Dr Yuri Shavrukov

Senior Research Fellow

College of Science and Engineering

place Bedford Park (323)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Yuri Shavrukov established his career as a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk (Russia) and in 2001 he applied and was selected for a position at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Plant Industry, Adelaide (Australia) for 3 years working on a Research Project entitled ‘Genetics and genes controlling grape vine development’. Since that time, Dr. Yuri Shavrukov and his family have migrated to Australia and been granted Australian Citizenship. Following the CSIRO project, Dr. Yuri Shavrukov commenced a Researcher position at the University of Adelaide’s Plant Genomics Centre, working on a project about drought and salinity tolerance in wheat and barley under the supervision of Prof. Peter Langridge and Prof. Mark Tester. In 2016, Dr. Yuri Shavrukov moved to Flinders University as Senior Research Associate in the laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Kathleen Soole.


Education: Novosibirsk State University, Faculty of Natural Sciences (Novosibirsk, Russia): BSc – 1979 (Biology), MSc – 1981 (Genetics).

PhD thesis: Genetics and genes controlling inflorescence development in plants. Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk, Russia) – 1991.

Honours, awards and grants

(1) Science and Technology Agency (STA), Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Japan, 16 months, 1995-1996, Hokkaido National Agricultural Experiment Station. Project title: 'Genetics and marker assisted selection of reproductive traits in agricultural crops'.

(2) Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Japan, 11 months, 1998, Hokkaido University, Faculty of Agriculture, Lab. Plant Genetics and Evolution. Project title: 'Evolution and genetics of reproductive traits in plants'.

(3) Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), Senior Research Fellowship, Japan, 1 month, 2012, Okayama University, Faculty of Agriculture, Lab. Genetics and Breeding. Project title: 'Genetics and molecular markers in salinity tolerance'.

Key responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities relate to research collaborations with Kazakhstan, including scientific training, lab work and help with Research Fellows and visitors from Kazakhstan working at Flinders University as well as carrying out collaborative research ‘on-site’ in Kazakhstan. The first long-term research collaboration started with S.Seifullin Kazakh Agro-Technical Research University (KATRU), Astana, for crop genotyping, molecular marker analysis for plant growth and development, and characterization of genes for tolerance to drought and other abiotic stresses in legumes and cereals. Research collaborations were then extended for the Kazakh Research Institute of Agriculture and Plant Growing, Almalybak, Almaty district and later with Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Almaty. These research collaborations are supported by the Bolashak Governmental Funding Program and Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Astana (Kazakhstan).

Teaching interests

I have no current lecture or seminar commitments, but I work with Masters and PhD research students with personal projects related to molecular markers, plant genotyping, and gene analyses.