Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre

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Meet the Team

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ian2
Professor of Cereal Genomics, Director of Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre
ian.king@nottingham.ac.uk

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My main research interest is focused on transferring genetic variation for agronomically and scientifically important traits from wild and distantly related species into wheat, and to distribute the germplasm generated world-wide for exploitation in breeding programmes and in scientific research.

Julie
Professor of Wheat Genetics, Scientific Director of Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre
julie.king@nottingham.ac.uk

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My main research interest is focused on transferring genetic variation for agronomically and scientifically important traits from wild and distantly related species into wheat, and to distribute the germplasm generated world-wide for exploitation in breeding programmes and in scientific research. 

Surbhi
Assistant Professor
surbhi.grewal@nottingham.ac.uk

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I am working on the molecular genotyping tools at the Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre. I am currently working on developing target-specific KASP assays and creating panels of homozygous introgression lines from various wild relative species that can be used in trait analysis studies. My research interests include genomics, genetics and cytogenetics. 

Stella2
Assistant Professor 
stella.edwards@nottingham.ac.uk

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I lead the phenotyping aspects of our work at the BBSRC Nottingham Wheat Research Centre. I am currently working on trait analysis of the germplasm we produce and on producing introgressions from the wild relative species Aegilops umbellulata. My research interests also include photosynthesis and photoprotection. I lecture on the third year module D224P5 - Plants and the Light Environment and the first year Plant science module on photosynthesis.

Caiyun2
Technical Specialist
c.yang@nottingham.ac.uk

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I am a senior technical specialist in cytogenetic techniques which include GISH and FISH. My interests include anther and pollen development.

Duncan
Designing Future Wheat Research Technician
duncan.scholefield@nottingham.ac.uk

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I am a research technician at the Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre growing plants in glasshouses and controlled environment rooms. I also work in the laboratory where we genotype and test samples.

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Stephen Ashling
Designing Future Wheat Research Technician
stephen.ashling@nottingham.ac.uk

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I am a research technician at Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre, my main jobs include genotyping and GISH work in the lab, database analysis and general care and maintenance of the plants and the glasshouses. I have a big interest in genetics and genotyping, being colour blind I have always been fascinated with how genes can influence traits and get passed on through generations.

Manel
Dr. Manel Othmeni
International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) Research Fellow
manel.othmeni1@nottingham.ac.uk

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I am International Wheat Yield Partnership research fellow at the Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre. I recently completed my PhD in plant breeding and genetics. My PhD project focused mainly on winding the genetic diversity of durum wheat through D-genome introgression strategies and also durum wheat improvement to Septoria tritici blotch disease resistance. During my previous work experiences and my PhD research project I gained skills in the field of plant breeding, plant pathology, phenotyping for disease resistance as well as plant cytogenetics and genotyping. Currently, I am working on the phenotyping of the wheat/wild relative’s introgression lines for floret morphology and their potential use for hybrid wheat improvement. 

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Jack Walker
International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) Research Technician
jack.walker1@nottingham.ac.uk

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I am a research technician currently working on the International Wheat Yield Partnership project "Isolation of genetic variation for flowering morphology for hybrid wheat production". I am a recent graduate in Marine Biology from Portsmouth University and my research interests include food security.

Aleyda
Crop Trust Research Fellow
Aleyda.Sierra-Gonzalez@nottingham.ac.uk

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I am a crop science research fellow working on the detection and characterisation of alien introgression in durum wheat lines using molecular markers (KASP) cytogenetics (GISH) and phenotypic data. This project is funded through the Crop Trust foundation and is in collaboration with CIMMYT (Mexico), ICARDA (Morocco) and IIWBR (India).
sevgi
Sevgi Herek MSc

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I am a PhD student in plant breeding and genetics at the Division of Plant and Crop Sciences. My studies are supported by a scholarship from the Turkish Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. I am working on enhancing wheat genetic variability through the introgression of Thinopyrum elongatum into wheat. My project is based on the development and the characterisation of the introgression lines via KASPTM markers and their confirmation using genomic in situ hybridization (GISH).

Veronica
Veronica Guwela

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I am a first year PhD student working on genetic biofortification of wheat with Zinc. My study will explore wider genetic diversity among wheat and wild relatives to breed new high-zinc wheat lines suited for sub-Saharan African environments specifically Ethiopia and Malawi.

 

Nottingham BBSRC Wheat Research Centre

Department of Plant and Crop Science
The University of Nottingham
School of Biosciences
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leics, LE12 5RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 6014

Email: sb-notts-WRC@nottingham.ac.uk