Raman Dhariwal, M.Sc. (Ag.), M.Phil., Ph.D.

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Research Biologist

Trait discovery and breeding of spring wheat and triticale at the interface of modern molecular biology, genetics, genomics, statistical analyses and bioinformatics.

Current research and/or projects

Development of breeder friendly gene markers for selection

QTL/gene mapping for resistance to cereal diseases and agronomic traits 

Development of high yielding CPS wheat cultivars for western Canada 

Research and/or project statements

To support spring wheat and triticale breeding research program

Identification and characterization of disease resistance in spring wheat and triticale

Professional activities / interests

My current research interest lies in the identification and molecular characterization of genes/QTL that make wheat plants more resilient against different biotic stresses. In particular, I am focusing on unscrambling the genetic and molecular basis of resistance and other mechanisms against various devastating diseases (i.e. Fusarium head blight, loose smut, common bunt and cereal rusts) and insect (i.e. Sawfly) important to Canadian wheat.

Education and awards


Ph.D. Genetics and Plant Breeding, Ch. Charan Singh University, 2012


Honors & Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Alberta

Jul 2016


NSERC Visiting Fellowship

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Jul 2013


Best oral presentation award

Punjab Agricultural University

International conference

Nov 2012


NSF Research Fellowship

National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

May 2011


DBT Senior Research Fellowship

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India

Dec 2009


Research Student Representative of the Year 2009

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

Jan 2009


Highest Ranking Student of M.Phil.-2008 batch

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

Jul 2008


DBT Junior Research Fellowship

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India

Dec 2007


Highest Ranking Student of M.Sc.-2007 batch

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

Jul 2007

International experience and/or work

Punjab Agricultural University, India


BREAD (Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development): an alternating dwarfing gene system to improve abiotic stress tolerance in cereals.

May 2011 – Jun 2013


Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India


Analysis of host-pathogen interaction in leaf rust infection of wheat: a tanscriptomic approach

Dec 2007 – May 2011


Development of PCR based molecular markers in jute crop

Dec 2007 – Mar 2011


Molecular characterization of drought tolerance signaling (two-component system)

Dec 2007 – Mar 2011


Marker aided selection (MAS) for leaf rust resistance and pre-harvest sprouting in bread wheat.

Dec 2007 – Dec 2009


A study of sodium azide induced chromosomal aberrations in rice (Oryza sativa)

Jul 2005 – Jul 2007


Key publications

  1. Wayne Xu, Andriy Bilichak, Raman Dhariwal, Maria A. Henriquez, Harpinder Randhawa
    doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.10.11.463729

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Dhariwal, R., Henriquez, M.A., Hiebert, C., McCartney, C.A., Randhawa, H.S. (2020). Mapping of major fusarium head blight resistance from canadian wheat cv. Aac tenacious. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, [online] 21(12), 1-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms21124497

    2020 - View publication details

  3. Brown, P., Zhou, Y., Tan, A.C., El-Esawi, M.A., Liehr, T., Blanck, O., Gladue, D.P., Almeida, G.M.F., Cernava, T., Sorzano, C.O., Yeung, A.W.K., Engel, M.S., Chandrasekaran, A.R., Muth, T., Staege, M.S., Daulatabad, S.V., Widera, D., Zhang, J., Meule, A., Honjo, K., Pourret, O., Yin, C.C., Zhang, Z., Cascella, M., Flegel, W.A., Goodyear, C.S., van Raaij, M.J., Bukowy-Bieryllo, Z., Campana, L.G., Kurniawan, N.A., Lalaouna, D., Hüttner, F.J., Ammerman, B.A., Ehret, F., Cobine, P.A., Tan, E.C., Han, H., Xia, W., McCrum, C., Dings, R.P.M., Marinello, F., Nilsson, H., Nixon, B., Voskarides, K., Yang, L., Costa, V.D., Bengtsson-Palme, J., Bradshaw, W., Grimm, D.G., Kumar, N., Martis, E., Prieto, D., Sabnis, S.C., Amer, S.E.D.R., Liew, A.W.C., Perco, P., Rahimi, F., Riva, G., Zhang, C., Devkota, H.P., Ogami, K., Basharat, Z., Fierz, W., Siebers, R., Tan, K.H., Boehme, K.A., Brenneisen, P., Brown, J.A.L., Dalrymple, B.P., Harvey, D.J., Ng, G., Werten, S., Bleackley, M., Dai, Z., Dhariwal, R., Gelfer, Y., Hartmann, M.D., Miotla, P., Tamaian, R., Govender, P., Gurney-Champion, O.J., Kauppila, J.H., Zhang, X., Echeverría, N., Subhash, S., Sallmon, H., Tofani, M., Bae, T., Bosch, O., Cuív, P.O., Danchin, A., Diouf, B., Eerola, T., Evangelou, E., Filipp, F., Klump, H., Kurgan, L., Smith, S.S., Terrier, O., Tuttle, N. (2019). Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search. Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, [online] 2019 1-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/database/baz085

    2019 - View publication details

  4. Brar, G.S., Dhariwal, R., Randhawa, H.S. (2018). Resistance evaluation of differentials and commercial wheat cultivars to stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis) infection in hot spot regions of Canada. European Journal of Plant Pathology, [online] 152(2), 493-502. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10658-018-1446-3

    2018 - View publication details

  5. Dhariwal, R., Fedak, G., Dion, Y., Pozniak, C., Laroche, A., Eudes, F., Randhawa, H.S. (2018). High density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) mapping and quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis in a biparental spring triticale population localized major and minor effect fusarium head blight resistance and associated traits QTL. Genes, [online] 9(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/genes9010019

    2018 - View publication details