Jyoti Saini Sharma

2019 Women in Triticum Early Career Award

Jyoti Saini Sharma hails from India, where she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biotechnology. Her first opportunity to work on wheat fungal diseases came in 2010 with assistant molecular biologist Satinder Kaur at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India. During her tenure as a research fellow, she worked on genotypic and phenotypic characterization of leaf rust, stripe rust, and powdery mildew resistance genes in wheat. In 2013, she enrolled in the Genomics and Bioinformatics PhD program at North Dakota State University, USA, where she worked under the guidance of Steven S. Xu and Justin D Faris in the USDA-ARS, Cereal Crops Research Unit at the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center. Her dissertation focused on the genomic characterization of domestication-related traits and stem rust resistance in tetraploid wheat. After her PhD, Jyoti joined the Hiebert lab at Morden Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Morden, Canada in 2018, where she works on mapping and cloning of stem and leaf rust resistance by using the map-based cloning and MutChromSeq techniques. In the coming years, she would like to expand her expertise from understanding the host-pathogen interaction in wheat blast disease towards learning the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technique for high throughput plant phenotyping. An ardent supporter of interaction and communication among all the research groups and women empowerment in agricultural research, Jyoti believes that training the young researchers in leadership and technical skills will definitely contribute towards the better future in agriculture.

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