Dr. Khush received a Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of California, Davis in 1960.  He was a postdoctoral scientist at the UC Davis for seven years and worked on tomato genetics. In 1967, he joined IRRI as a Rice Breeder.  After his retirement from IRRI in 2002, he returned to his alma mater and accepted an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Plant Sciences Department.  He is now an Adjunct Professor Emeritus.

2018 UC Davis Medal Recipient 

       Plant Breeding for Food Security:  The Global Impact of Plant Genetics in Rice Production

On Thursday, May 28th, 2018 the Plant Breeding Center in collaboration with the Confucius Institute, hosted the Plant breeding for Food Sesymposium.symposium focused on the global impact of plant genetics to rice production in honor of the work of UC Davis Alumnus and Adjunct Professor, Dr. Gurdev Khush.  Over 200 guest came from all over the world to attend the day-long symposium to discuss the advances of global production in rice, wheat,  tomato, the future obstacles that face an ever-growing world population, and the technologies that will revolutionize farming and food production.

The symposium concluded with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gurdev Khush Conference Room in the Plant Reproductive Biology building.  Several members of the Khush family attended, along with many of Dr. Khush's colleagues and fans.  UC Davis faculty spoke at the dedication, including Chair of the Plant Sciences Department, Chris van Kessel, Drs. Kent Bradford, Alan Bennett, and Gurdev Khush himself. (Amanda Pietras)