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José A. Rivera Dompenciel Defends Plant Sciences Ph.D. Dissertation

José A. Rivera Dompenciel successfully defended his Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, Developing a New SNP Chip for Genomic Selection in the North Dakota State University Barley Breeding Program, on March 31, 2020. He was advised by Dr. Richard Horsley.
José A. Rivera Dompenciel Defends Plant Sciences Ph.D. Dissertation

José A. Rivera Dompenciel

April 20, 2020

José A. Rivera Dompenciel successfully defended his Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, Developing a New SNP Chip for Genomic Selection in the North Dakota State University Barley Breeding Program, on March 31, 2020. He was advised by Dr. Richard Horsley, department head, professor and barley breeder.

The purpose of Rivera Dompenciel’s research is to decrease the time it takes to release new crop varieties by using phenotypic and genotypic data to predict crop performance. He developed a new single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) chip to detect genes of economic importance in breeding lines. This research will have a direct impact on the NDSU Barley Breeding Program by speeding up the selection process and breeding pipeline.

Rivera Dompenciel is from Caguas, Puerto Rico and received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy and soil science at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. He interned in the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences in summer 2010 and noticed the importance placed on crop sciences, which motivated him to attend NDSU for his master’s and doctoral studies. He says that pursuing a degree in the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences is “a great way to acquire skills important in the academic or industry environments.”

During his graduate studies at NDSU, Rivera Dompenciel interned at Corteva Agriscience in Algona, Iowa (2018), and received the Luwbia Aranda Rocha Memorial Scholarship (2015-2017). He also participated in the NDSU Hispanic Organization of Latin Americans (HOLA).

Rivera Dompenciel’s graduate committee members were Horsley, Dr. Elias M. Elias, Dr. Xuehui Li, and Dr. Jack Rasmussen.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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