Table Mountain, Cape Town
Charles Hefer
About me

Currently I am a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of Botany, at the University of British Columbia. I am responsible for the NGS sequence analysis, which includes genome resequencing and transcriptome profiling of a large Poplar project in Canada (POPCAN). The project involves different research groups, and spans several traditional biological fields of study, but I am closely involved in the plant evolutionary research group of Quentin Cronk, as well as the genomics research group of Carl Douglas.

I completed my PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of Pretoria in 2011, under the supervision of Fourie Joubert and in collaboration of the Forest Molecular Genetics research group of Zander Myburg, with which I still collaborate.

Current Research5 Year old Black Cottonwood stem

I am interested in characterizing whole genome transcriptome datasets, especially with the focus of key genes involved in wood development and wood properties, making use of NGS transcriptomic data. Recently I have also been more involved in whole genome resquencing projects, identifying markers that can be used for genomic selection in trees.


A full list of my publications can be found on my Google Scholar profile. My research interests have always been sequence based analysis, which includes sequence-based markers, transcriptome assembly and profiling, and some genome sequence assembly with NGS data. 

Last updated: March 2012