Ryan S. Austin, PhD

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Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor

Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics

Research and/or project statements

1. Genetic and epigenetic transcriptional regulation of abiotic stress genes in plants.

2. Mapping of genetic traits in crops with next-generation sequencing.

Education and awards

Ph.D in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Toronto, 2009

BSc. in Honours Biology, University of Guelph, 1997

Key publications

For a complete list of publications, please visit: AAFC Online

  • Saatian, B., Austin, R.S., Tian, G., Chen, C., Nguyen, V., Kohalmi, S.E., Geelen, D., Cui, Y. Analysis of a novel mutant allele of GSL8 reveals its key roles in cytokinesis and symplastic trafficking in Arabidopsis (2018) BMC Plant Biology, 18 (1), art. no. 295.
  • Duwadi, K., Austin, R.S., Mainali, H.R., Bett, K., Marsolais, F., Dhaubhadel, S. Slow darkening of pinto bean seed coat is associated with significant metabolite and transcript differences related to proanthocyanidin biosynthesis (2018) BMC Genomics, 19 (1), art. no. 260.
  • Chen, C., Li, C., Wang, Y., Renaud, J., Tian, G., Kambhampati, S., Saatian, B., Nguyen, V., Hannoufa, A., Marsolais, F., Yuan, Z.-C., Yu, K., Austin, R.S., Liu, J., Kohalmi, S.E., Wu, K., Huang, S., Cui, Y. Cytosolic acetyl-CoA promotes histone acetylation predominantly at H3K27 in Arabidopsis (2017) Nature Plants, 3 (10), pp. 814-824.
  • Xiao, J., Jin, R., Yu, X., Shen, M., Wagner, J.D., Pai, A., Song, C., Zhuang, M., Klasfeld, S., He, C., Santos, A.M., Helliwell, C., Pruneda-Paz, J.L., Kay, S.A., Lin, X., Cui, S., Garcia, M.F., Clarenz, O., Goodrich, J., Zhang, X., Austin, R.S., Bonasio, R., Wagner, D. Cis and trans determinants of epigenetic silencing by Polycomb repressive complex 2 in Arabidopsis (2017) Nature Genetics, 49 (10), pp. 1546-1552.
  • Dastmalchi, M., Chapman, P., Yu, J., Austin, R.S., Dhaubhadel, S. Transcriptomic evidence for the control of soybean root isoflavonoid content by regulation of overlapping phenylpropanoid pathways (2017) BMC Genomics, 18 (1), art. no. 70.
  • Hossain, M.S., Shrestha, A., Zhong, S., Miri, M., Austin, R.S., Sato, S., Ross, L., Huebert, T., Tromas, A., Torres-Jerez, I., Tang, Y., Udvardi, M., Murray, J.D., Szczyglowski, K. Lotus japonicus NF-YA1 plays an essential role during nodule differentiation and targets members of the SHI/STY gene family (2016) Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 29 (12), pp. 950-964.
  • Austin, R.S., Hiu, S., Waese, J., Ierullo, M., Pasha, A., Wang, T.T., Fan, J., Foong, C., Breit, R., Desveaux, D., Moses, A., Provart, N.J. New BAR tools for mining expression data and exploring Cis-elements in Arabidopsis thaliana (2016) Plant Journal, 88 (3), pp. 490-504.
  • Gao, R., Austin, R.S., Amyot, L., Hannoufa, A. Comparative transcriptome investigation of global gene expression changes caused by miR156 overexpression in Medicago sativa (2016) BMC Genomics, 17 (1), art. no. 658.
  • Elhiti, M., Wang, H., Austin, R.S., Chen, B., Brown, D., Wang, A. Generation of chemically induced mutations using in vitro propagated shoot tip tissues for genetic improvement of fruit trees (2016) Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 124 (2), pp. 447-452.
  • Na, R., Yu, D., Chapman, B.P., Zhang, Y., Kuflu, K., Austin, R., Qutob, D., Zhao, J., Wang, Y., Gijzen, M. Genome re-sequencing and functional analysis places the Phytophthora sojae avirulence genes Avr1c and Avr1a in a tandem repeat at a single locus (2014) PLoS ONE, 9 (2), art. no. e89738.
  • Austin, R.S., Chatfield, S.P., Desveaux, D., Guttman, D.S. Next-generation mapping of genetic mutations using bulk population sequencing (2014) Methods in Molecular Biology, 1062, pp. 301-315.
  • Zou, X., Shi, C., Austin, R.S., Merico, D., Munholland, S., Marsolais, F., Navabi, A., Crosby, W.L., Pauls, K.P., Yu, K., Cui, Y. Genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism and Insertion-Deletion discovery through next-generation sequencing of reduced representation libraries in common bean (2014) Molecular Breeding, 33 (4), pp. 769-778.
  • Austin, R.S., Wu, D., Zhou, S., Brown, D. The root transcriptome for North American ginseng assembled and profiled across seasonal development (2013) BMC Genomics, 14 (1), art. no. 564.
  • Schreiber, K.J., Austin, R.S., Gong, Y., Zhang, J., Fung, P., Wang, P.W., Guttman, D.S., Desveaux, D. Forward chemical genetic screens in Arabidopsis identify genes that influence sensitivity to the phytotoxic compound sulfamethoxazole (2012) BMC Plant Biology, 12, art. no. 226.
  • Liao, D., Pajak, A., Karcz, S.R., Patrick Chapman, B., Sharpe, A.G., Austin, R.S., Datla, R., Dhaubhadel, S., Marsolais, F. Transcripts of sulphur metabolic genes are co-ordinately regulated in developing seeds of common bean lacking phaseolin and major lectins (2012) Journal of Experimental Botany, 63 (17), pp. 6283-6295.
  • Austin, R.S., Vidaurre, D., Stamatiou, G., Breit, R., Provart, N.J., Bonetta, D., Zhang, J., Fung, P., Gong, Y., Wang, P.W., McCourt, P., Guttman, D.S. Next-generation mapping of Arabidopsis genes (2011) Plant Journal, 67 (4), pp. 715-725.
  • Winter, C., Austin, R., Blanvillain-Baufumé, S., Reback, M., Monniaux, M., Wu, M.-F., Sang, Y., Yamaguchi, A., Yamaguchi, N., Parker, J., Parcy, F., Jensen, S., Li, H., Wagner, D. LEAFY Target Genes Reveal Floral Regulatory Logic, cis Motifs, and a Link to Biotic Stimulus Response (2011) Developmental Cell, 20 (4), pp. 430-443.
  • Morris, P.F., Schlosser, L.R., Onasch, K.D., Wittenschlaeger, T., Austin, R., Provart, N. Multiple horizontal gene transfer events and domain fusions have created novel regulatory and metabolic networks in the oomycete genome (2009) PLoS ONE, 4 (7), art. no. e6133.
  • Austin, R.S., Provart, N.J., Cutler, S.R. C-terminal motif prediction in eukaryotic proteomes using comparative genomics and statistical over-representation across protein families (2007) BMC Genomics, 8, art. no. 191.
  • Toufighi, K., Brady, S.M., Austin, R., Ly, E., Provart, N.J. The botany array resource: e-Northerns, expression angling, and promoter analyses (2005) Plant Journal, 43 (1), pp. 153-163.
  • Austin, R., Provart, N.J., Sacadura, N.T., Nugent, K.G., Babu, M., Saville, B.J. A comparative genomic analysis of ESTs from Ustilago maydis (2004) Functional and Integrative Genomics, 4 (4), pp. 207-218.


Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario

Member - Canadian Society of Plant Biologists

Member - American Society of Plant Biologists