Raman Dhariwal, M.Sc. (Ag.), M.Phil., Ph.D.

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Research Biologist

Trait discovery and breeding of spring wheat and triticale at the interface of modern molecular biology, genetics, genomics, statistical analyses and bioinformatics.

Current research and/or projects

Development of breeder friendly gene markers for selection

QTL/gene mapping for resistance to cereal diseases and agronomic traits 

Development of high yielding CPS wheat cultivars for western Canada 

Research and/or project statements

To support spring wheat and triticale breeding research program

Identification and characterization of disease resistance in spring wheat and triticale

Professional activities / interests

My current research interest lies in the identification and molecular characterization of genes/QTL that make wheat plants more resilient against different biotic stresses. In particular, I am focusing on unscrambling the genetic and molecular basis of resistance and other mechanisms against various devastating diseases (i.e. Fusarium head blight, loose smut, common bunt and cereal rusts) and insect (i.e. Sawfly) important to Canadian wheat.

Education and awards

Education

Ph.D. Genetics and Plant Breeding, Ch. Charan Singh University, 2012

 

Honors & Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Alberta

Jul 2016

 

NSERC Visiting Fellowship

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Jul 2013

 

Best oral presentation award

Punjab Agricultural University

International conference

Nov 2012

 

NSF Research Fellowship

National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

May 2011

 

DBT Senior Research Fellowship

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India

Dec 2009

 

Research Student Representative of the Year 2009

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

Jan 2009

 

Highest Ranking Student of M.Phil.-2008 batch

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

Jul 2008

 

DBT Junior Research Fellowship

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India

Dec 2007

 

Highest Ranking Student of M.Sc.-2007 batch

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

Jul 2007

International experience and/or work

Punjab Agricultural University, India

Project/research:

BREAD (Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development): an alternating dwarfing gene system to improve abiotic stress tolerance in cereals.

May 2011 – Jun 2013

 

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India

Project/research:

Analysis of host-pathogen interaction in leaf rust infection of wheat: a tanscriptomic approach

Dec 2007 – May 2011

 

Development of PCR based molecular markers in jute crop

Dec 2007 – Mar 2011

 

Molecular characterization of drought tolerance signaling (two-component system)

Dec 2007 – Mar 2011

 

Marker aided selection (MAS) for leaf rust resistance and pre-harvest sprouting in bread wheat.

Dec 2007 – Dec 2009

 

A study of sodium azide induced chromosomal aberrations in rice (Oryza sativa)

Jul 2005 – Jul 2007

 

Key publications

  1. Brar, G.S., Dhariwal, R., Randhawa, H.S. (2018). Resistance evaluation of differentials and commercial wheat cultivars to stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis) infection in hot spot regions of Canada, 152(2), 493-502. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10658-018-1446-3

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