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Gabriela Tobar Piñón Presents M.S. Seminar

Gabriela Tobar Piñón presented a seminar on her Plant Sciences M.S. research on December 8, 2017 at North Dakota State University. The title of her thesis is "Genetic Diversity of the Guatemalan Climbing Bean Collections". Her research confirmed the existence of race Guatemala in the Middle American genepool of common bean, and the usefulness of climbing bean collections for the discovery of candidate genes for important traits.
Gabriela Tobar Piñón Presents M.S. Seminar

Gabriela Tobar Piñón (left) with adviser Dr. Phil McClean

December 20, 2017

Gabriela Tobar Piñón presented a seminar on her Plant Sciences M.S. research on December 8, 2017 at North Dakota State University. The title of her thesis is Genetic Diversity of the Guatemalan Climbing Bean Collections. Her research confirmed the existence of race Guatemala in the Middle American genepool of common bean, and the usefulness of climbing bean collections for the discovery of candidate genes for important traits.

Tobar Piñón believes the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU has one of the most complete plant breeding programs in the United States and recommends it to other students interested in plant breeding.

During her graduate studies, Tobar Piñón became a member of Phi Kappa Phi and received the Linda Moses Fellowship. She also interned at the Food Sciences Department, Purdue University, Indiana.

Originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Tobar Piñón graduated from Zamorano University, Honduras, with a B.S. in Food Sciences. She will return to Guatemala to work in a genomics lab.

Dr. Phil McClean served as Tobar Piñón’s adviser and Dr. Juan Osorno, Dr. Kevin McPhee and Dr. Jill Hamilton completed her graduate committee.

Source: Gabriela Tobar Piñón
Author: Karen Hertsgaard (, 701-231-5384)
Editor: Kamie Beeson (, 701-231-7123)

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