Wubishet Bekele, Ph.D.

Current research and/or projects

  • Genomics-assisted breeding research and development
  • Breeding oriented genomic resources and databases
  • Functional genomics and pre-breeding research
  • Pan-genomics in cultivated oat and genome evolution in the genus Avena



Research and/or project statements

  • Industry-led breeding, genomics and agronomy research to improve oat yield. The Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) co-funded this project that aims at applying genomic tools in Ottawa and Brandon RDC oat breeding programs.

  • Targeted and Useful Genomics for Barley and Oat (TUGBOAT) is a management-driven project that aims at developing genomics tools and applying genomic selection in barley and oat breeding programs at Ottawa and Brandon RDCs.

Education and awards

B.Sc. Plant Sciences, Debub University, Hawassa, Ethiopia

M.Sc. Agro-biotechnology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genomics, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

International experience and/or work

  • Research Scientist (Postdoctoral), Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

  • Research Scientist (Doctoral student), Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

  • Internship at Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

  • Assistant Researcher, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO), Ethiopia

Key publications

  1. Panel Discussion #2: Innovation & Collaboration in the CFCRA Oat Project. Weikai Yan, Wubi Bekele, & Nick Tinker. CFCRA Virtual Research Summit - Innovating for the Future. Feb 2-3, 2021.

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Genomics-assisted breeding of oat. Nicholas Tinker, Wubishet Bekele, Weikai Yan
    Asuka Itaya, Charlene Wight. Federal Government Plant Breeding Report on June 2020 Virtual Sessions

    2020 - View publication details

  3. Yan, H., Bekele, W. A., Wight, C. P., Peng, Y., Langdon, T., Latta, R. G., Fu, Y.-B., Diederichsen, A., Howarth, C. J., Jellen, E. N., Boyle, B., Wei, Y., and Tinker, N. A., 2016: High-density marker profiling confirms ancestral genomes of Avena species and identifies D-genome chromosomes of hexaploid oat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 129, 2133–2149.

    2016 - View publication details

  4. Yan, H., Martin, S.L., Bekele, W.A., Latta, R.G., Diederichsen, A., Peng, Y., Tinker, N.A. (2016). Genome size variation in the genus Avena, 59(3), 209-220. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/gen-2015-0132

    2016 - View publication details

  5. Tinker, N.A., Bekele, W.A., Hattori, J. (2016). Haplotag: Software for haplotype-based genotyping-by-sequencing analysis, 6(4), 857-863. http://dx.doi.org/10.1534/g3.115.024596

    2016 - View publication details

Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6



Other languages

Amharic, German