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Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez

PhD Student


Ricardo is currently a Ph.D. candidate between the Earlham Institute and JIC. His project is to design and implement tools to make the data produced by high-throughput sequencing accessible to wheat researchers. His main projects consist on analysing mapping and mutant populations in wheat. He is also working on expVIP, an expression browser capable to display differential expression with a focus on polypoid organisms. He also wrote PolyMarker a pipeline to design primers for species with complex genomes. 

Before starting his Ph.D., Ricardo worked as a bioinformatician the Sequence Informatics team in EI, where he used to set up the quality control and primary analysis pipelines. 

He likes public engagement, as he believes that science shouldn't be isolated in an academic elite and that the general public should be able to judge by themselves the science publicly funded. He believes in open source and his projects are publicly available in github.

When he is not coding, you can find Ricardo cycling around the countryside or travelling around the world. 

Highlighted publications:

RNA-Seq bulked segregant analysis enables the identification of high-resolution genetic markers for breeding in hexaploid wheat

Ramirez-Gonzalez, R. H., Segovia, V., Bird, N., Fenwick, P., Holdgate, S., Berry, S., Jack, P., Caccamo, M. and Uauy, C. (2015), Plant Biotechnol J, 13: 613–624. doi:10.1111/pbi.12281

PolyMarker: A fast polyploid primer design pipeline

Ricardo H. Ramirez-Gonzalez, Cristobal Uauy, and Mario Caccamo, Bioinformatics (2015) 31 (12): 2038-2039. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btv069

expVIP: a customisable RNA-seq data analysis and visualisation platform opens up gene expression analysis

Philippa Borrill, Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez, Cristobal Uauy, Plant Physiology February 11, 2016 pp.01667.2015. doi:10.​1104/​pp.​15.​01667



2015: John Innes Foundation (JIF) Prize for Excellence in Science Communication.  

2014: International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium workshop at Plant and Animal Genomes 2015, San Diego, California.

2013: Best Poster Award, 12th International Whet Genetics Symposium, Yokohama, Japan.