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Department of Plant Pathology

Dr. Bikram Gill

Dr. Bikram Gill

University Distinguished Professor

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Kansas State University
4712 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-1391
Fx: +1-785-532-5692


  • Ph.D. Genetics/Plant Breeding, University of California, Davis, 1973
  • M.S. Botany, Punjab University-India, 1966
  • B.S. Botany, Punjab University-India, 1963


  • Akhunov E, Sehgal S, Liang H, Wang S, Akhunova A, Kaur G, Li W, Forrest K, See D, Šimková H, Ma Y, Hayden M, Luo M, Faris J, Dolezel J, Gill B. Comparative analysis of syntenic genes in grass genomes reveals accelerated rates of gene structure and coding sequence evolution in polyploid wheat. Plant Physiol. 2013, 161:252-265
  • Danilova, T.V., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2012. Single-copy fluorescence in situ hybridization and genome analysis: Acc-2 loci mark evolutionary rearrangements in wheat. Chromosoma 121(6):597-611.
  • Bockus, W.W., De Wolf, E.D., Gill, B.S., Jardine, D.J., Stack, J.P., Bowden, R.L., Fritz, A.K., and Martin, T.J. 2011. Historical durability of resistance to wheat diseases in Kansas. Plant Healthy Progress. Doi:10.1094/PHP-2011-0802-01-RV
  • Gill, B.S., Friebe, B., White, F.F. 2011. Alien introgressions represent a rich source of genes for crop improvement. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci, USA 108:7657-7658.
  • Liu, C., Qi, L.L., Liu, W., Zhao, W., Wilson, J., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2011. Development of a set of compensating triticum aestivum-Dasypyrum villosum Robertsonian translocation lines. Genome 54:836-844.
  • Liu, W., Seifers, D.L., Qi, L.L., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2011. A compensating wheat - Thinopyrum intermedium Robertsonian translocation conferring resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus and triticum mosaic virus. Crop Science 51:2382-2390.
  • Liu, W., Rouse, M., Friebe, B., Jin, Y., Gill, B.S., Pumphrey, M.O., 2011. Discovery and molecular mapping of a new gene conferring resistance to stem rust, Sr53, derived from Aegilops geniculata and characterization of spontaneous translocation stocks with reduced alien chromatin. Chromosome Research 19:669-682.
  • Friebe, B., Qi, L.L., Liu, C., Liu. W., Gill, B.S. 2011. Registration of a hard red winter wheat stock homozygous for ph1b for facilitating alien introgression for crop improvement. Journal of Plant Registration. 6:1-3.
  • Qi, L.L., Pumphrey, M.O., Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Qian, C., Bowden, R.L., Rouse, M.N., Jin, Y., Gill, B.S. 2011. A novel Robertsonian translocation event leads to transfer of a stem rust resistance gene (Sr52) effective against race Ug99 from Dasypyrum villosum into bread wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 123:159-167.
  • Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Anderson OD, Anderson JA, Blake N, Clegg MT, Coleman-Derr D, Conley EJ, Crossman CC, Deal KR, Dubcovsky J, Gill BS, Gu YQ, Hadam J, Heo HY, Huo N, Lazo GR, Luo MC, Ma YQ, Matthews DE, McGuire PE, Morrell P, Qualset CO, Renfro J, Tabanao D, Talbert LE, Tian C, Toleno D, Warburton M, You FM, Zhang W, Dvorak J. Nucleotide diversity maps reveal variation in diversity among wheat genomes and chromosomes. BMC Genomics 2010, 11:702
  • Luo MC, Deal KR, Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Anderson OD, Anderson JA, Blake N, Clegg MT, Coleman-Derr D, Conley EJ, Crossman CC, Dubcovsky J, Gill BS, Gu YQ, Hadam J, Heo HY, Huo N, Lazo G, Ma Y, Matthews DE, McGuie PE, Morrell PL, Qualset CO, Renfro J, Tabanao D, Talbet LE, Tian C, Toleno DM, Warburton ML, You FM, Zhang W, Dvorak J. Genome Comparisons Reveal a Dominant Mechanism of Chromosome Number Reduction in Grasses and Accelerated Genome Evolution in triticeae. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2009, 106:15780-15785
  • See DR, Brooks S, Nelson JC, Brown-Guedira G, Friebe B, Gill BS. 2006. Gene evolution at the ends of wheat chromosomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 103: 4162-4167
  • Gill, B.S., Friebe, B., Raupp, W.J., Wlson, D., Cox, T.S., Sears, R.G., Brown-Guedira, G., Fritz, A.K. 2006. Wheat Genetics Resource Center: the first 25 years. Advances Agron. 89:73-136.
  • Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Linc, G., Gill, B.S. 2005. Robertsonian translocations in wheat arise by centric misdivision of univalents at anaphase I and rejoining of broken centromeres during interkinesis of meiosis II. Cytogenetic & Genome Research 109:293-297.
