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Hikmet Budak

Professor and Winifred-Asbjornson Plant Science Endowed Chair 
PhD from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002

Office: 412 Leon Johnson Hall
Lab: 415 Leon Johnson Hall

Office Phone: 406-994-6717
Fax: 406-994-1848

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Analysis of abiotic (drought and heat) and biotic stress (insects and pathogens) response mechanisms of important genes and manipulation of these genes employing genomics and bioinformatics tools. A better understanding of gene transmission and silencing.


Molecular genetics and genomics research in cereals. Identification and characterization of genes, proteins and metabolic process under abiotic (i.e. drought and heat) and biotic (i.e. stem sawfly and orange wheat blossom) stress conditions in cereals. 


B.S. Field Crops, Cukurova University, 1993
Ph.D. Plant Genetics and Breeding University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002


Editor-in-Chief, Functional and Integrative Genomics (2015- )
Associate Editor of BMC Genomics (2013- )
Academic Editor of PLosONE (2013-)


Program Board Member of European Plant Genomics (2009-)
Coordinating Member of European Triticeae Genomics Initiative (ETGI) (2005-)
Coordinating Member of International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (2005- )
Member of In vitro Society of Plant Biology (2007-)
Member of EPSO (The European Plant Science Organization) (2007- )
Member of Frontiers for Functional Genomics (2006- )
Member of HarvestPlus Consortium, Washington DC, USA (2005- )
Member of European Association for Research on Plant Breeding, EUCARPIA (2004- )
Member of American Society of Agronomy (2000- )
Member of Crop Science Society of America (2000- ) 
Member of American Society of Plant Biology (2011-)



Budak, H., Hussain, B., Khan, Z., Ozturk, N. Z., & Ullah, N. (2015). From genetics to functional genomics: Improvement in drought signaling and tolerance in wheat. Frontiers in plant science, 6.

Kippes, N., Debernardi, J. M., Vasquez-Gross, H. A., Akpinar, B. A., Budak, H., Kato, K., ... & Dubcovsky, J. (2015). Identification of the VERNALIZATION 4 gene reveals the origin of spring growth habit in ancient wheats from South Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,112(39), E5401-E5410.

Akpinar, B. A., Lucas, S. J., Vrána, J., Doležel, J., & Budak, H. (2014). Sequencing chromosome 5D of Aegilops tauschii and comparison with its allopolyploid descendant bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). Plant biotechnology journal. 13(6):740-52.

Mayer, K. F., Rogers, J., Doležel, J., Pozniak, C., Eversole, K., Feuillet, C.,….. Budak H ... & Endo, T. R. (2014). A chromosome-based draft sequence of the hexaploid bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) genome. Science, 345(6194), 1251788.

Marcussen, T., Sandve, S. R., Heier, L., Spannagl, M., Pfeifer, M., Jakobsen, K. S.,…Budak, H ... & Rogers, J. (2014). Ancient hybridizations among the ancestral genomes of bread wheat. Science, 345(6194), 1250092.

Pfeifer, M., Kugler, K. G., Sandve, S. R., Zhan, B., Rudi, H., Hvidsten, T. R.,…Budak, H ... & Olsen, O. A. (2014). Genome interplay in the grain transcriptome of hexaploid bread wheat. Science, 345(6194), 1250091.

Wicker T., Mayer K.F., Gundlach H., Martis M., Steuernagel B., Scholz U., Simková H., Kubaláková M., Choulet F., Taudien S., Platzer M., Feuillet C., Fahima T., Budak H., Dolezel J., Keller B., Stein N. (2011). Frequent gene movement and pseudogene evolution is common to the large and complex genomes of wheat, barley, and their relatives. The Plant Cell, 23(5), 1706-1718.

Vogel, J. P., Garvin, D. F., Mockler, T. C., Schmutz, J., Rokhsar, D., Bevan, M. W., …Budak, H... & Tice, H. (2010). Genome sequencing and analysis of the model grass Brachypodium distachyon. Nature, 463(7282), 763-768.