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Maneka Malalgoda Defends M.S. Thesis

Maneka Malalgoda defended her Cereal Science M.S. thesis, "Investigation of Protein Composition in Historical and Modern Hard Red Spring Wheat Cultivars" on Friday, March 18, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Maneka Malalgoda Defends M.S. Thesis

Maneka Malagoda (right) with adviser Dr. Senay Simsek

April 13, 2016

Maneka Malalgoda defended her Cereal Science M.S. research on March 18, 2016. Her thesis is titled, Investigation of Protein Composition in Historical and Modern Hard Red Spring Wheat Cultivars. She looked at 30 hard red spring wheat (HRSW) cultivars released in North Dakota over a period of 100 years.

Malalgoda’s first research objective was to determine how protein quality characteristics in HRSW changed over the last century, and how these changes correlated with protein composition. Second, she conducted cluster analysis to determine how cultivars cluster according to the parentage of the cultivars and protein separation data. Finally, peptides causing celiac disease were examined for changes in terms of celiac disease toxicity in historical and modern hard red spring wheat.

Malalgoda was a 2016 3 Minute Thesis finalist in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources, winner of the Best Student Research Paper competition at the 2015 American Association of Cereal Chemists International, and was awarded the Cereal Science Program’s Len Sibbit Scholarship for the 2014-15 school year. She has accepted a Ph.D. position in the Department of Plant Sciences Cereal Science Program and will continue graduate studies with Dr. Senay Simsek following completion of her Master’s Degree.

Malalgoda’s graduate committee consisted of Dr. Jae-Bom Ohm and Dr. Steven Meinhardt. Her adviser was Dr. Senay Simsek.

Source: Maneka Malalgoda (contact Dr. Senary Simsek, 701-231-7737, )
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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