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Khalil Kashkush


Ph.D., Plant Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2003

Current position

Senior Lecturer, Department of Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


  1. Feldman, M., Levy, A.A., Chalhoub, B., and Kashkush, K. (2012). Genetic and Genomic Changes in Polyploid Wheat. P. S. Soltis and D. E. Soltis (eds.), Polyploidy and Genome Evolution, Springer publisher. pp: 109-138.
  2. Yaakov, B., Ben-David, S. and Kashkush, K. (2013). Genome-wide analysis of Stowaway-like MITEs in wheat reveals high sequence conservation, gene association, and genomic diversification. Plant Physiol 161(1): 486-496.
  3. Yaakov, B. and Kashkush, K. (2012). Mobilization of Stowaway-like MITEs in newly formed allohexaploid wheat species. Plant Mol Biol 80(4-5): 419-427.    
  4. Yaakov, B., Ceylan, E., Domb, K. and Kashkush, K. (2012). Marker utility of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements for wheat biodiversity and evolution. Theor Appl Genet 124(7): 1365-1373.    
  5. Baruch, O. and Kashkush, K. (2012). Analysis of copy-number variation, insertional polymorphism, and methylation status of the tiniest class I (TRIM) and class II (MITE) transposable element families in various rice strains. Plant Cell Rep 31(5): 885-893.    
  6. Yaakov, B. and Kashkush, K. (2011). Methylation, transcription, and rearrangements of transposable elements in synthetic allopolyploids. Int J Plant Genomics 2011: 569826.    
  7. Ventura, T., Aflalo, E. D., Weil, S., Kashkush, K. and Sagi, A. (2011). Isolation and characterization of a female-specific DNA marker in the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Heredity (Edinb) 107(5): 456-461.
  8. Yaakov, B. and Kashkush, K. (2011). Massive alterations of the methylation patterns around DNA transposons in the first four generations of a newly formed wheat allohexaploid. Genome 54(1): 42-49.    
  9. Kraitshtein, Z., Yaakov, B., Khasdan, V. and Kashkush, K. (2010). Genetic and epigenetic dynamics of a retrotransposon after allopolyploidization of wheat. Genetics 186(3): 801-812.
  10. Khasdan, V., Yaakov, B., Kraitshtein, Z. and Kashkush, K. (2010). Developmental timing of DNA elimination following allopolyploidization in wheat. Genetics 185(1): 387-390.
  11. Kashkush, K. (2008). Genome-wide impact of transcriptional activation of long terminal repeat retrotransposons on the expression of adjacent host genes. Israeli Journal of Plant Sciences, 55:241-250.
  12. Kashkush, K. and Khasdan, V. (2007). Large-scale survey of cytosine methylation of retrotransposons and the impact of readout transcription from long terminal repeats on expression of adjacent rice genes. Genetics 177(4): 1975-1985.
  13. Lavi, U., Gurevitz, S., Ben Ari, G., Saada, D., Kashkush, K., Paz, T., Twito, T., Cohen, Y., Hillel, J., Simchen, G. (2006). Potential applications of modern biological techniques in breeding fruit trees. Journal of Fruit and Ornamental Plant Research, 14: 13-19.
Protocols by Khalil Kashkush
  1. Detection of DNA Methylation Changes Surrounding Transposable Elements
  2. High Resolution Detection of Genetic Changes Associated with Transposons