Hans Vasquez-Gross


PhD Student


B.S. Genetics with emphasis in Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology 2010,
University of California at Davis​

PhD. Integrative Genetics and Genomics  -- 2014 - Present,
University of California at Davis​

Hans Vasquez-Gross


My research interests are in the areas of bioinformaticscomparative genomics,  and plant-pathogen interactions. 

Currently, my main project in the Dubcovsky lab is to develop functional genomics tools for wheat. With the project lead, Ksenia Krasileva, I am creating a 1000 mutant wheat TILLING reverse genetics database. On the bioinformatic side, I am developing a pipeline for processing exome capture data and identification of mutations in each line. On the computer science side, I am developing the web infrastructure to host, query, and visualize the data in this database.  The database will be publicly available to scientists and wheat breeders to identify and request lines with induced alleles of interest.

In the future, I will be starting a PhD project with Dubcovsky's Lab where I will be employing compartive genomics & population genetics techniques to explore underlying genetic differences between stripe rusts that infect wheat. 


Vasquez-Gross H.A., Yu J.J., Figueroa B., Gessler D.G., Neale D.B., Wegrzyn J.L. (2013) CartograTree: connecting tree genomes, phenotypes, and environment. Molecular Ecology Resources. 13:528-537. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12067. Full Text.

Wegrzyn, J.L., Liechty, J.D., Stevens, K.A., Wu, L.S., Loopstra, C.A., Vasquez-Gross, H.A., Dougherty, W.M., Lin, B.Y., Zieve, J.J., Martinez-Garcia, P.J., Holt, C., Yandell, M., Zimin, A.V., Yorke, J.A., Crepeau, M.W., Puiu, D., Salzberg, S.L., Dejong, P.J., Mockaitis, K., Main, D., Langley, C.H., and Neale, D.B. (2014). Unique features of the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) megagenome revealed through sequence annotation. Genetics 196, 891-909. Full Text.

Neale, D.B., Wegrzyn, J.L., Stevens, K.A., Zimin, A.V., Puiu, D., Crepeau, M.W., Cardeno, C., Koriabine, M., Holtz-Morris, A.E., Liechty, J.D., Martinez-Garcia, P.J., Vasquez-Gross, H.A., Lin, B.Y., Zieve, J.J., Dougherty, W.M., Fuentes-Soriano, S., Wu, L.S., Gilbert, D., Marcais, G., Roberts, M., Holt, C., Yandell, M., Davis, J.M., Smith, K.E., Dean, J.F., Lorenz, W.W., Whetten, R.W., Sederoff, R., Wheeler, N., McGuire, P.E., Main, D., Loopstra, C.A., Mockaitis, K., Dejong, P.J., Yorke, J.A., Salzberg, S.L., and Langley, C.H. (2014). Decoding the massive genome of loblolly pine using haploid DNA and novel assembly strategies. Genome Biol 15, R59. Full Text.

Henry, I.M., Nagalakshmi, U., Lieberman, M.C., Ngo, K.J., Krasileva, K.V., Vasquez-Gross, H., Akhunova, A., Akhunov, E., Dubcovsky, J., Tai, T.H., and Comai, L. (2014). Efficient genome-wide detection and cataloging of EMS-induced mutations using exome capture and Next-Generation Sequencing. Plant Cell 26, 1382-1397. Full Text.

Pearce S., Tabbita F., Cantu C., Buffalo V., Avni R., Vasquez-Gross H., Zhao R., Conley C.J., Distelfeld A. and Dubcovsky J., 2014. Regulation of Zn and Fe transporters by the GPC1 gene during early wheat monocarpic senescence. BMC Plant Biology. 14:368.

Nestor Kippes, Juan M. Debernardi, Hans A. Vasquez-Gross, Bala A. Akpinar, Hikment Budak, Kenji Kato, Shiaoman Chao, Eduard Akhunov, and Jorge Dubcovsky (2015)
Identification of the VERNALIZATION 4 gene reveals the origin of spring growth habit in ancient wheats from South Asia

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