David Jarvis

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral fellow ​



Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea side, 3231-WS14


David graduated in Biotechnology and has a MSc. in Genetics and Biotechnology from Brigham Young University (U.S.A). He completed his PhD in plant sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology minor) at University of Arizona (U.S.A). He is interested in identifying the causative genes and polymorphisms that underlie variation in root growth upon addition of salt. In collaboration with Brian Forde (Lancaster Univ, UK), David is using a chemical genomics approach to discover genes in Arabidopsis with salt-insensitive root growth.

Research Interests

I am interested in using diverse approaches in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and evolutionary biology to understand how certain plant species have adapted to salinity, and in using breeding and biotechnology to enhance salt tolerance in crop species. I am particularly interested in applying genomic tools for the improvement of understudied crops such as Chenopodium quinoa.

Selected Publications

  • Jarvis DE, Ryu C-H, Beilstein MA, Schumaker KS. Distinct roles for SOS1 in the convergent evolution of salt tolerance in Eutrema salsugineum and Schrenkiella parvula. Molecular Biology and Evolution (submitted)
  • Yang R*, Jarvis DE*, Chen H, Beilstein MA, Grimwood J, Jenkins J, Shu S, Prochnik S, Xin M, Ma C, Schmutz J, Wing RA, Mitchell-Olds T, Schumaker KS, Wang X. The reference genome of the halophytic plant Eutrema salsugineum. Fronteirs in Plant Science 4:46 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00046 (2013)
  • Haudry A, Platts AE, Vello E, Hoen DR, Leclercq M, Williamson RJ, Forczek E, Joly-Lopez Z, Steffen JG, Hazzouri KM, Dewar K, Stinchcombe JR, Schoen DJ, Wang X, Schmutz J, Town CD, Edger PP, Pires JC, Schumaker KS, Jarvis DE, Mandakova T, Lysak MA, van den Bergh E, Schranz ME, Harrison PM, Moses AM, Bureau TE, Wright SI, Blanchette M. An atlas of over 90,000 conserved noncoding sequences provides insight into crucifer regulatory regions. Nature Genetics 45:891-898 (2013)
  • Jarvis DE, Kopp O, Jellen EN, Mallory MA, Bonifacio A, Coleman CE, Stevens MR, Fairbanks DJ, Maughan PJ. Simple sequence repeat marker development and genetic mapping in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.). Journal of Genetics 89:39–51 (2008)
  • Maughan PJ, Bonifacio A, Jellen EN, Stevens MR, Coleman CE, Ricks M, Mason SL, Jarvis DE, Gardunia BW, Fairbanks DJ. A genetic linkage map of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) based on AFLP, RAPD and SSR markers. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 109:1188–1195 (2004)


  • 2013 PhD, Plant Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology minor), University of Arizona
  • 2006 MS, Genetics and Biotechnology, Brigham Young University
  • 2004 BS, Biotechnology, Brigham Young University

Research Interests Keywords

Salinity tolerance Adaptation Genomics Biotechnology