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


Progress in upscaling Miscanthus biomass production for the European bio-economy with seed-based hybridsClifton-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, T. W., Huang, L., Jezownski, S., Kim, D-S., Kiesel, A., Kotecki, A., Krzyzak, J., Lewandowski, I., Lim, S. H., 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 In : GCB Bioenergy.9, 1, p. 6-17
Phylogenetic Relationships in the Festuca-Lolium Complex (Loliinae; Poaceae): New Insights from Chloroplast SequencesCheng, Y., Zhou, K., Humphreys, M. W., Harper, J. A., Zhang, X., Yan, H. & Huang, L. 2016 In : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.4, 89
Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breedingClifton-Brown, J. C., Purdy, S. J., Hayes, C. M., Ashman, C. R., Jones, L. E., Farrar, K., Huang, L. S-F., Gallagher, J. A., Glover, C. M., Hinton Jones, M. E., Jensen, E. F., Loosley, R. M., Maddison, A. L., McCalmont, J. P., Nunn, C., Robson, P. R., Slavov, G. T., Warren, R. D., Webster, R. J., Youell, S. J., Donnison, I. S., Davey, C. L., Jones, C. M., Barraclough, T., Castle, M., Cunniff, J., Cracroft-Eley, W., Greef, J. M., 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
Contrasting geographic patterns of genetic variation for molecular markers vs. phenotypic traits in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensisSlavov, 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 In : GCB Bioenergy.5, 5, p. 562-571
Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergyClifton-Brown, J. C., Robson, P. R., Davey, C. L., Farrar, K., Hayes, C. M., Huang, L. S-F., Jensen, E. F., Jones, L. E., Hinton Jones, M. E., Maddison, A. L., Meyer, H., Norris, J. A., Purdy, S. J., Rodgers, C., Schwarz, K-U., Salvatore, C., Slavov, G. T., Valentine, J., Webster, R. J., Youell, S. J. & Donnison, I. S. 2013 Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Saha, M. C., Bhandari, H. S. & Bouton, J. H. (eds.). Wiley
The Development of a BAC-fingerprint FPC map for Lolium perenne Swain, S., Thomas, A., Kudrna, D., Huang, L., Byrne, S., Asp, T., King, I., King, J. & Armstead, I. 2012
Developing Miscanthus for BioenergyKim, D-S., Huang, L. S., Flavell, R., Renvoize, S. A., Greef, J. M., Hsu, T. W., Hastings, A., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Chiang, Y-C. & Ibaragi, Y. 2011 Energy Crops. Halford, N. G. & Karp, A. (eds.). Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 301-32121 p.
Developing a physical map of the Lolium perenne genome based on High-Information Content BAC Fingerprinting and BAC-end sequencingArmstead, I., King, J., Huang, L., Ougham, H., Kudrna, D. & King, I. 2011 p. 321 p.
Understanding the value of hydrothermal time on flowering in Miscanthus speciesJensen, E., Squance, M., Hastings, A., Thomas-Jones, S., Farrar, K., Huang, L., King, R., Clifton-Brown, J. & Donnison, I. 2011 In : Aspects of Applied Biology.112, p. 181-1899 p.
Bioinformatics in the orphan cropsArmstead, I. P., Huang, L. S., Ravagnani, A., Robson, P. R. & Ougham, H. J. 2009 In : Briefings in Bioinformatics.10, 6, p. 645-6539 p.
Fragments of the key flowering gene GIGANTEA are associated with helitron-type sequences in the Pooideae grass Lolium perenneLangdon, T., Thomas, A., Huang, L., Farrar, K., King, J. & Armstead, I. 2009 In : BMC Plant Biology.9, 70
Progress in introgression mapping in the pooideaeKing, J., Armstead, I. P., Harper, J. A., James, C. L., Roberts, L. A., Gasior, D., Kelly, R. O., Huang, L. S., Thomas, A. M., Skot, K. & King, I. P. 2009 p. W274
Structure–activity relationships of modified C-terminal endomorphin-2 analogues by molecular dynamics simulationsWang, Y. C., Wu, Y. C., Chen, J. W., Huang, L. S-F., Tsai, F. R. & Hwang, C. C. 2008 In : Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling.27, 4, p. 489-4968 p.
Molecular dynamics simulation for nanoscale deep indentation of a copper substrate by single-walled carbon nanotube tipsHsieh, J-Y., Huang, L. S., Chen, C., Lo, H-C. & Hwang, C-C. 2007 In : Nanotechnology.18, 41, 7 p., 415701
Rice pseudomolecule-anchored cross-species DNA sequence alignments indicate regional genomic variation in expressed sequence conservationArmstead, I. P., Huang, L. S., King, J., Ougham, H. J., Thomas, H. & King, I. P. 2007 In : BMC Genomics.8, 283, 16
Molecular tagging of a senescence gene by introgression mapping of a stay-green mutation from Festuca pratensisThomas, A. M., Thomas, H., Armstead, I. P., King, I. P., Harper, J. A., Moore, B. J., Huang, L. S., Fentem, P. A., Ougham, H. J., Jones, R. N., Jones, T. A. H., Roberts, L. A., King, J. & Donnison, I. S. 2005 In : New Phytologist.165, 3, p. 801-8066 p.
Bioinformatics: bringing data to a usable form for breedersOugham, H. J. & Huang, L. S. 2004 In : Plant Breeding.p. 18-225 p.
Update of ILGI and other Lolium data in the forage grass genome database (FOGGDB)Ougham, H. & Huang, L. 2003 p. "209
A demonstration of a 1:1 correspondence between chiasma frequency and recombination using a Lolium perenne/Festuca pratensis substitutionKing, J., Roberts, L. A., Kearsey, M. J., Thomas, H. M., King, I. P., Jones, R. N., Huang, L. S-F., Armstead, I. P., Morgan, W. G. & King, I. P. 2002 In : Genetics.161, 1, p. 307-3148 p.