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Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez Defends Cereal Science Ph.D. Thesis

Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez defended his Cereal Science Ph.D. dissertation, "Metabolite Profiling of Hard Red Spring Wheat (Triticum aestivum) Inoculated with Fusarium graminearum utilizing Ultra High Pressure Liquid Chromatography-quadrupole Time of Flight/Mass Spectrometry" on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez Defends Cereal Science Ph.D. Thesis

Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez (right) with adviser Dr. Senay Simsek

Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez dissertation video

Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez defended his Cereal Science Ph.D. research on April 2, 2015. His dissertation is titled Metabolite Profiling of Hard Red Spring Wheat (Triticum aestivum) Inoculated with Fusarium graminearum utilizing Ultra High Pressure Liquid Chromatography-quadrupole Time of Flight/Mass Spectrometry.

The purpose of his research was development of a method to detect metabolites produced in wheat infected with Fusarium head blight. He tested a resistant and susceptible near isogenic line pair, and three cultivars. Potential identification of the promising compounds was performed using MS/MS.

Interesting research opportunities and the Cereal Science faculty led Gracia-Gonzalez to NDSU following previous degree work at the University of Nuevo León, Mexico. In the future he plans to develop a career that will allow him utilization of his degree in Cereal Science and his background in Microbiology.

Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez’s graduate committee consisted of Dr. Paul Schwarz, Dr. Mohammed Mergoum, and Dr. Steven Meinhardt. His adviser was Dr. Senay Simsek.

Source: Gerardo Gracia-Gonzalez (contact Dr. Senay Simsek, 701-231-7737, senay.simsek@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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