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Aakash Chawade

Aakash Chawade
I am an Associate Professor of Genetics and Breeding Informatics (Docent) and a group leader at the Department of Plant Breeding at SLU. The overall research goal of my lab is to understand genetic, molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. Ongoing research projects involve cereal crops, potato, sugar beet, faba bean and green peas. We also interested in developing novel methods and data analysis pipelines for analysis of omics and high-throughput plant phenotyping data using multivariate statistics and machine learning. I have written over 60 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and own three patents.


Deputy head of the department "GU ansvarig".

Lectures in plant breeding, bioinformatics, basic statistics and high-throughput phenotyping in undergraduate, MSc and Phd courses at SLU.



Ongoing research projects involve cereal crops, potato, sugar beet, faba bean and green peas. In wheat, we are developing genetic markers for the diseases yellow rust, Fusarium head blight and Septoria tritici blotch resistance. In barley we are studying resistance to economically important diseases and tolerance to abiotic stresses. We are also developing methods for low cost genomic assisted breeding in above mentioned crops. By SNP genotyping, next generation sequencing and shotgun proteomics, we aim to identify novel molecular mechanisms for key agronomic traits. Additonally, we are developing methods for high-throughput phenotyping and machine learning. These techniques generate large amount of data requiring software pipelines for efficient data processing and analysis. Thus, we are developing open source software for efficient data analysis. We work in close collaboration with stakeholders.

Current lab members:

  • Admas Alemu (Postdoc)
  • Ajit Nehe (Postdoc)
  • Vishnukiran Thuraga (Postdoc)
  • Alexander Koc (Phd student)
  • Fernanda Leiva (Phd student)
  • Mustafa Zakieh (Phd student)
  • Marwan Alamrani (Research Assistant)
  • Rishap Dhakal (Master thesis student)

Previous lab members:

Firuz Odilbekov (Researcher, 2016-2020), David Gaikpa (Research Assistant, 2020), Dhananjay Kumar (Postdoc, 2018-2020), Firuz Odilbekov (Postdoc 2016-2019), Marwan Alamrani (Master thesis student, 2019-20), Djailey Gruijters (Erasmus exchange student, 2019), Johan Lundmark (Master thesis student, 2020) Jonathan Kunst (Erasmus exchange student, 2019), Behnaz Sirooeinejad (visiting Phd student, 2019), Chiara Delvento (Master thesis student, 2019), Rita Armoniené (Postdoc, 2016-2017), Alexander Koc (MSc thesis student, 2017), Salvatore Caruso (Erasmus exchange student, 2016)

Ongoing projects:

  • Developing automated phenotyping methods for wheat and sugar beat. Project homepage
  • Identifying molecular mechanisms underlying resistance to Septoria tritici blotch, Fusarium Head Blight and yellow rust in wheat
  • Pre-breeding for wheat blast resistance for Bangladesh.
  • Identifying novel quantitative trait loci (QTL) and SNP markers in wheat
  • Developing low cost genomic selection methods. Project homepage
  • Project leader of the BalticWheat network comprising of researchers from 10 organizations in 7 countries with focus on sustainable wheat production in the Baltic region. Project homepage

Open Source software:

1. Specalyzer: An online tool for interactive analysis of phenomics data:

2. Delexplorer: An online tool for interactive analysis of omics data.

3. Normalyzer: An online tool for rapid evaluation of normalization methods for omics datasets:

4. Dinosaur: An open source peptide MS feature detector:

5. NormalyzerDE: Online tool for normalization of omics data.

Research Funding (current & previous):
Carl Tryggers Foundation, Crafoord Foundation, Einar & Inga Nilsson foundation, Jordbruksverket (Swedish Board of Agriculture), Lantmännen research foundation, Nilsson-Ehle Foundation, Partnerskap Alnarp, PlantLink, SLF, SLU, STINT, Swedish Institute, VR, SLU Grogrund

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Education / Academic experience:

