Dr Mohammad Pourkheirandish

Research Fellow, Plant Breeding Institute
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C44 - Plant Breeding Inst - Admin. & Labs A1 Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8864
Fax +61 2 9351 8875

Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Mohammad Pourkheirandish’s background is in cereal genetics, with emphasis on positional cloning of genes controlling natural variation for yield related traits. In 2004-2007, Mohammad had a project on comparative genomics and map-based cloning of six-rowed spike character in barley that structured his PhD dissertation received from the University of Tsukuba, Japan.He received a prize for outstanding graduate students (top 1% of PhD graduate) from the University of Tsukuba. In 2007, Mohammad won a highly competitive peer-reviewed research grant called JSPS that resulted in a publication in CELL. During his research in Japan, he basically focused on the genetic factors of floral development and inflorescence architecture in barley. In 2013-2015, Mohammad also worked on genetics of seed dormancy in barley. Mohammad joined the PBI in 2015 where he established research programs on the evolution of foliar rust resistance in Triticeae.

Research interests

Mohammad is particularly interested in genetics of natural variation, crop evolution, divergence and adaptation. His experience in cereal genetics and genomics comes from participation in seven major projects leading to unraveling the genetic bases and physiological mechanisms underlying barley leaf rust resistance, non-brittle rachis, six-rowed spike, drought resistance, Cleistogamous flowering, seed dormancy and wheat yellow mosaic virus resistance.

Mohammad’s program is focused on the molecular dissection of mechanisms related to disease resistance in barley and oat. Understanding the molecular mechanism of resistance will help us for sustainable control of the ever-evolving disease such as rust.

Teaching and supervision

PUBLICATIONS

For full list of Publications, please refer to attached CV shown at the top of the page

Current research students

Project title Research student
Molecular basis of leaf rust resistance in cultivated barley Hossein JAMALI

