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Elina Adhikari receives Women in Triticum Award

Elina Adhikari

Elina Adhikari was chosen to receive the 2021 Women in Triticum Early Career Award. Dr. Adhikari received her Ph.D. from K-State in the Fall of 2020 while working under Eduard Akhunov.

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Joel Steyer selected to receive a Graduate Cancer Research Award

Joel SteyerJoel Steyer, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Richard Todd, was chosen to receive a Cancer Research Award.

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Eduard Akhunov named University Distinguished Professor

Eduard AkhunovEduard Akhunov specializes in bread wheat genetics and developing new resources and tools for improving this vital crop. In his research, he uses next-generation sequencing technologies, bioinformatics, high-throughput phenotyping, molecular genetics and genome editing to develop germplasm with improved disease resistance, grain quality and yield potential.

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Upasana Dhakal receives International Student Scholarship

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Barbara Valent awarded 2021 Iman Outstanding Faculty Award

Barbara ValentBarbara Valent was chosen to receive the Iman Award for her contributions to the educational experience and research while at K-State. Dr. Valent is a University Distinguished Professor at K-State, and is a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). Dr. Valent has studied the rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe  oryzae) for more than 40 years, and is currently focusing on a pathotype of this fungus that infects wheat.

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Two doctoral students among 6 recognized for research presentations.

Upasana Dhakal and Nar Ranabhat, both doctoral students, were selected to win for their presentations and posters at the 2021 K-GRAD forum.

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Jesse Poland promoted to professor

Jesse PolandJesse Poland is Associate Professor at Kansas State University and serves as Director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center and Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics.

His research is focused on wheat genetics and germplasm improvement. They are currently developing new marker technologies for use in breeding and association genetics. They are also focused on developing germplasm with resistance to important diseases of wheat; stem rust, stripe rust and leaf rust, hessian fly and barley yellow dwarf as well as abiotic stress tolerance to heat and drought. In collaboration with public breeding programs, they are implementing the use of genomic selection methods in wheat breeding. They are developing field-based high throughput phenotyping platforms to accelerate basic and applied genomics and breeding research.

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