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Baljeet Gill Defends Ph.D. Disseration

Baljeet Gill presented her Genomics and Bioinformatics Ph.D. dissertation, Identification and Introgression of Novel Genes for Stem Rust Ug99 Resistance from Relative Species of Wheat, on July 31, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Baljeet Gill Defends Ph.D. Disseration

Baljeet Gill (right) with adviser Dr. Steven Xu

September 4, 2017

Baljeet Gill presented her Genomics and Bioinformatics Ph.D. dissertation, Identification and Introgression of Novel Genes for Stem Rust Ug99 Resistance from Relative Species of Wheat, on July 31, 2017 at North Dakota State University.

Wheat stem rust is a destructive disease that can cause severe yield losses. The result of Gill’s research is the identification of two novel stem rust resistance genes, which provide resistance against Ug99 and other emerging rust races. Ug99 is a stem rust race that has overcome many important resistance genes and is recognized as a major threat to global wheat production.

While working towards her Ph.D., Gill was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture (2015).

Gill’s graduate committee members were Dr. Phillip McClean, Dr. Xiwen Cai, Dr. Justin Faris, and Dr. Zhaohui Liu. Her adviser was Dr. Steven Xu

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