Dr Lin Huang


Dr Lin Huang

Senior Lecturer

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Lin graduated from mathematics and computer sciences at Swansea University and has had over 10 years of research in engineering computation, simulation and modelling, and high performance computing experience prior to joining IGER/IBERS. She has been a member of the Biomathematics Team since joining the Institute and has been a key member of several bioinformatics projects in temperate forage grasses (Lolium) and Miscanthus funded by the BBSRC, Defra and EU.

From 2006, Lin has also been involved in the collecting and curating of the Miscanthus germplasm collection in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and in the negotiating of CBD and ABS agreements with partners and government departments in those countries.

Since 2009, she has organised three successful international conferences with delegates came from the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Lin collaborates closely with the research community and industry both in the UK and globally.


My current research areas focus on:

  • Biomathematics including the application of novel computational approaches for crop performance modelling
  • Bioinformatics for plant breeding
  • Miscanthus genetic resources

Other research activities include the implementation and negotiation of United Nation's 1992 'Convention on Biological Diversity' (CBD) and 2010 'Nagoya Protocol' i.e. Access and Benefit Sharing' (ABS) agreements to ensure the ethical use and equitable sharing benefit of genetic resources.

Current Projects Involved


Clifton-Brown, J, Hastings, A, Mos, M, McCalmont, J, Ashman, C, Awty-Carroll, D, Cerazy, J, Chiang, Y-C, Cosentino, S, Cracroft-Eley, W, Scurlock, J, Donnison, I, Glover, C, Golab, I, Greef, J, Gwyn, J, Harding, G, Hayes, C, Helios, W, Hsu, TW, Huang, L, Jezownski, S, Kim, D-S, Kiesel, A, Kotecki, A, Krzyzak, J, Lewandowski, I, Lim, SH, Liu, J, Loosely, M, Meyer, H, Murphy-Bokern, D, Nelson, W, Pogrzeba, M, Robinson, G, Robson, P, Rogers, C, Scalici, G, Schuele, H, Shafiei, R, Shevchuk, O, Schwarz, K-U, Squance, M, Swaller, T, Thornton, J, Truckses, T, Botnari, V, Vizir, I, Wagner, M, Warren, R, Webster, R, Yamada, T, Youell, S, Xi, Q, Zong, J & Flavell, R 2017, 'Progress in upscaling Miscanthus biomass production for the European bio-economy with seed-based hybrids' GCB Bioenergy, vol 9, no. 1, pp. 6-17. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12357
Cheng, Y, Zhou, K, Humphreys, MW, Harper, JA, Zhang, X, Yan, H & Huang, L 2016, 'Phylogenetic Relationships in the Festuca-Lolium Complex (Loliinae; Poaceae): New Insights from Chloroplast Sequences' Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol 4, 89. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00089
Clifton-Brown, JC, Purdy, SJ, Hayes, CM, Ashman, CR, Jones, LE, Farrar, K, Huang, LS-F, Gallagher, JA, Glover, CM, Hinton Jones, ME, Jensen, EF, Loosley, RM, Maddison, AL, McCalmont, JP, Nunn, C, Robson, PR, Slavov, GT, Warren, RD, Webster, RJ, Youell, SJ, Donnison, IS, Davey, CL, Jones, CM, Barraclough, T, Castle, M, Cunniff, J, Cracroft-Eley, W, Greef, JM, Hastings, A, Harding, G, Lewandowski, I, Meyer, H, Mos, M, Nelson, W, Richter, G, Rodgers, C, Schwarze, K-U, Squance, M, Swaller, T, Shield, I, Xi, Q, Karp, A & Flavell, R 2014, 'Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breeding' International Bioenergy Conference 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2014 - 2014, .
Slavov, G, Robson, P, Jensen, E, Hodgson, E, Farrar, K, Allison, G, Hawkins, S, Thomas-Jones, S, Ma, X-F, Huang, L, Swaller, T, Flavell, R, Clifton-Brown, J & Donnison, I 2013, 'Contrasting geographic patterns of genetic variation for molecular markers vs. phenotypic traits in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensis' GCB Bioenergy, vol 5, no. 5, pp. 562-571. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12025
