Genetics and Biochemistry

Ph.D. Candidate Successfully Defends Dissertation

Tessema Kassaw, a Genetics Ph.D. candidate from Dr. Julia Frugoli’s laboratory, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on November 13, 2012. His dissertation was entitled “Molecular Genetics of Nodule Number Regulation: Cloning, Characterization and Functional Studies of the Root Determined Nodulator1 (RDN1) Gene in Medicago truncatula”. Tessema obtained his BS in Plant Science from Alemaya University, Ethiopia and MS in Plant Biotechnology from Wageningen University, Netherlands before coming to the United States. His studies were supported by a PSA Next Generation Fellowship.