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Nakamura, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Morishige, H., Kubo, Y., Nakamura, M., Ichimura, K., Seo, S., Kanamori, H., Wu, J., Ando, T., et al (2016). Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 3 regulates seed dormancy in barley. Current Biology, 26(6), 775-781. [More Information]
  • Liu, C., Suzuki, T., Mishina, K., Habekuss, A., Ziegler, A., Li, C., Sakuma, S., Chen, G., Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2016). Wheat yellow mosaic virus resistance in wheat cultivar Madsen acts in roots but not in leaves. Journal of General Plant Pathology, 82(5), 261-267. [More Information]
  • Nakamura, S., Makiko, C., Stehno, Z., Holubec, V., Morishige, H., Pourkheirandish, M., Kanamori, H., Wu, J., Matsumoto, T., Komatsuda, T. (2015). Diversification of the promoter sequences of wheat Mother of FT and TFL1 on chromosome 3A. Molecular Breeding, 35(8), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Pourkheirandish, M., Hensel, G., Kilian, B., Senthil, N., Chen, G., Sameri, M., Azhaguvel, P., Sakuma, S., Dhanagond, S., Sharma, R., et al (2015). Evolution of the Grain Dispersal System in Barley. Cell, 162(3), 527-539. [More Information]
  • Ui, H., Sameri, M., Pourkheirandish, M., Chang, M., Shimada, H., Stein, N., Komatsuda, T., Handa, H. (2015). High-resolution genetic mapping and physical map construction for the fertility restorer Rfm1 locus in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 128(2), 283-290. [More Information]
  • Wang, N., Ning, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Honda, I., Komatsuda, T. (2013). An alternative mechanism for cleistogamy in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(11), 2753-2762. [More Information]
  • Li, C., Wang, A., Ma, X., Pourkheirandish, M., Sakuma, S., Wang, N., Ning, S., Nevo, E., Nawrath, C., Komatsuda, T., et al (2013). An eceriferum locus, cer-zv, is associated with a defect in cutin responsible for water retention in barley (Hordeum vulgare) leaves. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(3), 637-646. [More Information]
  • Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Hensel, G., Kumlehn, J., Stein, N., Tagiri, A., Yamaji, N., Ma, J., Sassa, H., Koba, T., et al (2013). Divergence of expression pattern contributed to neofunctionalization of duplicated HD-Zip I transcription factor in barley. New Phytologist, 197(3), 939-948. [More Information]
  • Koppolu, R., Anwar, N., Sakuma, S., Lundqvist, U., Pourkheirandish, M., Rutten, T., Seiler, C., Himmelbach, A., Ariyadasa, R., et al (2013). Six-rowed spike4 (Vrs4) controls spikelet determinacy and row-type in barley. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 110(32), 13198-13203. [More Information]
  • Ning, S., Wang, N., Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Wu, J., Matsumoto, T., Koba, T., Komatsuda, T. (2013). Structure, transcription and post-transcriptional regulation of the bread wheat orthologs of the barley cleistogamy gene Cly1. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(5), 1273-1283. [More Information]
  • Ning, S., Wang, N., Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Koba, T., Komatsuda, T. (2013). Variation in the wheat AP2 homoeologs, the genes underlying lodicule development. Breeding Science, 63(3), 255-266. [More Information]
  • Ma, X., Sela, H., Jiao, G., Li, C., Wang, A., Pourkheirandish, M., Weiner, D., Sakuma, S., Krugman, T., et al (2012). Population-genetic analysis of HvABCG31 promoter sequence in wild barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. spontaneum). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Chen, G., Komatsuda, T., Ma, J., Nawrath, C., Pourkheirandish, M., Tagiri, A., Hu, Y., Sameri, M., Li, X., et al (2011). An ATP-binding cassette subfamily G full transporter is essential for the retention of leaf water in both wild barley and rice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 108(30), 12354-12359. [More Information]
  • Sameri, M., Pourkheirandish, M., Chen, G., Tonooka, T., Komatsuda, T. (2011). Detection of photoperiod responsive and non-responsive flowering time QTL in barley. Breeding Science, 61(2), 183-188. [More Information]
  • Nair, S., Wang, N., Turuspekov, Y., Pourkheirandish, M., Sinsuwongwat, S., Chen, G., Sameri, M., Tagiri, A., Honda, I., et al (2010). Cleistogamous flowering in barley arises from the suppression of microRNA-guided HvAP2 mRNA cleavage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 107(1), 490-495. [More Information]
  • Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Matsumoto, T., Koba, T., Komatsuda, T. (2010). Duplication of a well-conserved homeodomain-leucine zipper transcription factor gene in barley generates a copy with more specific functions. Functional and Integrative Genomics, 10(1), 123-133. [More Information]
  • Saisho, D., Pourkheirandish, M., Kanamori, H., Matsumoto, T., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Allelic variation of row type gene Vrs1 in barley and implication of the functional divergence. Breeding Science, 59(5), 621-628. [More Information]
  • Wicker, T., Krattinger, S., Lagudah, E., Komatsuda, T., Pourkheirandish, M., Matsumoto, T., Cloutier, S., Reiser, L., Kanamori, H., et al (2009). Analysis of intraspecies diversity in wheat and barley genomes identifies breakpoints of ancient haplotypes and provides insight into the structure of diploid and hexaploid triticeae gene pools. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 149(1), 258-270. [More Information]
  • Chen, G., Pourkheirandish, M., Sameri, M., Wang, N., Nair, S., Shi, Y., Li, C., Nevo, E., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Genetic targeting of candidate genes for drought sensitive gene eibi1 of wild barley(Hordeum spontaneum). Breeding Science, 59(5), 637-644. [More Information]
  • Shahinnia, F., Sayed-Tabatabaei, B., Sato, K., Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Mapping of QTL for intermedium spike on barley chromosome 4H using EST-based markers. Breeding Science, 59(4), 383-390. [More Information]
  • Chen, G., Komatsuda, T., Pourkheirandish, M., Sameri, M., Sato, K., Krugman, T., Fahima, T., Korol, A., Nevo, E. (2009). Mapping of the eibi1 gene responsible for the drought hypersensitive cuticle in wild barley (Hordeum spontaneum). Breeding Science, 59(1), 21-26. [More Information]
  • Sun, G., Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Molecular evolution and phylogeny of the RPB2 gene in the genus Hordeum. Annals of Botany, 103(6), 975-983. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2010). Evolution of barley vrs1. 10th International Barley Genetics Symposium, 2008, Aleppo, Syria: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

2016

  • Nakamura, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Morishige, H., Kubo, Y., Nakamura, M., Ichimura, K., Seo, S., Kanamori, H., Wu, J., Ando, T., et al (2016). Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 3 regulates seed dormancy in barley. Current Biology, 26(6), 775-781. [More Information]
  • Liu, C., Suzuki, T., Mishina, K., Habekuss, A., Ziegler, A., Li, C., Sakuma, S., Chen, G., Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2016). Wheat yellow mosaic virus resistance in wheat cultivar Madsen acts in roots but not in leaves. Journal of General Plant Pathology, 82(5), 261-267. [More Information]

2015

  • Nakamura, S., Makiko, C., Stehno, Z., Holubec, V., Morishige, H., Pourkheirandish, M., Kanamori, H., Wu, J., Matsumoto, T., Komatsuda, T. (2015). Diversification of the promoter sequences of wheat Mother of FT and TFL1 on chromosome 3A. Molecular Breeding, 35(8), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Pourkheirandish, M., Hensel, G., Kilian, B., Senthil, N., Chen, G., Sameri, M., Azhaguvel, P., Sakuma, S., Dhanagond, S., Sharma, R., et al (2015). Evolution of the Grain Dispersal System in Barley. Cell, 162(3), 527-539. [More Information]
  • Ui, H., Sameri, M., Pourkheirandish, M., Chang, M., Shimada, H., Stein, N., Komatsuda, T., Handa, H. (2015). High-resolution genetic mapping and physical map construction for the fertility restorer Rfm1 locus in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 128(2), 283-290. [More Information]

