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Hannah Worral

Research Specialist

Tel. (701) 857-7677
Fax (701) 857-7676

Hannah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from North Dakota State University in 2012 with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. While there, she worked with the molecular genetics team at the USDA-ARS on campus to imprHannaove sunflower cultivars through the incorporation of disease resistance genes from wild accession. She also explored the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for abdominal appendage development in male black scavenger flies.

Following graduation from NDSU, she went on to receive a Master of Science in Genetics and Genomics from Iowa State University in 2017 where her research focused on improving maize for niche markets including the release of 9 quality protein maize (QPM) lines, investigations into the underlying genetic components of gametophytic cross-incompatibility, and the development of a pseudo-graphical user interface (pGUI) to facilitate the analysis of genetic and genomic data. 

Now, she works alongside the pulse crops breeder in Fargo and an able-bodied team in Minot to develop improved cultivars of chickpea, field pea, and lentil for growers across North Dakota.

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