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New Soybean Breeder Joins Department of Plant Sciences

Dr. Carrie Miranda was hired as an assistant professor and leader of the soybean breeding program in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University.
New Soybean Breeder Joins Department of Plant Sciences

Dr. Carrie Miranda

September 15, 2020

A new soybean breeder joined the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University. Dr. Carrie Miranda was hired as an assistant professor and leader of the soybean breeding program beginning August 28, 2020.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Miranda earned a B.S. in biology at Cleveland State University. After volunteering with AmeriCorps in national and state parks throughout Arizona and teaching English in Seoul, Korea, she returned to the United States to complete her master’s degree in cell and molecular biology at San Diego State University. She completed her Ph.D. in plant breeding, genetics, and genomics at the University of Missouri.

Following graduation, Dr. Miranda worked as a pea breeder for Puris Foods in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Prior to joining NDSU, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDSA-ARS) stationed at the University of Missouri, where she used bioinformatic tools to facilitate the discovery of candidate genes for traits of interest.

Dr. Miranda’s goals for the soybean breeding program at NDSU are to produce high yielding varieties while discovering new genetic mechanisms for useful traits to ensure North Dakota farmers have access to superior soybean varieties.

“We look forward to Dr. Miranda joining the department and working with scientists, producers and growers with the common interest of developing and improving soybean varieties,” says Rich Horsley, Plant Sciences department head.

In addition to soybean breeding, Dr. Miranda will teach the PLSC 444 Applied Plant Breeding and Research Methods beginning in the fall of 2021.

Dr. Miranda succeeds longtime soybean breeder Dr. Ted Helms, who retired in June 2020. (Read about his career.)

"I look forward to continuing Ted Helms’s excellence in soybean breeding and ensuring North Dakota farmers have superior varieties available,” says Dr. Miranda.  “I will add new technology to the program including marker assisted breeding to expedite variety release and discover new sources of traits.  I am grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the soybean research community and to benefit North Dakota farmers.”

Visit Dr. Miranda’s faculty web page at: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/people/faculty/miranda 

Learn more about the soybean breeding program at: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/research/soybean

Source: Dr. Carrie Miranda,
Editor: Kamie Beeson,

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