Deven See

Deven See

Adjunct FacultyResearch Geneticist 509-335-3630 Clark Hall 

Research Specialty and Interests

  • Molecular genetics in wheat
  • Gene discovery
  • Mapping and pre-breeding implementation stripe rust resistance genes in wheat
  • Discovery and characterizing of adaptation genes
  • Characterizing chromosomal regions responsible for genome evolution in wheat


  • Ph.D., Kansas State University,Molecular Biology/Plant Pathology, 2006
  • M.S., Montana State University, Genetics, 2000
  • B.S., Montana State University, Biology, 1998

Professional Experience and Activities


  • Adjunct Professor, Plant Pathology, Washington State University, 2007 – Present


  • Zurn J. D, Newcomb M, Rouse M. N, Jin Y, Chao S, Sthapit J, See D. R, Wanyera R, Njau P, Bonman J. M, Brueggeman R, and Avevedo, M. 2014. High density mapping of a resistance gene to Ug99 from the Iranian landrace PI 626573. Molecular Breeding 34:871-881.
  • Sthapit J, Newcomb M, Bonman J. M, Chen X, and See D. R. 2014. Genetic diversity for stripe rust resistance in wheat landraces and identification of accessions with resistance to stem rust and stripe rust. Crop Science 54:2131-2139.
  • Cavanagh C, Chao S, WangS, HuangB, KianiS, ForrestK, SaintenacC, Brown-GuediraG, AkhunovaA, SeeD, BaiG, BowdenR, PumphreyM, TalbertL, AndersonJ, DreisigackerS, BaenzigerS, CarterA, KorzunV, DvorakJ, DubcovskyJ, SorrellsM, HaydenM, Akhunov E. 2013. Genome-wide comparative diversity uncovers multiple targets of selection for improvement in hexaploid wheat landraces and cultivars. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 110: 8057 – 8062.
  • Cheng P, Chen X, Xu L, See D. 2012. Development and characterization of expressed sequence tag-derived microsatellite markers for the wheat stripe rust fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici. Mol. Ecol. Res. 12:779-781.
  • Beecher B, Carter A, See D. 2011. Genetic mapping of new seed-expressed polyphenol oxidase genes in wheat Triticum aestivum. Theor. Appl. Genet. 124: 1463-1473.
  • Kuraparthy V, Sood S, See D, and Gill B. 2009. Development of a PCR assay and marker-assisted transfer of leaf rust and stripe rust resistance genes Lr57 and Yr40 into hard red winter wheats. Crop Sci 49: 1-7.
  • Sherman JD, Souza E, See D, and Talbert L. 2008. Microsatellite markers for kernel color genes in wheat. Crop Sci 48: 1419-1424.
  • See D, Brooks SA, Nelson J, Brown-Guedira G, Friebe B, and Gill B.  2006. Gene evolution at the ends of chromosomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 103:4162-4167.
  • See D, Giroux M, and Gill BS.  2004.  The effect of multiple copies of puroindoline genes on grain softness.  Crop Sci 44:1248-1253.
  • See D, Kanazin V, Kephart K, and Blake T. 2002. Mapping genes controlling variation in barley grain protein concentration.  Crop Sci 42:680-685.