Rong-Cai Yang, PhD

AF Professor of Statistical Genomics, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept


AF Professor of Statistical Genomics, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
(780) 492-3728
2-39 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1




PhD, University of Saskatchewan

Job/Research Area 

Statistical Genomics and Quantitative Genetics 


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests 

Work focus is on the development of new theories and statistical methods and their computational deployment for studying genomic and breeding data from crop plants and farmed animals. My current research interests and activities include: (i) bioinformatics and computational genomics of disease resistance genes across cereal genomes; (ii) the development of new statistical methods for studying genotype-environment interactions and evaluation of crop variety trials; (iii) statistical issues related to genomic prediction based on high density DNA markers; and (iv) genetic and genomic analyses of early generation selection in self-pollinated species.


AFNS 585 - Advanced Quantitative Genomics

Genetics and analysis of quantitative traits in farm animals and plants. Detecting, locating and measuring effects of quantitative trait loci (QTL). Recent developments in QTL mapping and discovery. The laboratory sessions include commonly used software for analyzing data from breeding and genomics experiments. Normally offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Rong-Cai Yang


Testing for nonlinear genotype × environment interactions
Author(s): Yang R-C
Publication Date: 7/16/2020
Publication: Crop Science
Volume: 60
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 3127–3140
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Towards understanding and use of mixed-model analysis of agricultural experiments
Author(s): Yang, R.-C.
Publication Date: 10/1/2010
Publication: Canadian Journal of Plant Sccience
Volume: 90
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 605-627
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Analysis of linear and non-linear genotype × environment interaction
Author(s): Yang R-C
Publication: Frontiers in Genetics
Volume: 5
Page Numbers: 227
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Bioinformatic prediction of transcription factor binding sites at promoter regions of genes for photoperiod and vernalization responses in model and temperate cereal plants
Author(s): Peng FY, Hu Z, Yang R-C
Publication: BMC Genomics
Volume: 17
Page Numbers: 573
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Direct Approach to Modeling Epistasis
Author(s): Yang R-C
Publication: Epistasis: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology
Volume: 1253
Page Numbers: 159-183
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Genome-wide estimation of heritability and its functional components for flowering, defense, ionomics, and developmental traits in a geographically diverse population of Arabidopsis thaliana
Author(s): Yang, R-C
Publication: Genome
Volume: 60
Page Numbers: 572-580
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Inferring defense-related gene families in Arabidopsis and wheat
Author(s): Yang R-C, Peng FY, Hu Z
Publication: BMC Genomics
Volume: 18
Page Numbers: 980
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Marker-Based Estimation of Genetic Parameters in Genomics
Author(s): Hu Z, Yang R-C
Publication: PLoS ONE
Volume: 9
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: e102715
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Prediction and analysis of three gene families related to leaf rust (Puccinia triticina) resistance in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
Author(s): Peng FY, Yang R-C.
Publication: BMC Plant Biology
Volume: 17
Page Numbers: 108
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