Gaofeng Zhou
Research Officer
Gaofeng Zhou

My role in the department

I work on the Barley Genetics project with DPIRD and Murdoch University as part of Western Barley Genetics Alliance. This project focusses on aspects of barley genetics, agronomy and quality. Our research is looking at increasing malting extract, head loss and straw strength, and tolerance to stresses such as waterlogging, acid soils and salinity. I have a strong focus on molecular genetics with my work concentrating on barley genomics studies, including genetic map construction, marker development, variety identification and seed purity testing.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 93607590
+61 (0)421 374 914

My background

I have eight years research experience in genetics, genomics and abiotic stress research in both wheat and barley. I have worked in DPIRD, CSIRO and the University of Tasmania.


  • Inceasing malting extract in barley
  • Head loss and straw strength in barley
  • Acid soil tolerance in barley

Key Expertise

Barley genetics, genomics, transgenic, GMO, acid soil, salinity, waterlogging, malting, head loss, straw strength, transgentic wheat, transgenic barley


  • PhD in Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania