Hikmet Budak received his Ph.D. degree with a major in plant breeding and genetics and with a minor in biometry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, in 2002. He worked as a Coordinator, and led grass genetics and breeding program at the same university. He is currently Professor and Winifred-Asbjornson Plant Science Chair at Montana State University. He also serves as an adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
Hikmet Budak Research interests are includes analysis of abiotic (drought and salt) and biotic stress (insects) response mechanisms of important genes and manipulation of these genes employing genomics and bioinformatics tools in wheat and relatives. He is also working on a better understanding of gene transmission and silencing and miRNAs.