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Robert Brueggeman

Bob Brueggeman
Robert A. Nilan Endowed Chair in Barley Research and Education
Associate Professor

215 Johnson Hall
PO Box 646420
Pullman, WA  99164-6420

Phone: 509-335-3644

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • 2009 – Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Ph.D. Crop Sciences
  • 2004 – Washington State University, Pullman, WA, M.S. Crop Sciences
  • 1998 – Washington State University, Pullman, WA, B.S. Genetics and Cell Biology, minors in Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology
  • 1994 – Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA, A.A degree


The focus of my breeding program as the Robert A. Nilan Endowed Chair in Barley Research and Education is the development of high-quality spring and winter malting barley varieties that are widely adapted to diverse regions of Washington State. We will also continue developing varieties for the feed and food markets as well. My basic research projects utilize molecular genetics, genomics and functional analysis tools to explore the mechanisms underlying biotic and abiotic stress resistances in barley. The genes and signaling pathways my team is focusing on are important to production in the growing regions of Washington State and the greater inland northwest. The knowledge and molecular tools developed can be translated to the field through targeted breeding efforts aided by genetic marker-based and genomic selection strategies.


  1. Restrepo-Montoya, D., R.S. Brueggeman, P. McClean, and J.M. Osorno. 2020. Computational identification of receptor-like kinases “RLK” and receptor-like proteins “RLP” in legumes. BMC Genomics 21(1) DOI: 10.1186/s12864-020-6844-z.
  2. Solanki, S., G. Ameen, J. Zhao, J. Flatten, P. Borowicz, and R.S. Brueggeman. 2020. Visualization of spatial gene expression in plants by modified RNAscope fluorescent in situ hybridization. Plant Methods 16(1) DOI: 10.1186/s13007-020-00614-4
  3. Sanyal, D., S. Solanki, G. Ameen, R.S. Brueggeman, and A. Chatterjee. 2020. Understanding the expression dynamics of symbiont rhizobial nifH and nitrogen assimilatory NR and GS genes in dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) genotypes at various growth stages. Legume Science DOI: 10.1002/leg3.26
  4. Gyawali, S., A. Reda, R.P.S. Verma, R.S. Brueggeman, S. Rehman, L. Belqadi, M. Arbaoui, P. Tamang, and M. Singh. 2020. Seedling and adult stage resistance to net form of net blotch (NFNB) in spring barley and stability of adult stage resistance to NFNB in Morocco. Journal of Phytopathology 168(39) DOI: 1111/jph.12887.
  5. Abraham, N., P. Chitampalam, B.D. Nelson, R. Sharma Poudel, K. Chittem, P. Borowiccz, R.S. Brueggeman, S. Jain, and J.M. LeBoldus. 2019. Microscopic, Biochemical, and Molecular Comparisons of Moderately Resistant and Susceptible Populus Genotypes Inoculated with Sphaerulina musiva. Phytopathology 109(12) DOI:10.1094/PHYTO-03-19-0105-R
  6. Haque, M.E., M. Bloomquist, M.Z.R. Bhuiyan, T. Gross, P. Hakk, Y. Leng, Y. Liu, S. Zhong, R.S. Brueggeman, R. Sharma Poudel, and M. Kahn. 2019. First Report of Alternaria Leaf Spot Caused by Alternaria tenuissima on Sugar Beet (Beta vulgaris) in Minnesota, USA. Plant Disease DOI:10.1094/PDIS-03-19-0603-R
  7. Aoun, M., J.A. Kolmer, M. Breiland, J. Richards, R.S. Brueggeman, L.J. Szabo, and M. Acevedo. 2019. Genotyping-by-Sequencing for the Study of Genetic Diversity in Puccinia triticina. Plant Disease 104(3) DOI:10.1094/PDIS-09-19-1890-RE
  8. Wyatt, N., J. Richards, R. Brueggeman, and T. Friesen. 2019. A Comparative Genomic Analysis of the Barley Pathogen Pyrenophora teres f. teres Identifies Subtelomeric Regions as Drivers of Virulence. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 33(2) DOI:10.1094/MPMI-05-19-0128-R
  9. Clare, S., N. Wyatt, N., R.S. Brueggeman, and T. Friesen. 2019. Research advances in the Pyrenophora teres–barley interaction. Molecular Plant Pathology 21(2) DOI:10.1111/mpp.12896
  10. Sharma Poudel, R., J. Richards, S. Shestha, S. Solanki, and R.S. Brueggeman. 2019. Transcriptome-wide association study identifies putative elicitors/suppressor of Puccinia graminis sp. tritici that modulate barley rpg4-mediated stem rust resistance. BMC Genomics 20(1) doi: 10.1186/s12864-019-6368-7.

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