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Wesam AbuHammad Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

AbuHammad's research will be used in the Durum Breeding program for the future selection of low cadmium uptake lines. In the future, he plans to conduct further durum wheat breeding research projects to expand his background in plant breeding and genetics.
Wesam AbuHammad Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Wesam AbuHammad (right) with adviser Dr. Elias Elias

Wesam AbuHammad, Ph.D. recipient in Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University, presented his exit seminar on his thesis, Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Low Cadmium Uptake Gene in Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var. durum), Friday, December 13. His research focused on the identification of quantitative trait loci associated with low cadmium uptake locus in durum wheat and will be used in the Durum Breeding program for the future selection of the low cadmium uptake lines.

AbuHammad is from Jordan and earned his undergraduate degree from Aleppo University in Syria. He earned his M.S. and worked as a Visiting Scientist in Plant Sciences at NDSU. While at NDSU he earned membership in Gamma Sigma Delta, received several scholarships, and was granted the American Association of Cereal Chemists Travel Award. He has also joined the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America.

In the future, Dr. AbuHammad plans to conduct further durum wheat breeding research projects to expand his background in plant breeding and genetics.

Wesam AbuHammad’s graduate committee included Dr. Frank Manthey, Dr. Mohamed Mergoum, Dr. Seung Won Hyun and adviser Dr. Elias Elias.

Source: Wesam AbuHammad (contact Dr. Elias Elias, 701-231-8159, elias.elias@ndsu.edu)
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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