2013

  • Wang, N., Ning, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Honda, I., Komatsuda, T. (2013). An alternative mechanism for cleistogamy in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(11), 2753-2762. [More Information]
  • Li, C., Wang, A., Ma, X., Pourkheirandish, M., Sakuma, S., Wang, N., Ning, S., Nevo, E., Nawrath, C., Komatsuda, T., et al (2013). An eceriferum locus, cer-zv, is associated with a defect in cutin responsible for water retention in barley (Hordeum vulgare) leaves. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(3), 637-646. [More Information]
  • Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Hensel, G., Kumlehn, J., Stein, N., Tagiri, A., Yamaji, N., Ma, J., Sassa, H., Koba, T., et al (2013). Divergence of expression pattern contributed to neofunctionalization of duplicated HD-Zip I transcription factor in barley. New Phytologist, 197(3), 939-948. [More Information]
  • Koppolu, R., Anwar, N., Sakuma, S., Lundqvist, U., Pourkheirandish, M., Rutten, T., Seiler, C., Himmelbach, A., Ariyadasa, R., et al (2013). Six-rowed spike4 (Vrs4) controls spikelet determinacy and row-type in barley. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 110(32), 13198-13203. [More Information]
  • Ning, S., Wang, N., Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Wu, J., Matsumoto, T., Koba, T., Komatsuda, T. (2013). Structure, transcription and post-transcriptional regulation of the bread wheat orthologs of the barley cleistogamy gene Cly1. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(5), 1273-1283. [More Information]
  • Ning, S., Wang, N., Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Koba, T., Komatsuda, T. (2013). Variation in the wheat AP2 homoeologs, the genes underlying lodicule development. Breeding Science, 63(3), 255-266. [More Information]

2012

  • Ma, X., Sela, H., Jiao, G., Li, C., Wang, A., Pourkheirandish, M., Weiner, D., Sakuma, S., Krugman, T., et al (2012). Population-genetic analysis of HvABCG31 promoter sequence in wild barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. spontaneum). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12(1), 1-11. [More Information]

2011

  • Chen, G., Komatsuda, T., Ma, J., Nawrath, C., Pourkheirandish, M., Tagiri, A., Hu, Y., Sameri, M., Li, X., et al (2011). An ATP-binding cassette subfamily G full transporter is essential for the retention of leaf water in both wild barley and rice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 108(30), 12354-12359. [More Information]
  • Sameri, M., Pourkheirandish, M., Chen, G., Tonooka, T., Komatsuda, T. (2011). Detection of photoperiod responsive and non-responsive flowering time QTL in barley. Breeding Science, 61(2), 183-188. [More Information]

2010

  • Nair, S., Wang, N., Turuspekov, Y., Pourkheirandish, M., Sinsuwongwat, S., Chen, G., Sameri, M., Tagiri, A., Honda, I., et al (2010). Cleistogamous flowering in barley arises from the suppression of microRNA-guided HvAP2 mRNA cleavage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 107(1), 490-495. [More Information]
  • Sakuma, S., Pourkheirandish, M., Matsumoto, T., Koba, T., Komatsuda, T. (2010). Duplication of a well-conserved homeodomain-leucine zipper transcription factor gene in barley generates a copy with more specific functions. Functional and Integrative Genomics, 10(1), 123-133. [More Information]
  • Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2010). Evolution of barley vrs1. 10th International Barley Genetics Symposium, 2008, Aleppo, Syria: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

2009

  • Saisho, D., Pourkheirandish, M., Kanamori, H., Matsumoto, T., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Allelic variation of row type gene Vrs1 in barley and implication of the functional divergence. Breeding Science, 59(5), 621-628. [More Information]
  • Wicker, T., Krattinger, S., Lagudah, E., Komatsuda, T., Pourkheirandish, M., Matsumoto, T., Cloutier, S., Reiser, L., Kanamori, H., et al (2009). Analysis of intraspecies diversity in wheat and barley genomes identifies breakpoints of ancient haplotypes and provides insight into the structure of diploid and hexaploid triticeae gene pools. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 149(1), 258-270. [More Information]
  • Chen, G., Pourkheirandish, M., Sameri, M., Wang, N., Nair, S., Shi, Y., Li, C., Nevo, E., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Genetic targeting of candidate genes for drought sensitive gene eibi1 of wild barley(Hordeum spontaneum). Breeding Science, 59(5), 637-644. [More Information]
  • Shahinnia, F., Sayed-Tabatabaei, B., Sato, K., Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Mapping of QTL for intermedium spike on barley chromosome 4H using EST-based markers. Breeding Science, 59(4), 383-390. [More Information]
  • Chen, G., Komatsuda, T., Pourkheirandish, M., Sameri, M., Sato, K., Krugman, T., Fahima, T., Korol, A., Nevo, E. (2009). Mapping of the eibi1 gene responsible for the drought hypersensitive cuticle in wild barley (Hordeum spontaneum). Breeding Science, 59(1), 21-26. [More Information]
  • Sun, G., Pourkheirandish, M., Komatsuda, T. (2009). Molecular evolution and phylogeny of the RPB2 gene in the genus Hordeum. Annals of Botany, 103(6), 975-983. [More Information]

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