Jorge Dubcovsky

University of California, Davis


Election Year: 2013
Primary Section: 62, Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
Secondary Section: 25, Plant Biology
Membership Type: Member

Biosketch

Dr. Jorge Dubcovsky received his BS and PhD degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his career at UC Davis as a visiting scientist with Dr. Jan Dvorak in 1992 and later joined the professorial ranks in the Department of Plant Sciences. Dr. Dubcovsky now leads the U.C. Davis Wheat Breeding Program and Wheat Molecular Genetics Laboratory. For the last 12 years he has been the project director of successful Nation-wide projects to implement marker assisted selection in public wheat breeding programs. His laboratory has cloned and characterized the four major genes in wheat vernalization pathway, the frost tolerance locus Fr2, the high-grain protein content gene GPC-B1, and resistance genes against stripe and stem rust. He is author of more than 180 publications that had a significant impact on wheat genetics (>8,300 cross-references). He has generated 9 PVP patents for wheat varieties and 4 patents for discovered genes. He also has served as major professor for 7 M.S. and 12 PhD students. He is a Professor at the University of California, Davis, member of the National Academy of Science, fellow of the Crops Science Society of America and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Researcher.

Research Interests

Wheat provides roughly 20% of the calories consumed by the human population and further increases in production and nutritional value are needed to sustain the growing human population. The major goal of Dr. Dubcovsky's research program are to gain a better understanding of the effects of allelic variants of wheat genes that are relevant to agriculture and to develop the tools required for an efficient manipulation of these genes in wheat improvement. The molecular markers, wheat genetic maps, wheat BAC libraries, transcriptome sequences and reverse genetic tools generated in Prof. Dubcovsky's laboratory have empowered wheat researchers world-wide to map useful traits and to deploy favorable alleles into commercial varieties. Dubcovsky's investigations of wheat genetics have enabled him to boost wheat's nutritional value by increasing protein and resistant starch content, increase wheat resistance to diseases, and optimize the growing cycle of wheat for changing environments

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