David Van Sanford

David Van Sanford

Professional Profile

Areas of Interest:  Wheat breeding: development of improved cultivars of soft red winter wheat for Kentucky.  Specific research foci include the inheritance of resistance to Fusarium head blight, breeding for adaptation to climate change and identification of genetic factors associated with nitrogen use efficiency.

2018-2019 University of Kentucky Research Professorship Award Recipient


  • 1981, PhD Genetics, North Carolina State University
  • 1978, MS Crop Science, Colorado State University
  • 1973, BS Crop Science, Oregon State University