  • Associate Professor  in genetics and breeding informatics (2018 - Current), SLU
  • Assistant Professor in genetics and breeding informatics (2015-2018), SLU
  • Researcher (2014-2016), Lund University
  • Post Doc in computational proteomics (2012-2014), Lund University
  • PhD in Biology (2006-2011), University of Gothenburg
  • Masters in Bioinformatics (2003-2005), University of Skövde
  • BSc in Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry (1997-2000), Osmania University, India


Main supervisor to the following doctoral students:

1. Alexander Koc. PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, 2018 – ongoing.

2. Fernanda Leiva. PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, 2019 – ongoing.

3. Mustafa Zakieh. PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, 2019 – ongoing.

Assistant Supervisor to the following doctoral students:

1. Catja Selga. PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, 2016 – ongoing. Main supervisor Prof. Rodomiro Ortiz

2. Jakob Wilfors. PhD student at the Department of Immunotechnology, Lund University, 2016 – ongoing. Main Supervisor Docent. Fredrik Levander, Lund University. 

3. Sbatie Lama. PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, 2019-ongoing. Main Supervisor Docent Ramune Kuktaite.

4. Yuzhou Lan. PhD student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, 2019-ongoing. Main supervisor Prof. Eva Johansson. 

5. Mohamed Mambu Luseni student at the Department of Plant Protection, SLU, 2018-ongoing. Main Supervisor Prof. Laura Grenville-Briggs Didymus

6. Hannah Ohm student at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, 2019-ongoing. Main supervisor Docent Per Hofvander. 


Supervised several MSc thesis students.

Selected publications


Leiva, F., Vallenback, P., Ekblad, T., Johansson, E., & Chawade, A. (2021). Phenocave: An Automated, Standalone, and Affordable Phenotyping System for Controlled Growth Conditions. Plants, 10(9), 1817.

Zakieh, M., Gaikpa, D. S., Sandoval, F. L., Alamrani, M., Henriksson, T., Odilbekov, F., & Chawade, A. (2021). Characterizing Winter Wheat Germplasm for Fusarium Head Blight Resistance Under Accelerated Growth Conditions. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12(August).

Alemu, A., Brazauskas, G., Gaikpa, D. S., Henriksson, T., Islamov, B., Jørgensen, L. N., … Chawade, A. (2021). Genome-Wide Association Analysis and Genomic Prediction for Adult-Plant Resistance to Septoria Tritici Blotch and Powdery Mildew in Winter Wheat. Frontiers in Genetics, 12(May), 1–15.

Kanta, K., Mostofa, R., Reza, A., Anwar, B., Rezaul, K. M., Kumar, P., … Chawade, A., Kumar, P. (2021). Evaluation of elite bread wheat lines for resistance to blast disease in Bangladesh. Euphytica, 0123456789.

He, X., Juliana, P., Kabir, M. R., Roy, K. K., Islam, R., Marza, F., … Singh, P. K. (2021). Screening and Mapping for Head Blast Resistance in a Panel of CIMMYT and South Asian Bread Wheat Germplasm. Frontiers in Genetics, 12(May).

Selga, C., Koc, A., Chawade, A., & Ortiz, R. (2021). A bioinformatics pipeline to identify a subset of snps for genomics-assisted potato breeding. Plants, 10(1), 1–14.

Bharti, A., Paritosh, K., Mandla, V. R., Chawade, A., & Vivekanand, V. (2021). Gis application for the estimation of bioenergy potential from agriculture residues: An overview. Energies, 14(4), 1–15.

Singh, P. K., Gahtyari, N. C., Roy, C., Roy, K. K., He, X., Tembo, B., … Chawade, A. (2021). Wheat Blast: A Disease Spreading by Intercontinental Jumps and Its Management Strategies. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12(July), 1–21.

Sharma, M., Kaushik, P., & Chawade, A. (2021). Frontiers in the Solicitation of Machine Learning Approaches in Vegetable Science Research. Sustainability, 13(15), 8600.

Maurya, N. S., Kushwaha, S., Chawade, A., & Mani, A. (2021). Transcriptome profiling by combined machine learning and statistical R analysis identifies TMEM236 as a potential novel diagnostic biomarker for colorectal cancer. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1–11.