  • Chen, P., Liu, W., Yuan, J., Wang, X., Zhou, B., Wang, S., Zhang, S., Feng, Y., Yang, B., Liu, G., Liu, D., Qi, L.L., Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2005. Development and characterization of wheat-Leymus racemosus translocation lines with resistance to Fusarium head blight. Theor Appl Genet 111:941-948.
  • Qi, L.L., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2005. Origin, structure and behavior of a highly rearranged deletion chromosome 1BS-4 in wheat. Genome 48:591-597.
  • Liu, X.M., Smith, C.M., Friebe, B.R., Gill, B.S. 2005. Molecular mapping and allelic relationships of Russian wheat aphid-resistance genes. Crop Sci 45:2273-2280.
  • Zhang, P., Li, W.L., Fellers, J., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2004. BAC-FISH in wheat identifies chromosome landmarks consisting of different types of transposable elements. Chromosoma 112:288-299.
  • Friebe, B., & Gill, B.S. 2004. Plant Cytogenetics. Encylopedia of Plant and Crop Science. Goodman, R.M. (ed), Dekker.
  • Badaeva, E.D., Amosova, A.V., Samatadze, T.E., Zoshchuk, S.A., Shostak, N.G., Chikida, Zelenin A.V., Raupp, W.J., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2004. Genome differentiation in Aegilops. 4. Evolution of the U-genome cluster. Plant Syst. Evol 246:45-76.
  • Li, W.L., Zhang, P., Fellers, J., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2004. Sequence composition, organization and evolution of the core triticeae genome. The Plant Journal 40:500-511.
  • Zhang, P., Li, W.L., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S. 2004. Simultaneous painting of three genomes in hexaploid wheat by BAC-FISH. Genome 47:979-987.
  • Singh, S., Brown-Guedira, G.L., Grewal, T.S., Dhaliwal, H.S., Nelson, J.C., Singh, H and Gill, B.S. 2004. Mapping of a resistance gene effective against diverse isolates of the Karnal bunt pathogen of wheat. Theoretical & Applied Genetics 108:586-591.
  • Faris, J.D., Fellers, J.P., Brooks, S.A. and Gill, B.S. 2003. A bacterial artificial chromosome contig spanning the major domestication locus Q in wheat and identification of a candidate gene. Genetics 164(1):311-321.
  • Ananad, A., Zhou, T., trick, H.N., Gill, B.S., Bockus, W.W., Muthukrishnan, S. 2003. Greenhouse and field testing of transgenic wheat against Fusarium graminearum. Journal of Experimental Botany 54 (384): 1101-1111.
  • Huang, L., Brooks, S.A., Li, W., Fellers, J.P., trick, H.N., Gill, B.S. 2003. Map-based cloning of a rust-resistance gene from bread wheat's large polyploid genome. Genetics 164:655-664.
  • Anand, A., Muthukrishnan, S., trick, H.N., Gill, B.S. 2003. Molecular evidence for transgene silencing in wheat. Plant Biotechnology Journal 1:241-251.
  • Qi, L., Echalier, B., Friebe, B. and Gill, B.S. 2003. Molecular characterization of a set of wheat deletion stocks for use in chromosome bin mapping of ESTs. Functional Integrated Genomics 3:39-55.
  • Malik, R., Brown-Guedira, G.L., Smith, C.M., Harvey, T.L. and Gill, B.S. 2003. Genetic mapping of an Aegilops tauschii gene transferred to common wheat conferring resistance to all strains of wheat curl mite. Crop Sci 43:644-650.
  • Huang, L., Brooks, S.A., Fellers, J.P. and Gill, B.S. 2003. Map-based cloning of leaf rust resistance gene Lr21 from the large and polyploidy genome of bread wheat. Genetics 164(2):655-664.
  • Singh, S, Brown-Guedira, G.L., Grewal, T.S., Dhaliwal, H.S., Nelson, J.C., Singh, H., Gill, B.S. 2002. Mapping of a resistance gene effective against diverse isolates of the Karnal bunt pathogen of wheat. TAG 106:287-292.
  • Bockus, W. W., Appel, J. A., Bowden, R. L., Fritz, A. K., Gill, B. S., Martin, T. J., Sears, R. G., Seifers, D. L., Brown-Guedira, G. L., and Eversmeyer, M. G. 2001. Success stories: Breeding for wheat disease resistance in Kansas. Plant Dis. 85:453-461.
  • Brown-Guedira, G. L., Gill, B. S., Bockus, W. W., Cox, T. S., Hatchett, J. H., Leath, S., Peterson, C. J., Thomas, J. B., and Zwer, P. K. 1996. Evaluation of a collection of wild timopheevi wheat for resistance to disease and arthropod pests. Plant Dis. 80:928-933.


Cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, and evolution of polyploid plant species; crop plant genetics, pathology, and breeding.

Staff & Students

  • Dr. Bernd Friebe - Research Professor
  • Anupama Joshi - PhD Student
  • Bhanu Kalia - Research Associate
  • John Raupp - Senior Scientist
  • Dr. Duane Wilson - Associate Scientist