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Sara Moayedi Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Sara Moayedi successfully defended her cereal science Ph.D. on July 14, 2020. Her thesis is titled Genotype and Environmental Effects on Quality Traits of Durum Wheat Grown in North Dakota. Her advisor is Dr. Frank Manthey.
Sara Moayedi Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Sara Moayedi (right) with advisor Dr. Frank Manthey

August 13, 2020

Sara Moayedi successfully defended her cereal science Ph.D. on July 14, 2020. Her thesis is titled Genotype and Environmental Effects on Quality Traits of Durum Wheat Grown in North Dakota. Her advisor is Dr. Frank Manthey.

Moayedi researched durum genotypes grown in various locations in North Dakota. Her results showed that environment affected quality factors such as grain test weight, 1000-kernel weight, grain protein content, vitreous kernel content, falling number, semolina protein content, semolina extraction rate, pasta color and pasta cooking quality, while grain yellow pigment, semolina yellowness, gluten index and mixogram peak time were affected mostly by genotype. 

Before attending North Dakota State University, Moayedi completed a B.S. degree in Food Science and Technology at Azad University-Science and Research Branch in Tehran, Iran, and a M.S. degree in Food Science and Technology at Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in Gorgan, Iran.

Moayedi says she chose NDSU for her Ph.D. because of the emphasis on “conducting valuable research projects that increase possibilities for finding jobs in the same area of studying.” She says she applied to work with her advisor, Dr. Frank Manthey, “because I was impressed by his research.” She would like to teach and research in an academic setting.  

During her graduate studies, Moayedi was active in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI), serving as the Product Development Chair in 2016. She also worked as a food safety intern at AGT Foods in Minot, ND, and as a quality control intern at Firebird Artisan Mills in Harvey, ND. In addition, she received the following scholarships.

  • NDSU Cereal Science Len Sibbit Memorial Scholarship (2016 and 2019)

  • AACCI Travel Award (2015, 2016 and 2017)

Her graduate committee included Manthey, Dr. Elias Elias, Dr. Jae-Bom Ohm, Dr. Senay Simsek and Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, 
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, 

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