Researcher biography

Dr Ricky Vinarao has over ten years of research experience in rice genomics, identification of genomic regions associated with key traits (biotic stress resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, and aerobic adaptation traits), and phenotyping of elite and wide-cross derived introgression lines. He recently joined the University of Queensland's (UQ) Shool of Agriculture and Food Sustainability as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to improve cold tolerance and aerobic adaptation of rice grown in aerobic production systems. He holds a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from University of the Philippines Los Baños. Before joining UQ, Ricky worked at the International Rice Research Institute and was involved in projects related with utilisation of wild rice species to improve cultivated varieties, molecular characterisation of introgression lines, and co-authored several journal articles and a patent.