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Ali Soltani Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Soltani's research focused on genetic diversity present in wheat cytoplasm. He has begun working as a post-doctoral research fellow in dry bean breeding and genetics under Dr. Juan Osorno and plans to become more involved in plant breeding.
Ali Soltani Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Ali Soltani (center) with advisers Shahryar Kianian (left) and Mohamed Mergoum

On September 5, 2014, Ali Soltani presented a seminar on his Ph.D. research on genetic diversity present in wheat cytoplasm. His research showed that cytoplasmic genetic diversity is narrow in domesticated wheat cultivars, however, this limiting factor can be improved by using alloplasmic lines. Furthermore, his research results showed that changing the cytoplasmic genomes is associated with epigenetic variation and expression differences of particular nuclear genes. 

Soltani, after receiving his M.S. from the University of Tehran, Iran, joined NDSU’s Department of Plant Sciences as part of Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholar Program. When asked why he chose NDSU, Soltani mentions his enthusiasm to be involved in experiments that embrace a combination of applied and standard research styles. Soltani advises future students in plant sciences to develop a set of diverse skills including field, lab, statistic, and bioinformatics skills, as well as interpersonal and leadership skills, and maintaining good ethics in scientific research efforts and work.

Soltani has begun working as a post-doctoral research fellow in dry bean breeding and genetics at NDSU under Dr. Juan Osorno and plans to become more involved in plant breeding.

Ali Soltani’s graduate committee included Dr. Shahryar Kianian, Dr. Michael Christoffers, Dr. Glenn Dorsam, and adviser, Dr. Mohamed Mergoum.

Source: Ali Soltani, ali.soltani@ndsu.edu
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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