He, X., Azzimonti, G., Sánchez-Vidaña, M. del R., Pereyra, S. A., Sansaloni, C., Hernández-Anguiano, A. M., Chawade, A., Singh, P. K. (2021). Mapping for Adult-Plant Resistance Against Septoria Tritici Blotch in a Common Wheat Line Murga. Phytopathology®, PHYTO-05-20-017.


Odilbekov, F., Selga, C., Ortiz, R., Chawade, A., & Liljeroth, E. (2020). QTL Mapping for Resistance to Early Blight in a Tetraploid Potato Population. Agronomy, 10(5), 728.

He, X., Rezaul, M., Krishna, K., Babul, K. R., Kaijie, A., Felix, X., Chawade, A., Singh, P. K. (2020). QTL mapping for field resistance to wheat blast in the Caninde # 1 / Alondra population. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, (2011).

Kumar, D., Kushwaha, S., Delvento, C., Liatukas, Ž., Vivekanand, V., Svensson, J. T., … Chawade, A. (2020). Affordable Phenotyping of Winter Wheat under Field and Controlled Conditions for Drought Tolerance. Agronomy, 10(6), 882.

Willforss, J., Leonova, S., Tillander, J., Andreasson, E., Marttila, S., Olsson, O., Chawade, A., Levander, F. (2020). Interactive proteogenomic exploration of response to Fusarium head blight in oat varieties with different resistance. Journal of Proteomics, 218(December 2019), 103688.

Lindberg, T., de Ávila, R. I., Zeller, K. S., Levander, F., Eriksson, D., Chawade, A., & Lindstedt, M. (2020). An integrated transcriptomic- and proteomic-based approach to evaluate the human skin sensitization potential of glyphosate and its commercial agrochemical formulations. Journal of Proteomics, 217(December 2019), 103647.

Kumar, M., Chawade, A., Vetukuri, R., Vivekanand, V., & Pareek, N. (2020). Lignocellulolytic and Chitinolytic Glycoside Hydrolases: Structure, Catalytic Mechanism, Directed Evolution and Industrial Implementation.

Kumar, S., Kashyap, P. L., Singh, G. P., He, X., Gupta, V., Bainsla, N. K., Chawade, A., Singh, P. K. (2020). Breeding for Wheat Blast Resistance. Wheat Blast, 163–174.


Odilbekov, F., Armoniené, R., Koc, A., Svensson, J., & Chawade, A. (2019). GWAS-Assisted Genomic Prediction to Predict Resistance to Septoria Tritici Blotch in Nordic Winter Wheat at Seedling Stage. Frontiers in Genetics, 10(November), 1–10.

Odilbekov, F., He, X., Armoniené, R., Saripella, G., Henriksson, T., Singh, P.K., & Chawade. A (2019). QTL Mapping and Transcriptome Analysis to Identify Differentially Expressed Genes Induced by Septoria Tritici Blotch Disease of Wheat. Agronomy, 9(9), 510.

Narasimhan, M., Kannan, S., Chawade, A., Bhattacharjee, A., & Govekar, R. (2019). Clinical biomarker discovery by SWATH-MS based label-free quantitative proteomics: impact of criteria for identification of differentiators and data normalization method. Journal of Translational Medicine, 17(1), 184.

Lindstedt, M., Borrebaeck, C. A. K., Johansson, H., Albrekt, A.-S., ZELLER, K. S., Chawade, A., … FORRERYD, A. A. S. (2019). US 2019 / 0083556 A1. USA. [Patent]

Chawade, A., van Ham, J., Blomquist, H., Bagge, O., Alexandersson, E., & Ortiz, R. (2019). High-Throughput Field-Phenotyping Tools for Plant Breeding and Precision Agriculture. Agronomy, 9(5), 258.

Paritosh, K., Pareek, N., Chawade, A., & Vivekanand, V. (2019). Prioritization of solid concentration and temperature for solid state anaerobic digestion of pearl millet straw employing multi-criteria assessment tool. Scientific Reports, (August), 1–11.


Koc, A., Henriksson, T., & Chawade, A. (2018). Specalyzer — an interactive online tool to analyze spectral reflectance measurements. PeerJ, 6(e5031), 1–14.

