Robert Coe – C4 Rice Project
Rob is a scientist working jointly between the C4 Rice Center at IRRI and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis. At IRRI, he is leader of the C4 Rice Center Phenomics Group, part of a multinational research team working towards improving the efficiency of photosynthesis in order to increase the yield of rice. The group was established as part of The C4 Rice Project in response to the need for the development of high-throughput phenomics tools to assist with gene discovery. It now undertakes independent research, developing and utilizing a range of traditional and next-generation tools to probe plant function and performance under controlled and natural conditions. The group’s research interests include:
Rob first joined IRRI in 2010, working as part of the C4 Rice Project. His research focused on gene discovery and creation of a C4 biochemical prototype in rice. During this time, he developed an interest in phenomics as a tool to increase the efficiency of phenotyping for gene discovery, which led to his joining the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre in Canberra, Australia as a visiting scientist from 2013-2014
Rob holds a BSc (Hons) in Plant Science from the University of Sheffield and PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Sheffield and University of Manchester.