Gordon Wellman

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellow




Research Interests

Biotech, Botany and Automation – Building better plants for a changing planet. By studying the molecular mechanisms of plant abiotic stress tolerance and the genetic diversity of underutilized crops, we can adapt out crops and agricultural systems to keep pace with a changing climate and increasing demands of a growing human population. Currently working on Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), a nutritious, facultative salt-tolerant crop species from South America, to adapt it to conditions in the Middle East and globally. 

Selected Publications

  • Sophie Otterbach†, Gordon Wellman†(† joint first)  & Sandra M. Schmöckel (in press, 2020). ‘Saponins of Quinoa: Structure, Function and Opportunities’, in Kole, C. (Ed), The Quinoa Genome - Compendium of Plant Genomes. Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, pp. TBD
  • Gordon Wellman, et al. (in preparation, 2020). Salt-Tolerance Loci revealed in Chenopodium Quinoa using high-throughput on-invasive phenotyping


  • 2011 to 2016 | PhD – Sciences. School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, University of Adelaide: Adelaide, SA, AU
  • 2009 to 2010 | Graduate Diploma - Computer Science (School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide: Adelaide, SA, AU
  • 2008 | Honours - Plant Biology (School of Agriculture, Food and Wine) University of Adelaide: Adelaide, SA, AU 

Professional Profile


KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Mark Tester's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Plant Abiotic stress tolerance Transcriptomic Genome sequencing Salinity Biotechnology