Francis Yeh


Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept



Job/Research Area: Tree improvement and breeding, quantitative and population genetics, forest conservation and biotechnology.


  • 1987 - NSERC Industry-University Research Chair
  • 2000 - International Union of Forest Research Organization Scientific Achievement Award
  • 1999 - McCalla Research Professor


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: I am most interested in comparative genomics research at the population level. My work with graduate students, PDFs, research associates and colleagues has focused on genetic improvement and biotechnology, as well as evolutionary, ecological, quantitative, population, and conservation genetics from the theoretical and empirical perspectives. My desire to cover a broad spectrum of genetic disciplines has enabled the graduate students and PDFs with very different educational backgrounds and research interests to interact. This has enabled us to study breeding, improvement and gene conservation with a broad viewpoint and contributed to greater understanding of the forces and mechanisms that maintain genetic diversity. Over the years, I am very privileged to have worked with/supervised a group of very talented individuals who have contributed immensely to the genetics literature. They include Bill Cheliak, Daniel Chong, Yousry Elkassaby, Israel Jiang, John King, Lu Pengxin, David O'Malley, Mei Sun, Harry Wu, Rose Guardamano, Xie Chang-Yi, Alvin Yanchuk, Rong-Cai Yang, Li Changxi, Selvaduri Dayanandan, Wei Run-Peng, Aron Fazekas, Deogratias Rweyongeza, Hu Xin Sheng, Terrance Ye Zhi Hong and among others.


High mutation rates explain low population genetic divergence at copy-number-variable loci in Homo sapiens
Author(s): Hu, XS., Yeh, F., Hu, Y. et al.
Publication Date: 2/22/2017
Publication: Nature Sci Rep
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Assessing Postzygotic Isolation Using Zygotic Disequilibria in Natural Hybrid Zones
Author(s): Xin-Sheng Hu & Francis C Yeh
Publication Date: 6/20/2014
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Structural Genomics: Correlation Blocks, Population Structure, and Genome Architecture
Author(s): Xin-Sheng Hu, Francis C. Yeh and Zhiquan Wang
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Current Genomics
Volume: 12
Page Numbers: 55-70

Analysis of genotype-environment interactions from a genome-wide survey of quantitative trait loci in a barley population
Author(s): Ham, Bong Joo, Spaner, Dean Spaner, Rahman, Habibur M, Yeh, Francis C and Yang, Rong-Cai
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Current Topics in Genetics
Volume: 4
Page Numbers: 21-32

Glacial vicariance in the Pacific Northwest: evidence from a lodgepole pine mitochondrial DNA minisatellite for multiple genetically distinct and widely separated refugia
Publication Date: 4/22/2008
Publication: Molecular Ecology
Volume: 17
Issue: 10
Page Numbers: 2463-2475

Sex-ratio distortion driven by migration loads
Author(s): Xin-Sheng Hu Francis C.Yeh Fangliang He
Publication Date: 12/1/2007
Publication: Theoretical Population Biology
Volume: 72
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 547-559

Postglacial colonization and population genetic relationships in the Pinus contorta complex
Author(s): Aron J. Fazekas and Francis C. Yeh
Publication Date: 4/7/2006
Publication: Can J Botany
Volume: 84
Issue: 2
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Genetic structure and migration from mainland to island populations in Abies procera Rehd
Author(s): Yeh, F.C. and Hu, X.S.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Genome
Volume: 48
Page Numbers: 461-473
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Co-evolution in natural pathosystems: effect of dominance on host-pathogen interactions
Author(s): Ye, T.Z., Yang, R.C. and Yeh, F.C.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Phytopathology
Volume: 96
Page Numbers: 633-639

Construction of RFLP genomic map in reciprocal DH populations of Brassica juncea
Author(s): Mahmood, T., Yeh, F.C., Stringam, G. and Good, A.G.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Theor Appl Genetics
Volume: 107
Page Numbers: 283-290

Genetic variation in height, branch and needle lengths of Pinus sylvestris L. from Siberia tested in Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Rweyongeza, D.M., F.C. Yeh, B.P. Dancik and N.K. Dhir.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Silvae Genetica
Volume: 52
Page Numbers: 52-60

Molecular evolution of phytoplasmas based on polymorphisms in the 16S rRNA genes and the 16/23S spacer regions
Author(s): Wang, K., Hiruki, C., and F. Yeh.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Proc. Japan Acad.
Volume: 79
Issue: B
Page Numbers: 155-162

Molecular mapping of seed aliphatic glucosinolates in Brassica juncea
Author(s): Mahmood, T., U. Uekuere, F.C. Yeh, A.G. Good, and G. Stringam.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Genome
Volume: 46
Page Numbers: 753-760