Dr. Tim Sharbel

GIFS Research Chair in Seed Biology

Phone: 1-306-966-3709

Dr. Timothy Sharbel, internationally acclaimed expert in apomixis in plants is helping to build GIFS’ reputation in the area of apomixis. He comes to GIFS most recently from Gatersleben, Germany, where he was a group leader and PI at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK).

Dr. Sharbel’s research on a transition (sexual or asexual seed development) species called Boechera has resulted in the isolation of two genes, APPOLO and UPGRADE, which appear to have a pivotal function in the transition to apomixis. This is now being tested in canola.

GIFS is providing $5 million over five years plus $2 million one time for capital and renovations to support Dr. Sharbel’s work. Matching funds of $5 million is also being sought which will place Dr. Sharbel in a world-leading position with respect to funding for apomixis research.

Dr. Sharbel’s research team will include several key members of his team from Germany who will re-locate to Saskatoon. He also plans to recruit more staff and graduate students locally. By the end of 2016, Dr. Sharbel could be leading a lab of approximately 20 people.