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Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi presented her Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, Identification and Validation of a New Source of Low Grain Cadmium Accumulation in Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum (Defs.)), on March 24, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi (right) with adviser Dr. Elias Elias

April 7, 2017

Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi Ph.D. Dissertation Video

Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi presented her Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, Identification and Validation Of A New Source of Low Grain Cadmium Accumulation In Durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum (Defs.)), on March 24, 2017 at North Dakota State University.

Oladzad Abbasabadi researched durum wheat cultivars with low Cadmium (Cd) uptake, specifically to identify Single Nucleotide Polymorphism(s) associated with a low Cd uptake in the durum experimental line D041735. This line was developed by the NDSU durum breeding program by crossing hexaploid and durum wheat. She concluded that the D041735 experimental line is a novel source of low Cd uptake in durum wheat germplasms where the major gene is likely introduced from hexaploid wheat.

Oladzad Abbasabadi chose NDSU because it is a top-ranked university for agriculture and plant breeding. She enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and mutual learning environment for professors and students. She also liked working with Distinguished Professor Dr. Elias M. Elias in the largest public durum breeding program in United States.

During her time at NDSU, Oladzad Abbasabadi was awarded the Charles and Linda Moses Presidential Graduate Fellowship (2013, 2014) and the Frank Bain Scholarship (2015, 2016). In recognition of her high scholarship and outstanding achievement, she was awarded membership in Gamma Sigma Delta (2015). She served as vice president and treasurer of the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association, as well as vice president of the Persian Association at NDSU.

Oladzad Abbasabadi’s graduate committee members were Dr. Phillip McClean, Dr. Shiaoman Chao, Dr. Justin Faris, and Dr. Samuel Markell. Her adviser was Dr. Elias M. Elias.

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