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Debjyoti Sen Gupta Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Debjyoti Sen Gupta defended his Cereal Science Ph.D. dissertation, Genetic and Phenotypic Assessment of Iron and Folate Concentration in Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.), on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Debjyoti Sen Gupta Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Debjyoti Sen Gupta (left) with adviser Dr. Kevin McPhee

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Debjyoti Sen Gupta defended his Cereal Science Ph.D. research on November 12, 2015. His dissertation is titled Genetic and Phenotypic Assessment of Iron and Folate Concentration in Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.). His project focused on phenotyping for iron and other minerals and folate concentration with the goal of improving nutrient presence in lentil cultivars.

The results of Sen Gupta’s research on cultivated and wild lentils showed lentil is a folate rich crop with significant diversity for iron and other minerals. Molecular markers were developed for three key genes in iron’s metabolic pathway in lentil. Significant differential gene expressions for these genes were observed under excess iron supply. Results of these studies contributed to a broad understanding of the genetic variation; environmental influence on, and expression of, genes related to micronutrient; and vitamin concentration and metabolism in lentil. This knowledge will contribute to the development of improved cultivars.

Sen Gupta is a student member of the Crop Science Society of America, Institute of Food Technologists, and American Chemical Society. He received several scholarships and awards during his time at NDSU including the Netaji-Subhas ICAR International Fellowship from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research and the 3rd Best Poster Award in the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo 2013. He chose NDSU for his Ph.D. program because of the well-run and equipped lentil biofortification and quality breeding research program in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Following degree completion at NDSU, Sen Gupta will return to India and his role as a scientist with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Kanpur.

Debjyoti Sen Gupta’s graduate committee consists of Dr. Clifford Hall III, Dr. Joel Caton, Dr. James Hammond, Dr. Rebecca McGee, and Dr. Shiv Kumar. His adviser is Dr. Kevin McPhee.

Source: Debjyoti Sen Gupta (contact Dr. Kevin McPhee, 701-231-8156, )
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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