Prof. Pain's research interests lie within high-throughput sequencing and comparative genomics of human and animal pathogens, host-pathogen interactions, non-protein-coding RNAs and regulation of gene expression in apicomplexan parasites, deep sequencing of microbial populations to study natural and experimental genome and phenotypic diversity and translation of the research findings to diagnostics and therapeutics.
Prof. Gehring is interested in discovering how plants perceive and signal environmental stimuli, process this information and mount both short-term and long-term responses at the systems level to ensure optimal growth and development.

Dr. Matthew MacCabe's research is focused on Hydrological cycle, Water resources engineering, Earth system modeling, Evapotranspiration, In-situ measurement, Land-atmosphere interactions and Climate impacts.

Dr. Rachid Ait-Haddou's interests are in Geometric Modeling, Geometric Processing and the Mathematical Modeling of biological systems. His recent work includes the study of Chebyshev blossoms in Muntz spaces, the geometrical and analytical applications of the theory of complex Bezier curves and the investigation of the effect of buffers in intra-cellular calcium signaling.
Prof. Arold’s research interests are focused on integrative structural biology based on hybrid approaches. His work involves inferring structure and function of macromolecular assemblies, to enhance computational methods for functional annotation of genes (system-wide or focused), and to design and engineer molecules with desired properties (switches, genetic/epi-genetic regulators, detectors).
Prof. Vladimir Bajic's primary interest is in the facilitation of biological discoveries through the use of sophisticated bioinformatic systems combined with data modeling methods, with an emphasis on the discovery of bioactive molecules for potential medical applications. To accomplish this, Bajic partly uses technologies he co-developed for identifying co-regulated gene groups implicated in various diseases and cellular responses, along with new modeling technologies for relevant sequence signal recognition.

Middle East

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) since 2012. Before joining ICBA, she was leading the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Dr Elouafi holds a PhD in genetics from Cordoba University, Spain and has over 15 years experience in agricultural research, prior to her appointment to ICBA.
Dr. Masmoudi is currently a senior molecular biologist at the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Dubai- UAE. He conducts research to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to harsh environments such as soil salinity, drought and extreme temperatures. He uses a combination of genetic, genomic and transcriptomic approaches to analyze various levels of gene regulation and to understand stress signalling and stress tolerance.
Dr. Mohammad Shahid is a scientist with more than 18 years of experience in agriculture research. He has an expertise in plant breeding, germplasm collection, seed production and screening of salt tolerant crops. He has worked with many crops including, barley, wheat pearl millet, sorghum, sunflower, safflower and others. Dr. Shahid had worked on breeding of salicornia, a halophyte, using modern molecular markers. He also has done an extensive study of barley and wheat landraces of Arabian Peninsula.


Dr. Alexander Johnson's lab is using biotechnology to generate new cereal varieties that load increased concentrations of Fe into the grain -an approach known as “biofortification.” I also have interests in stress physiology and lead up the Melbourne node of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics.
Dr. Anton van den Hengel's Current research interests include interactive image-based modelling, large-scale video surveillance, and image-based search of multi-million image databases.

Dr. Bettina research is focused on automated non-destructive phenotyping of cereals for forward genetic discovery of genetic basis underlying variation in salinity tolerance traits.

Dr. Chris Brien's main research interest is the design and analysis of experiments, particularly the class of experiments has termed multitiered. He is also interested in the formulation of mixed models for the analysis of designed experiments, including the analysis of longitudinal experiments.

Prof. James is intrested on the physiology of metal uptake and transport in plants and abiotic stress tolerance.

Dr. Justin Borevitz  is intrested on the Genome Wide Association Studies in Arabidopsis and next generation genotyping by sequencing in emerging model organisms.
Dr. Gilliham's research focuses specifically on calcium (Ca2+) storage and signalling in plants, and salt (Na+ and Cl-) tolerance.
Prof. Peter research areas include the development and application of molecular biology to crop improvement.
Dr. Rana Munns is working to understand the genetic and physiological basis of salt tolerance in plants, particularly in wheat.
Dr. Richard James is part of the High Performance Crops for Australia group at CSIRO Plant Industry. He is working to improve the salt tolerance of wheat and barley, and to improve phosphorous use efficiency in wheat.
Dr. Robert Furbank aims to improve crop yield and product quality by researching carbon partitioning and photosynthesis.
Dr. Stuart Roy's research group focuses on creating crop plants that grow better on saline soils. Roy's group  has a number of projects all aimed at obtaining a better understanding of the processes involved in the transportation of Na+ through a plant and the mechanisms involved in activating such pathways.
Dr. Xavier Sirault applies his unique skills as an agricultural engineer and research plant scientist to dissect complex quantitative traits in plants and model their expression and plasticity under dynamic environments.


