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Robbie Waugh

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Programme Leader
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current positions

  • 2011 - Research Leader (PC2), James Hutton Institute (80%)

  • 2012 - Professor, Div. Plant Sciences, University of Dundee (20%)
  • 2008 - Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow
  • 2013 - Trustee Director of ‘The Genome Analysis Centre’, Norwich
  • 2014 - Adjunct Professor, University of Adelaide
  • 2016 – Adjunct Professor, University of Minneapolis (pending)
  • 2014 – Co-Director, Scottish Food Security Alliance (Crops)
  • 2010 – Board Member, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, Adelaide


Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2015 onwards)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2013 onwards)

Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow (2008 onwards)


  • BSc (hons), Strathclyde University (1981)
  • PhD, University of Dundee (1987)

Current research interests

In late 2015 I was awarded a 5-year ERC advanced grant to extend our work on meiosis and recombination in large genome crop plants. This complements ongoing interests in inflorescence development and architecture and the development and application of genetic (e.g. GWAS) and genomic technologies (e.g. exome sequencing) to explore, largely through collaboration, a range of issues in plant biology (e.g. cell wall biology). Common themes include the impact of natural (e.g. crop wild relatives and landraces) and induced (e.g. mutants, genome editing) diversity, how these can be assessed, generated, captured efficiently and exploited for both discovery science and crop improvement. In future, while maintaining a focus on gene identification we will also conduct more mechanistic studies in order to understand the individual genes and networks of interaction that condition certain biological responses (e.g. inflorescence architecture). Translating research into tangible outcomes remains an important driver and we have had considerable success over an extended period in identifying genes that control a broad range of phenotypic traits. We therefore actively collaborate with the commercial sector, who generally deploy technologies that we have developed, or discoveries we have made, in practical crop improvement programmes.

Scientific posters/conferences

File An update on the GERMINATE project the database and tools 791.72 KB
File The Genotype Visualisation Tool (GVT) 1.07 MB
File The Plant Genomics Database Infrastructure at the Scottish Crop Research Institute 424.92 KB
File Barley SNP Databases and GVT 2.05 MB
File The Visualization and Analysis of Barley SNPs 817.23 KB
File Barley Mutant and SNP Databases at SCRI 993.59 KB
File Germinate 2 A Platform for Storage and Analysis of Experimental Plant Data 4.72 MB
File Bioinformatics Resources at the Scottish Crop Research Institute 1.58 MB
File Germinate 2: Storage Visualization and Analysis of High Volume Genotypic Phenotypic and Pedigree Data 992.31 KB
File Levels of intra-specific AFLP diversity in tuber bearing potato species with different breeding systems and ploidy levels 275.19 KB
File Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery and mapping in barley 4.01 MB
File Allele-Specific Differential Gene Expression in Two Barley Cultivars and Reciprocal F1 Hybrids 2.87 MB
File Genome-wide SNP discovery and linkage analysis in barley based on genes responsive to abiotic stress 4.63 MB
File Barley Nec1 gene is a homologue of the Arabidopsis Hlm1 encoding the cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel 4 4.27 MB
File Association Genetics of UK Elite Barley 877.79 KB
File Steptoe x Morex - the weakest link? 1.11 MB
File Association Genetics of UK Elite Barley (AGOUEB) 348.03 KB
File Two row-Spring barley Association Panel - A resource for fine-mapping saccharification yield and crop biofuel-related traits 1.66 MB
File Genetic dissection of barley morphology and development 6.63 MB
File Transcript-Level Variation in Barley Seedling Leaves Challenged with Puccinia hordei and the Molecular Basis of Partial Resistance to Leaf Rust 1.16 MB
File Manipulating meiosis: crossovers from Arabidopsis to crops 772.81 KB
File Control of Meiotic Recombination in Barley 894.59 KB
File Meiotic Recombination in Barley
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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.