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Dr. Sampath Perumal

Technical Lead, Plant Improvement Program

Email: sampath.perumal@gifs.ca

Sampath was born and raised from a small village in Tamilnadu, India, and completed his post-graduate in Biotechnology at Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Tamilnadu.┬áSampath has been a Research Officer with GIFS since November 2020 working in P2IRC Flagship 1 and the “Identification and exploitation of genome structural variants for trait improvement in Prairie crops” ADF project funded by WGRF, SaskWheat, Alberta Wheat Commission and SaskCanola.┬áBefore this, Sampath has had over a decade of research experience in plant genomics and bioinformatics. He competed his PhD from Seoul National University, South Korea through the PhD fellowship (2009 -2014) from the Korean government scholarship program. He then moved to AAFC Saskatoon in their post-doctoral program where he worked with Dr. Isobel Parkin (2016-2020) on various Brassica genomics projects. He was also a successful holder of a MITACS elevate post-doctoral fellowship (2018-2020) and worked in-collaboration with Cargill as an industry partner.

Sampath has a broad knowledge and experience in plant molecular biology, genomics, and genome evolution and his research interest include whole-genome assembly, transposon biology, chloroplast assembly and various molecular breeding techniques such as MARS, MABC, GWAS, GS. He was instrumental in the development of a high-quality and highly contiguous assembly of the black mustard genome (Brassica nigra) using long-read sequencing that was published in August 2020 as part of a collaborative effort by AAFC and GIFS.

In his current role at GIFS, Sampath will co-lead the PIP projects with Dr. Andrew Sharpe which will require regular liaising across GIFS researchers (e.g., post-docs, students and technicians), management and platform leads (e.g., OPAL, DMA, PGF), externally with collaborators and stakeholders (academia, government and industry), and other end-users.