Jatinder S. Sangha

Image Jatinder Singh Sangha
Research Scientist
  • Crop Physiology (Abiotic and Biotic Stresses)

  • Seed Quality

  • High-throughput Phenotyping (Phenomics)

  • Marker Assisted Breeding

  • Host Plant Resistance

Current research and/or projects

  • End-use quality analysis: Quality testing for selection of better performing wheat lines from breeding programs

  • Developing a cost effective protocol to detect DON in wheat seeds using NIR spectrometer

  • Understanding physiological mechanisms underlying differences in grain protein and grain yield of spring wheat sister lines

  • Physiological characterization of wheat genotypes for grain yield under irrigated and drought stress conditions

Research and/or project statements

Vision: Develop a top-ranked wheat physiology lab for fundamental and applied research for improving cereal quality and yield through efficient phenotyping and physiological understanding of traits contributing to crop performance in diverse environments (photosynthetic efficiency, C-N partitioning to seed, stress tolerance).


  1. To improve efficiency of screening seed quality traits for early generation breeding material

  2. Efficiency and effectiveness of moving C from leaves to seeds: Optimizing photosynthetic capture and C-N partitioning in wheat for better seed quality.

  3. Minimizing wheat seed quality losses from DON, PHS and other conditions (ex. herbicides):

  4. Establishing state-of-the-art phenotyping facility for characterizing plant root and shoot traits in wheat (Phenomics).

  5. Elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying wheat plant tolerance to environmental stresses and identifying proteins and molecular markers linked with physiological traits

Professional activities / interests

  • Involved in ‘Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group (Wheat Phenotyping to Support Wheat Improvement)’.

  • Mentoring students

  • Reviewing manuscripts for peer journals

  • Participate in scientific committees for advancement of science

Education and awards

Ph.D. Agriculture (Entomology/ Plant Pathology/Genetics) - (Feb 2006) University of the Philippines, Los Banos/ International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Thesis: Protein expression profiling of rice mutants (Oryza sativa L.) in response to brown planthopper (Nilaparvatha lugens Stal) infestation

M.Sc. Agriculture- (July 1998) Punjab Agricultural University, India

B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.)- (June 1995) Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India


  •  Atlantic Innovation Funding (AIF) for Post-Doctoral research (April 2013-March 2014)
  •  Awarded NSERC- Industrial Research Development Fellowship (IRDF) Synergy award (2010-2012) ($50,000/yr)
  •  Awarded scholarship by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for Ph.D. thesis research at IRRI, Philippines (2001-2006) ($500/mo)

International experience and/or work

  • Research Fellow at Punjab Agricultural University, India (1998-2000)
  • Research Scholar at International Rice Research Institute, Philippines (2000-2006)
  • Research Officer at Temasek Lifesciences Laboratories, Singapore (2006-2008)

Key publications

  1. Berraies, S., Knox, R., Cuthbert, R., Henriquez, M.A., Ouellet, T., Balcerzak, M., Blackwell, B., Bhadauria, V., Meyer, B., Ruan, Y., and Sangha, J. 2018. Molecular mapping of QTL for Fusarium graminearum biomass and deoxynivalenol accumulation in spring wheat grain. Joint 9th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight and 4th Canadian Wheat Symposium, Winnipeg, November 19-22, 2018.

    2018 - View publication details

Research facility

1 Airport Road
Swift Current, SK S9H 3X2


  • Member, Canadian Society of Plant Biologists
  • Member, Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT)
  • Member, Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group (Wheat Phenotyping to Support Wheat Improvement)