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Mingyi Zhang Defends Ph.D. dissertation

Mingyi Zhang successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation research in Genomics and Bioinformatics on January 22, 2020. The title of her dissertation is Homoeologous Recombination-based Chromosome Engineering for Physical Mapping and Introgression in Wheat and Its Relatives Aegilops Speltoides and Thinopyrum Elongatum. She is advised by Xiwen Cai.
Mingyi Zhang Defends Ph.D. dissertation

Mingyi Zhang (right) and advisor Dr. Xiwen Cai

February 4, 2020

Mingyi Zhang defended her Ph.D. dissertation research in Genomics and Bioinformatics on January 22, 2020. Along with her successful defense, Zhang presented an exit seminar on her dissertation work, Homoeologous Recombination-based Chromosome Engineering for Physical Mapping and Introgression in Wheat and its Relatives Aegilops Speltoides and Thinopyrum Elongatum. She is advised by Xiwen Cai, professor and project leader in wheat genetics and cytology.

Zhang developed and identified wheat-alien introgression lines for wheat genome diversification and physical mapping for wheat B genome chromosomes. Her work offers a unique physical framework for further wheat genome studies and diversifies the wheat genome for germplasm development in wheat breeding.

Zhang is from Shandong, China, where she obtained her undergraduate degree before attending Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, to earn her M.S. Her interest in NDSU developed due to Cai’s research in wheat cytogenetics. Zhang said her project team has been very supportive and helpful. She recommends other students join what she calls “this big family” at the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences to pursue their research.

Zhang’s graduate committee included Cai, Phillip McClean, Steven Xu, Justin Faris, and Zhaohui Liu.

Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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