Odilbekov, F., Armoniené, R., Henriksson, T., & Chawade, A. (2018). Proximal Phenotyping and Machine Learning Methods to Identify Septoria Tritici Blotch Disease Symptoms in Wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9.

Armoniené, R., Odilbekov, F., Vivekanand, V., & Chawade, A. (2018). Affordable Imaging Lab for Noninvasive Analysis of Biomass and Early Vigour in Cereal Crops. BioMed Research International, 2018, 23–26.

Chawade, A., et. al. (2018). A transnational and holistic breeding approach is needed for sustainable wheat production in the Baltic Sea region. Physiologia Plantarum.

Willforss, J., Chawade, A., & Levander, F. (2018). NormalyzerDE: Online tool for improved normalization of omics expression data and high-sensitivity differential expression analysis. Journal of Proteome Research, acs.jproteome.8b00523.

Eriksson, D., Ammann, K., Chassy, B., & Chawade, A. (2018). Comments on two recent publications on GM maize and Roundup. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 13338.

Vetukuri, R. R., Tripathy, S., Malar C, M., Panda, A., Kushwaha, S. K., Chawade, A., … Whisson, S. C. (2018). Draft genome sequence for the tree pathogen Phytophthora plurivora. Genome Biology and Evolution, 1(August).

Reynolds, D., Frederic B., Claude W., Aaron B., Joshua B., Francesco C., Argelia L., Chawade A., Khafif, M., Noshita, K., Muelle-Linow, M., Zhou, J., Tardieu, F. (2018). What Is Cost-Efficient Phenotyping? Optimizing Costs for Different Scenarios. Plant Science, July, 1–2.

Vetukuri, R. R., Tripathy, S., Malar C, M., Panda, A., Kushwaha, S. K., Chawade, A., Andreasson E., Grenville-Briggs, L. J., Whisson, S. C. (2018). Draft genome sequence for the tree pathogen Phytophthora plurivora. Genome Biology and Evolution, 1(August).

Ghaffary, S. M. T., Chawade, A., & Singh, P. K. (2018). Practical breeding strategies to improve resistance to Septoria tritici blotch of wheat. Euphytica, 214(7), 122.

Kumar, M., Brar, A., Yadav, M., Chawade, A., & Pareek, N. (2018). Chitinases — Potential Candidates for Enhanced Plant Resistance towards Fungal Pathogens. Agriculture, 8(88), 1–12.

Yadav, M., Paritosh, K., Chawade, A., Pareek, N., & Vivekanand, V. (2018). Genetic Engineering of Energy Crops to Reduce Recalcitrance and Enhance Biomass Digestibility. Agriculture, 8(76).

Kumar, S., Paritosh, K., Pareek, N., Chawade, A., & Vivekanand, V. (2018). De-construction of major Indian cereal crop residues through chemical pretreatment for improved biogas production: An overview. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 90, 160–170.

Alexandersson, E., Keinänen, M., Chawade, A., & Himanen, K. (2018). Nordic research infrastructures for plant phenotyping The role of plant phenomics and controlled environments in response to climate change. Agriculture and Food Science, 27(1), 7–16.

Eriksson, D., Brinch-Pedersen, H., Chawade, A., Holme, I. B., Hvoslef-Eide, T. A. K., Ritala, A., … Thorstensen, T. (2018). Scandinavian perspectives on plant gene technology: applications, policies and progress. Physiologia Plantarum, 162(2), 219–238.


Chawade, A., Armoniené, R., Odilbekov, F., & Henriksson, T. (2017). Regional variation i resistens mot svartpricksjuka hos höstvetesorter, Nr 70. Rapport från växtodlings- och växtskyddsdagar i Växjö. Meddelande Från Södra Jordbruksvörsöksdistriktet. Växjö: SLU.

