Katrien Devos
Professor Plant Biology, Institute of Plant Breeding, and Genetics and Genomics (Crop & Soil Science)
Plant Sciences, Rm 4107
Phone Number:  706-542-0925
Office/Lab:  Plant Sciences, Rm 4203
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Ph.D Grass Comparative Genomics, State University Ghent, Belgium 1992

Research Projects: 

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.

Grant Support: 
  • DOE-Feedstock Genomics Program, PI, 09/01/13 – 08/31/16, Unraveling the genetics of two key biomass traits that differentiate upland and lowland tetraploid switchgrass ecotypes, colonization by mycorrhizal fungi and frost tolerance, $722,269
  • NSF – Plant Genome Program, Co-PI, 09/01/13 – 08/31/17, Sequencing of the Aegilops tauschii genome, $652,470
  • DOE, Co-PI, 10/01/07 – 09/30/17, BioEnergy Science Center (Switchgrass Group), $1,469,325
  • NSF, PI, 08/01/10 – 07/31/15, Collaborative Research: The genomic effects of selection for herbicide resistance in green foxtail, $484,624
Of Note: 
  • BBSRC Fellowship (1996-2001)
  • STAFF Visiting Research Fellowship, Japan (Jan - March 1998)
  • ISIS Fellowship (Dec. 2000 - March 2001)
Recent Publications: 
  • Sun Y, Rogers WL, Devos KM, Cai L, Malmberg RL (2014) Genome-wide identification and evolutionary analysis of long non-coding RNAs in cereals.  Genome Biology and Evolution (under revision)
  • Serba DD, Daverdin G, Bouton JH, Devos KM, Brummer EC, Saha MC (2015) Quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying biomass yield and plant height in switchgrass. BioEnergy Research 8:307-324
  • Daverdin G, Bahri BA, Wu X, Serba DD, Tobias C, Saha MC, Devos KM (2015) Comparative relationships and chromosome evolution in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and its genomic model, foxtail millet (Setaria italica). BioEnergy Research 8:137-151
  • Wang H, Devos KM, Bennetzen JL (2014) Recurrent loss of specific introns during angiosperm evolution (2014) PLoS Genetics 10:e1004843
  • Ma J, Stiller J, Wei Y, Zheng Y-L, Devos KM*, Dolezel J, Liu C (2014) Extensive pericentric rearrangements in the bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotype ‘Chinese Spring’ revealed from chromosome shotgun sequence data. Genome Biology and Evolution 6:3039-3048
  • Huang P, Feldman M, Schröder S, Bahri B, Diao X, Zhi H, Estep M, Baxter I, Devos KM*, Kellogg EA (2014) Population genetics of Setaria viridis, a new model system.  Molecular Ecology 23:4912-4925
  • Serba D, Wu L, Daverdin G, Bahri BA, Wang X, Kilian A, Bouton JH, Brummer EC, Saha MC, Devos KM (2013) Linkage Maps of Lowland and Upland Tetraploid Switchgrass Ecotypes. BioEnergy Research 6: 953-965
  • Saïdou AA, Clotault J, Couderc M, Mariac C, Devos KM, Thuillet AC, Amoukou IA, Vigouroux Y (2014) Association mapping, patterns of linkage disequilibrium and selection in the vicinity of the PHYTOCHROME C gene in pearl millet.  Theor Appl Genet 127:19-32
  • Parvathaneni R, Jakkula V, Padi FK, Faure S, Nethra N, Pontaroli AC, Wu X, Bennetzen JL, Devos KM (2013) Fine-mapping and identification of a candidate gene underlying the d2 dwarfing phenotype in pearl millet, Cenchrus americanus (L.) Morrone.  Genes, Genomes and Genetics 3: 563-572
  • Mauro-Herrera M, Wang X, Barbier H, Brutnell T, Devos KM, Doust A (2013) Genetic control and comparative genomic analysis of flowering time in Setaria (Poaceae). Genes, Genomes and Genetics 3:283-295
  • Gottlieb A*, Muller H-G*, Massa A, Wanjugi H, Deal K, You F, Xu X, Guo YQ, Luo M, Anderson O, Chan A, Rabinowicz P, Devos KM*, Dvorak J* (2013) The insular organization of gene space in grass genomes and its evolution. PLoSOne 8:e54101
  • Bennetzen JL, Schmutz J, Wang H, Percifield R, Hawkins J, Pontaroli AC, Estep M, Feng L, Vaughn JN, Grimwood J, Jenkins J, Barry K, Lindquist E, Hellsten U, Deshpande S, Wang X, Wu X, Mitros T, Triplett J, Yang X, Ye C-Y, Mauro-Herrera M, Wang L, li P, Sharma M, Sharma R, Ronald PC, Panaud O, Kellogg EA, Brutnell T, Doust A, Tuskan GA, Rokhsar D, Devos KM (2012) Sequencing and analysis of a reference genome for the model plant Setaria. Nature Biotechnology 30:555-561.
  • Massa AN, Wanjugi H, Deal KR, O’Brien K, You FM, Maiti R, Chan AP, Gu YQ, Luo MC, Anderson OA, Rabinowicz PD, Dvorak J, Devos KM (2011) Gene space dynamics during the evolution of Aegilops tauschii, Brachypodium distachyon, Oryza sativa, and Sorghum bicolor genomes.  Mol Biol Evol 28:2537-2547