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Katrien Devos

Distinguished Research Professor
Plant Biology; Crop & Soil Sciences; Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics
Plant Sciences, Rm 4203
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Miller Plant Sciences, Rm 4107
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The research in my lab is targeted on enhancing our understanding of the organization of grass genomes, in particular wheat, millets and switchgrass, a biofuel crop. This is done through genetic and genomic analyses in the target species themselves, as well as through comparative analyses between crop and sequenced model genomes.

  • DOE, Co-PI, 10/01/17 – 09/30/22, Center for Bioenergy Innovation (Switchgrass Domestication Team).
  • NSF-BREAD, PI, 06/01/16 – 05/31/20, Development of essential genetic and genomic resources for finger millet.
  • USDA-SCRI, Co-PI, 09/01/15 – 08/31/20, Persistence, survival and recovery of warm-season turfgrass selections for sustainable urban landscapes under limited irrigation and long-term drought.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Co-PI, 10/01/15 – 09/30/19, PEARL: Unraveling the molecular genetics of finger millet blast disease and existing resistance for the development of high-yielding resilient varieties.
  • USDA-Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy Program, Co-PI, 10/01/15 – 09/30/18, Parallel analysis of Puccinia emaculata virulence and switchgrass resistance phenotypes.
  • DOE-Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy Program, PI, 09/01/13 – 08/31/19, Unraveling the genetics of two key biomass traits that differentiate upland and lowland tetraploid switchgrass ecotypes, colonization by mycorrhizal fungi and frost tolerance.

Ph.D Grass Comparative Genomics, State University Ghent, Belgium 1992

Of note:
  • Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (2019)
  • Distinguished Visiting Scientist Fellowship, CSIRO (Jan – July 2018)
  • D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research (2017)
  • UGA Creative Research Medal (2017)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016)
  • ISIS Fellowship (Dec. 2000 - March 2001)
  • STAFF Visiting Research Fellowship, Japan (Jan - March 1998)
  • BBSRC Fellowship (1996-2001)
Articles Featuring Katrien Devos

Five PhD students were hooded by Plant Biology faculty during the Spring PhD Graduate Ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum on May 9, 2024. These included Philip Bentz (Jim Leebens-Mack), Max Bernhardt (John Burke), Austin Menzmer (Chris Peterson), Margot Popecki (…

An international team of researchers, led by Distinguished Research Professor in Plant Biology, Dr. Katrien Devos, and Senior Research Associate Dr.

Congratulations to Katrien Devos, Distinguished research professor in Plant Biology and her research associates Thomas Pendergast and Peng Qi!

Congratulations to Douda! Douda, Associate Professor in Plant Biology, was recognized with the UGA research medal for her distinct and exceptional research.

Congratulations to Katrien Devos and her two senior research associates Tom Pendergast and Peng Qi for publishing a high-quality reference genome of switchgrass in the Jan 27 issue of Nature! This marks a critical step for the potential use of…

Congratulations to Katrien Devos for being awarded Distinguished Research Professor! 

Congratulations to PBIO Professor Katrien Devos for being named a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). The CSSA chooses their Fellows based on professional achievements and meritorious service. Up to 0.3% of the society's members may be elected…

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