Dr Ricky Vinarao

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability
Faculty of Science


Dr Ricky Vinarao has over ten years of research experience in rice genomics, identification of genomic regions associated with key traits (biotic stress resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, and aerobic adaptation traits), and phenotyping of elite and wide-cross derived introgression lines. He recently joined the University of Queensland's (UQ) Shool of Agriculture and Food Sustainability as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to improve cold tolerance and aerobic adaptation of rice grown in aerobic production systems. He holds a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from University of the Philippines Los Baños. Before joining UQ, Ricky worked at the International Rice Research Institute and was involved in projects related with utilisation of wild rice species to improve cultivated varieties, molecular characterisation of introgression lines, and co-authored several journal articles and a patent.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Agriculture, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Biology, University of the Philippines Los Baños


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  • Ali, Jauhar, Mahender, Anumalla, Prahalada, G. D., Sevilla, Ma. Anna Lynn, Galang, Angelito, Asis, Erik Jon De, Paz, Madonna Dela, Marfori-Nazarea, Corinne Mira, Nicolas, Katrina Leslie and Vinarao, Ricky (2020). Genomics-assisted breeding of climate-smart inbred and hybrid rice varieties. Genomic designing of climate-smart cereal crops. (pp. 1-43) edited by Chittaranjan Kole. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-93381-8_1

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