Lindstedt, M. M., Borrebaeck, C. A. K., Johansson, H., Albrekt, A.-S., Zeller, K. S., Chawade, A., … FORRERYD, A. A. S. (2017). WO2017162773A1. (Patent)

Selga, C., Chawade, A., Andersson, M., & Ortiz, R. (2017). Phenotyping and genotyping to enable genomic breeding values in potato. In Scientific Smörgåsbord. SEB Gothenburg. (Poster)

Grenville-Briggs, L. J., Kushwaha, S. K., Cleary, M. R., Witzell, J., Savenkov, E. I., Whisson, S. C., … Vetukuri, R. R. (2017). Draft genome of the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora cactorum strain LV007 isolated from European beech ( Fagus sylvatica ). Genomics Data, 12, 155–156.

Zeller, K., Forreryd, A., Lindberg, T., Gradin, R., Chawade, A., & Lindstedt, M. (2017). The GARD platform for potency assessment of skin sensitizing chemicals. ALTEX.

Kunwar, P., Kushwaha, S., Yadav, M., Pareek, N., Chawade, A., & Vivekanand, V. (2017). Food waste to energy: an overview of sustainable approaches for food waste management and nutrient recycling. Biomed Research International, 2017, 1–19.

Andersson, K. E., Chawade, A., Thuresson, N., Rascon, A., Öste, R., Sterner, O., … Hellstrand, P. (2017). Wholegrain oat diet changes the expression of genes associated with intestinal bile acid transport. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 61(7), 1600874.


Armoniené, R., Koc, A., Caruso, S., Henriksson, T., & Chawade, A. (2016). Predicting yellow rust & Septoria tritici blotch in wheat by hyperspectral phenotyping and machine learning. In 4th IPPN Symposium. Texcocco, Mexico. (Poster)

Zeller, K., Forreryd, A., Lindberg, T., Chawade, A., & Lindstedt, M. (2016). The GARD assay for potency assessment of skin sensitizing chemicals. Estiv 2016, 259, S171.

Teleman, J., Chawade, A., Sandin, M., Levander, F., & Malmström, J. (2016). Dinosaur: a refined open source peptide MS feature detector. Journal of Proteome Research, acs.jproteome.6b00016. [Abstract]

Chawade, A., Alexandersson, E., Bengtsson, T., Andreasson, E., & Levander, F. (2016). Targeted Proteomics Approach for Precision Plant Breeding. Journal of Proteome Research, 15(2), 638–646. [Abstract]

Lindberg, T., Zeller, K., Forreryd, A., Chawade, A., & Lindstedt, M. (2016). Prediction of skin sensitizing potency of chemicals by the alternative cell based assay GARD. In Society of Toxicology annual meeting (SOT). New Orleans. (Poster)

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Invited Speaker

Invited talk: "Resistance breeding in wheat". PlantLink (2020)

Invited talk: "Challenges and opportunities for analysis of omics data". Statistics@SLU seminar series (2020)

Invited talk: "Bildanalysmetoder som ett hjälpmedel för växtförädlare".Teknik för att säkra hög utsädeskvalitet. Gröna möten, Skara (2019)

Invited talk: "Distansundervisning". Utbildningskonferens. SLU. Lund (2019).

Invited talk: "Winter wheat pre-breeding with integrated omics". International plant and molecular biology conference, Paris (2018)

Invited talk: ”Regional variation i resistens mot svartpricksjuka hos höstvetesorter”. Meddelande från södra jordbruksförsöksdistriktet, Nr 70. Rapport från växtodlings- och växtsyddsdagarna i Växjö (2017).

Invited talk: "Spektralanalys för gradering av svampsmitta i vete" in the one day seminar "Smarta lösningar med ny sensorteknik och bildanalys - seminarium med fokus på växtskydd" (2017), Alnarp

Invited talk:  "Precision breeding with omics" at the 5th Plant Genomics and gene editing congress (2017), Amsterdam

Invited talk: “Disease resistance breeding using omics” at joint CPSC-PlantLink workshop 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

Invited talk: “Challenges in denovo transcriptome assembly in polyploids”, PlantLink Server talks 2014, Lund, Sweden

Invited talk: cold tolerance at Nordic Oat conference, 2008, Gothenburg, Sweden


Senior Lecturer at the Institutionen för växtförädling
Telephone: +4640415328
Postal address:
Växtförädling, Box 190
234 22 LOMMA
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp