.

John Jacobs

Published: 09/27/2016 03:51 pm

John Jacobs is an Expert Scientist in the Genomics group of the Trait Research organization of Bayer Crop Science . Located in Ghent, Belgium, John has been with Bayer and predecessor companies since 1999. During his career at Bayer, John has been involved in the development of genomic tools, hybrid systems, and yield traits for cotton, rice, and oilseeds and, more recently, wheat.

Frédéric Choulet

Published: 05/18/2016 01:38 pm

Fred Choulet is Bioinformatics Group Leader at INRA-University Blaise Pascal joint institute GDEC ( Genetics Diversity and Ecophysiology of Cereals ) in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He leads projects in wheat genome sequencing and he is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between genome structure, expression, and evolution, mainly focusing on transposable element dynamics and gene duplications.

Sebastien Praud

Published: 02/08/2016 08:39 am

Sebastien Praud is a Research Manager at Biogemma , a European plant biotechnology company whose mission is to develop genomic tools and markers and to create new genetic variability to support the breeding programs of its shareholding companies – seed companies and field crop producers.

Sebastien leads the “Genetics and Genomics in Cereals” team. He manages collaborative projects with institutes, universities and competitors, as well as in-house applied projects to deliver knowledge and tools that can be used by Biogemma shareholding companies in their genetic improvement programs.

Hana Šimková

Published: 10/12/2015 11:23 am

Hana Šimková, senior scientist at the Institute of Experimental Botany (IEB) and lecturer at Palacký University (both located in Olomouc in the Czech Republic), is well known for pioneering the development of novel methods of chromosomal genomics in plants, from the preparation of sequencing-ready chromosomal DNA, or high-molecular-weight DNA, to the construction of BAC libraries.

Hikmet Budak

Published: 06/23/2015 03:36 pm

Hikmet Budak is a Professor in the Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering Program at Sabanci University, Turkey, where he leads the Plant Genetics and Genomics team. He also serves as an adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. His major research foci include biotic and abiotic stress responses in cereals, and the components of stress tolerance mechanisms, including post-transcriptional regulators, such as microRNAs.

Curtis Pozniak

Published: 03/09/2015 05:29 pm

Curtis Pozniak is a professor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), a wheat breeder, and a geneticist with the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre. His work has attracted over $40 million in funding from various sources and, in addition to supervising graduate students, he has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific manuscripts.