Wheat is a staple that feeds the world's population, and Bikram S.
Gill, an international expert in wheat research, heads a team responsible for mapping the genome of the wheat plant so breeders can create new varieties of wheat with specific desirable characteristics, like more resistance to disease and insects.
Gill received his bachelor's and master's degrees in botany from Punjab University in India, and his doctorate in genetics from the University of California.
He has been at K-State since 1979.
Gill is a member of the American Phytopathological Society, Agronomy and Crop Science Societies of America, and the Genetics Society of America.
Gill can be reached at 785-532-1391, 785-776-5962 or by e-mail at bsg@k-state.
Source: Bikram Gill, 785-532-1391, bsgill@k-state.
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
K-STATE'S WHEAT GENETICS EXPERT HEAVILY RELIED UPON BY SCIENTIFIC PEERS
MANHATTAN -- Bikram Gill, university distinguished professor of plant pathology and director of Kansas State University's Wheat Genetic and Genomic Resources Center, recently learned that his colleagues around the world rely on his work -- literally.
Gill is listed on ISIHighlyCited.
Thomson Scientific's ISIHighlyCited.co… is a free, publicly available Web site intended to highlight the world's most cited authors from the last two decades and to create a network of highly cited researchers across diverse disciplines.
Gill is an international expert in wheat who has dedicated more than 30 years to researching the food staple's genetics.
"If your publications are cited often by your colleagues all over the world then it means your research is significant and others are making further advances based on your work," Gill said.
At the very least, Gill says he's obligated to publish at least twice a year -- which he's obviously surpassed.
"A large number of publications is an indication of productivity," Gill said.
Gill has been at K-State since 1979.
John Leslie, head of K-State's department of plant pathology, praised Gill's work.
"Bikram Gill's work lays the foundation on which wheat research around the world depends," Leslie said.
In addition to being "highly cited," articles out of Gill's laboratory also rank among the most cited in three of the most respected journals in his field, according to statistics compiled by researchers in Gill's lab.