Dr Brittany Hazard
I am a joint Research Fellow at the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre. The ultimate goal of my research is to improve cereal grain quality for human health. The nature of this research is interdisciplinary and involves building strong connections between the field of plant breeding and genetics with food and health.
Starch composition and structure in wheat play major roles in digestibility and glucose homeostasis in humans. A key aim of my research is to develop wheat genotypes with novel starch compositions and structural properties expected to improve human health. The materials will be used to make food products for human dietary intervention studies and experiments in other model systems.
My research background is in plant genetics and trait development in durum wheat, particularly focused on improving resistant starch content in the grain.
Registration of Durum Wheat Germplasm Lines with Combined Mutations in SBEIIa and SBEIIb Genes Conferring Increased Amylose and Resistant Starch.
Journal of plant registrations 8 p334-338
Publisher’s version: 10.3198/jpr2014.02.0007crg
Registration of common wheat germplasm with mutations in SBEII genes conferring increased grain amylose and resistant starch content
Journal of Plant Registrations 10 p200-205
Publisher’s version: doi:10.3198/jpr2015.10.0066crg
Mutations in Durum Wheat SBEII Genes affect Grain Yield Components, Quality, and Fermentation Responses in Rats
Hazard, B., X. Zhang, M. Naemeh, M. K. Hamilton, B. Rust, H. E. Raybould, J. W. Newman, R. Martin, and J. Dubcovsky. Crop Science 55:1–13 (2015).
Registration of durum wheat germplasm lines with combined mutations in SBEIIa and SBEIIb genes conferring increased amylose and resistant starch
Hazard, B., X. Zhang, M. Naemeh, and J. Dubcovsky. Journal of Plant Registrations 8:334–338 (2014).
Induced mutations in the starch branching enzyme II (SBEII) genes increase amylose and resistant starch content in durum wheat.
Hazard, B., X. Zhang, P. Colasuonno, C. Uauy, D.M. Beckles, and J. Dubcovsky. Crop Sci. 52:1754–1766 (2012).
2005 – 2009
B.Sc. in Genetics, University of California Davis, USA
2010 – 2015
Ph.D. in Genetics, University of California Davis, USA
2015 – present
Research Fellow, Institute of Food Research and John Innes Centre