Clifton-Brown, JC, Robson, PR, Davey, CL, Farrar, K, Hayes, CM, Huang, LS-F, Jensen, EF, Jones, LE, Hinton Jones, ME, Maddison, AL, Meyer, H, Norris, JA, Purdy, SJ, Rodgers, C, Schwarz, K-U, Salvatore, C, Slavov, GT, Valentine, J, Webster, RJ, Youell, SJ & Donnison, IS 2013, Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergy. in MC Saha, HS Bhandari & JH Bouton (eds), Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9781118609477.ch5
Swain, S, Thomas, A, Kudrna, D, Huang, L, Byrne, S, Asp, T, King, I, King, J & Armstead, I 2012, 'The Development of a BAC-fingerprint FPC map for Lolium perenne ' Plant and Animal Genome XX Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 2012 - 2012, .
Kim, D-S, Huang, LS, Flavell, R, Renvoize, SA, Greef, JM, Hsu, TW, Hastings, A, Clifton-Brown, JC, Chiang, Y-C & Ibaragi, Y 2011, Developing Miscanthus for Bioenergy. in NG Halford & A Karp (eds), Energy Crops. Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 301-321.
Armstead, I, King, J, Huang, L, Ougham, H, Kudrna, D & King, I 2011, 'Developing a physical map of the Lolium perenne genome based on High-Information Content BAC Fingerprinting and BAC-end sequencing' 1st Festulolium Working Group Workship, Eucarpia and Fodder Crops and Amenity Section, Poznan, Poland, 2010 - 2010, pp. 32.
Jensen, E, Squance, M, Hastings, A, Thomas-Jones, S, Farrar, K, Huang, L, King, R, Clifton-Brown, J & Donnison, I 2011, 'Understanding the value of hydrothermal time on flowering in Miscanthus species' Aspects of Applied Biology, vol 112, pp. 181-189.
Armstead, IP, Huang, LS, Ravagnani, A, Robson, PR & Ougham, HJ 2009, 'Bioinformatics in the orphan crops' Briefings in Bioinformatics, vol 10, no. 6, pp. 645-653. DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbp036
Langdon, T, Thomas, A, Huang, L, Farrar, K, King, J & Armstead, I 2009, 'Fragments of the key flowering gene GIGANTEA are associated with helitron-type sequences in the Pooideae grass Lolium perenne' BMC Plant Biology, vol 9, 70. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2229-9-70
King, J, Armstead, IP, Harper, JA, James, CL, Roberts, LA, Gasior, D, Kelly, RO, Huang, LS, Thomas, AM, Skot, K & King, IP 2009, 'Progress in introgression mapping in the pooideae' Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 2009 - 2009, pp. W274.
Wang, YC, Wu, YC, Chen, JW, Huang, LS-F, Tsai, FR & Hwang, CC 2008, 'Structure–activity relationships of modified C-terminal endomorphin-2 analogues by molecular dynamics simulations' Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling, vol 27, no. 4, pp. 489-496. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmgm.2008.08.007
Hsieh, J-Y, Huang, LS, Chen, C, Lo, H-C & Hwang, C-C 2007, 'Molecular dynamics simulation for nanoscale deep indentation of a copper substrate by single-walled carbon nanotube tips' Nanotechnology, vol 18, no. 41, 415701. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/18/41/415701
Armstead, IP, Huang, LS, King, J, Ougham, HJ, Thomas, H & King, IP 2007, 'Rice pseudomolecule-anchored cross-species DNA sequence alignments indicate regional genomic variation in expressed sequence conservation' BMC Genomics, vol 8, no. 283, 16. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-8-283
Thomas, AM, Thomas, H, Armstead, IP, King, IP, Harper, JA, Moore, BJ, Huang, LS, Fentem, PA, Ougham, HJ, Jones, RN, Jones, TAH, Roberts, LA, King, J & Donnison, IS 2005, 'Molecular tagging of a senescence gene by introgression mapping of a stay-green mutation from Festuca pratensis' New Phytologist, vol 165, no. 3, pp. 801-806. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2004.01269.x
Ougham, HJ & Huang, LS 2004, 'Bioinformatics: bringing data to a usable form for breeders' Plant Breeding, pp. 18-22.
Ougham, H & Huang, L 2003, 'Update of ILGI and other Lolium data in the forage grass genome database (FOGGDB)' Abstract Plant & Animal Genomes XI Conference, California, United States of America, 2003 - 2003, pp. "209.
King, J, Roberts, LA, Kearsey, MJ, Thomas, HM, King, IP, Jones, RN, Huang, LS-F, Armstead, IP, Morgan, WG & King, IP 2002, 'A demonstration of a 1:1 correspondence between chiasma frequency and recombination using a Lolium perenne/Festuca pratensis substitution' Genetics, vol 161, no. 1, pp. 307-314.