Dr. Tim Sharbel

GIFS Research Chair in Seed Biology

Phone: 1-306-966-3709

Prior to joining GIFS in 2015 as Research Chair in Seed and Develomental Biology, Tim Sharbel worked as a technician in an amphibian genetics laboratory at McGill University from 1987 until 1995 and simultaneously completed his BSc and MSc in evolution and biology.In 1995, Tim moved to the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology (Seewiesen, Germany), where he completed his PhD in Biology, studying the evolution of sex in flatworms from the Italian Alps. In 1999, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (Jena, Germany) to work on apomixis as a post-doc, and in 2005, he began as head of the apomixis research group at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK Gatersleben, Germany).Tim’s research group investigates apomixis (asexual plant reproduction via seeds) in natural populations, using evolutionary theory, population genetics and advanced “omics” methods, with the goal of identifying apomixis factors for agricultural improvement.