Introducing our SCPRID-funded PhD students

MitalyMitaly Bansal – PhD Student at Punjab Agricultural University, India

Mitaly graduated with a BSc from Punjab University, before completing an MSc in Biotechnology at Punjab Agricultural University. In 2013 she was awarded a fellowship from the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program to pursue her PhD at PAU. Her research is focused onfine mapping and isolation of the stripe rust resistance gene YrU and the leaf rust resistance gene LrU, both introgressed into wheat from the wild relative Aegilops umbellulata.

DeepikaDeepika Narang – PhD Student at Punjab Agricultural University, India

Deepika’s research focuses on the characterisation and cloning of two genes conditioning stripe rust and leaf rust resistance, respectively, and introgressed into wheat from the wild relative Aegilops variabilis. Deepika obtained a BSc in Biotechnology from Punjab University in 2009, and was awarded a Pioneer Hi-Bred Research International Scholarship in 2010 to pursue an MSc in Biotechnology at Punjab Agricultural University. Prior to starting her PhD she worked for seven months as a Research Fellow in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, on marker-assisted selection to breed wheat with resistance to multiple diseases.

sisaySisay Kidane Alemu – PhD Student at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; and Associate Researcher at Agricultural Biotechnology Research Laboratory, Holleta, Ethiopia

Sisay has worked for ten years as a researcher inphytopathology and plant breeding/genetics in the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural research. He is currently located at the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Lab in Holleta, where he works on identifying and mapping new sources of resistance to wheat stem and stripe rust. In his PhD he plans to use association mapping to characterise stripe rust resistance in Ethiopian tetraploid wheats. Sisay obtained a BSc in 2003 in Plant Production and Dry Land Farming from Hawassa University, Ethiopia, and an MSc in 2008 in Plant Sciences from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

MercyMercy Wamalwa – PhD Student at Eggerton University, Kenya

Mercy graduated from Eggerton University with a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Agronomy (Plant Breeding). Mercy’s PhD research focuses on identifying and characterising new sources of resistance effective against stripe rust. Later, she plans to transfer and pyramid the genes underlying this resistance into well-adapted Kenyan wheat varieties.