Dr Jason Kam PhD

Dr Jason Kam

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Plant Physiology

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I am interested in finding traits that have health benefits toward human consumption, increased resilience of crop against environmental challenges as well as adding value toward existing crops. My previous research experience with cereal crop such as wheat and barley have given me the opportunities to explore the possibilities using modern genetic and genomic tools.
My PhD has introduced me to drought responsive transcription factors through transcription responses. It has added to the knowledge of drought response and possible strategies that plants employ for countering such adverse conditions. My previous post investigating the lignin content as well as saccharification has enlightened me toward the power of genetics in identifying desired traits in the genome.

My current job is to study the collection of Pearl Millet germplasm here in IBERS by identifying genetic regions responsible for desired biochemical composition that may subsequently be beneficial toward consumers.

Additional Information

I am responsible for a TSB funded project aiming to develop health benefitting Traits in Pearl Millet. I am also responsible for the health and safety of the group as well as line managing one technician.


I am interested in using modern genetic tools to assist in crop improvement. This includes the use of genetic marker technologies, biochemistries as well as advanced molecular biology techniques. This involves investigating the correlation between various traits, on a physical or genomic level with genetic markers to identify the region responsible of the desired traits in the genome.



Puranik, S., Kam, J., Sahu, P.P., Yadav, R., Srivastava, R., Ojulong, H., Yadav, R. 2017. Harnessing finger millet to combat calcium deficiency in humans: challenges and prospects. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 pp. 1311. 10.3389/fpls.2017.01311


Chang, H., Chen, D., Kam, J., Richardson, T., Drenth, J., Guo, X., McIntyre, C.L., Chai, S., Rae, A.L., Xue, G. 2016. Abiotic stress upregulated TaZFP34 represses the expression of type-B response regulator and SHY2 genes and enhances root to shoot ratio in wheat. Plant Science 252 pp. 88-102. 10.1016/j.plantsci.2016.07.011 Cadair

Kam, J., Puranik, S., Yadav, R., Manwaring, H.R., Pierre, S., Srivastava, R.K., Yadav, R. 2016. Dietary interventions for type 2 diabetes: How millet comes to help. Frontiers in Plant Science 7 01454 10.3389/fpls.2016.01454 Cadair

Kam, J., Lister, S., Pierre, S., Yadav, R., Yadav, R. 2016. An edge in combating diabetes with pearl millet. 6th Annual GARNet meeting (Genomic Arabidopsis Research Network). Cadair

Ben Romdhane, M., Pierre, S., Kam, J., Ghorbel, A., Zoghlami, N., Yadav, R. 2016. Phylogenetic relationships between Tunisian and Indian pearl millet germplasms based on seed starch fractions variation. 6th Annual GARNet meeting (Genomic Arabidopsis Research Network). Cadair

Pierre, S., Kam, J., Lister, S., Yadav, R. 2016. Development of rapid and high throughput protocols to extract slowly, rapidly digestible and resistant starch from pearl millet grains. 6th Annual GARNet meeting (Genomic Arabidopsis Research Network). Cadair

Kam, J., Hegarty, M., Manwaring, H.R., Yadav, R., Yadav, R. 2016. Developing low GI pearl millet and its potential in combating diabetes. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV. Other Cadair