Prof. Margarida is particularly interested in the study of the molecular mechanisms that regulate plant development and adaptation to the environment, and in the improvement of plants with national interest.
Prof. Bernd's research group are using a wide spectrum of molecular and genomics technologies to unravel key GRNs in plants. The group focus is on TFs that control leaf growth, aging and senescence, the response to H2O2 (an important stress and signalling molecule) and the response to abiotic stress.
Prof. Forde's research group is interested in the molecular processes that underlie patterns of (foraging) behaviour in plant roots. The efficiency with which roots explore the soil is greatly enhanced by their ability to preferentially colonise nutrient-rich soil patches. Using Arabidopsis as a model, we previously identified a MADS-box gene (ANR1) which is a key component of a signalling pathway that enables root growth to respond positively to the external presence of nitrate.
The Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) provides a single strategic plan and unique new partnership platform for impact-oriented rice research for development. It is designed to more effectively solve development challenges.
Prof. Claudia Jonak's research group is interested in the mechanisms of signal transduction and physiological adaptations in unfavorable environments. Her group takes an integrative approach to better understand fundamental molecular processes at the interface between signal transduction and coordinated responses of cellular metabolism and gene expression in stress situations.
Dr. Guiderdoni's research activities focus on the model cereal: rice. Our main goal is manipulating somatic and meiotic recombination for homologous recombination-mediated precise genome engineering and editing and increasing or modifying the distribution of crossing overs. Our second goal is deciphering the genetic and molecular control of root system architecture and anatomy for enhancing resource capture while avoiding mineral toxicities.
Prof. Enrico Martinoia research activities focus on the: ABC transporters in guard cell regulation, heavy metal transport, regulation of auxin transport catalysts, the role of ABC transporters in mycorrhization, vacuolar transporters and the role of carbon metabolism in drought stress tolerance.

Prof. Gary Loake research interests are the mechanisms and processes of plant disease resistance. The group's goal is to make fundamental discoveries about plants and their interactions with microbial pathogens.

Recently Dr. Joanne Russell's research group has begun to explore diversity in barley at the gene level by exploiting genomics and informatics technologies via EU and Generation Challenge Program funding, collaborating with European and North American groups and colleagues at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
Dr. Klaus Pillen's research group has a strong focus on identification and utilization of genes regulating quantitative traits (QTLs) in barley and wheat. For this reason, we study the genetic diversity present in wild barley and wild wheat species by means of advanced backcross (AB) QTL analyses. So far, we have identified numerous QTLs for the trait complexes yield, pathogen resistance, abiotic stress tolerance and grain quality. Quite often, the exotic QTL allele is associated with the improvement of the trait under.
Dr. Nils Stein is co-group leader of the research group Genome Diversity at IPK. He is managing the activities in the field of barley genomics. His field of expertise is in structural Triticeae genomics, map-based cloning and central genomics resources development (EST sequencing, high density transcript mapping, and development of a TILLING population). 
Prof. Waugh research focuses on developing and applying the resources necessary to enable genetic analysis to single gene resolution in cultivated barley.

Dr. Salma Balazadeh and her group investigate transcription factors (TFs) which together with their downstream target genes constitute gene regulatory networks (GRNs) that control a vast spectrum of biological processes and often include intricate feedback and feed-forward control loops that link their activity to developmental and physiological processes. Identifying GRNs and analysing their dynamic integration into cellular activities is thus of great interest in biology.

North America

Prof. Michael Purugganan's research group is intrested on the evolutionary forces that act in plant developmental networks at the species level, and in mapping and isolating genes that underlie natural variation in that are responsible for plant adaptation. They are also interested in exploring the “ecological transciptome” – the dynamic gene networks found in plants in ecological environments.

Dr. El-Basyoni is working on implementing and optimizing genomic selection for the UNL Wheat Breeding Program.  His research focuses on comparing genotyping platforms for genomic prediction and optimal resource allocation for genomic selection in plant breeding. 

Prof. Sean Cutler's research group is focused on two interrelated research interests– the use of chemical genetics to identify new factors that regulate Arabidopsis cell expansion and the analysis and exploitation of natural variation using small molecules.

Prof. Wolf's research group goal is to carry out a comparative analysis of carbon and nitrogen transport and metabolism and its regulation using a fluxomics approach. FRET sensors are used to measure the effect of individual genes (in high throughput) on flux.