Plant Agriculture PhD
Tell us about you and how you got to be a grad student at Guelph:
I am Mohsen, a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph working with Dr. Milad Eskandari on Soybean breeding and genetics. I did my bachelor's and master's degree at the University of Tehran, Iran. Here, I am trying to dissect soybean yield and its components by using genomics and phenomic procedures.
Here at the University of Guelph, I am using genomics procedures like Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and genomic selection to detect genomic regions associated with the soybean yield and its components. Also, I am trying to provide a robust artificial intelligence model to predict the yield of the soybean in the early growing stage by using phenomics procedures like hyperspectral reflectance and other physiological traits.
Why did you choose to complete your graduate studies in your program at the University of Guelph?
I chose the University of Guelph because it is known as one of the best universities in agricultural research. Also, the University of Guelph has sufficient equipment and facilities which enable me to accomplish my goals and academic ideas.
How do you think your research can potentially improve life?
The results of my study are expected to provide Ontario soybean breeders a better understanding of the genetic control of seed yield and its related traits along with more efficient molecular tools, which in turn will facilitate the development of Ontario-adapted soybean cultivars with increased seed yield potential which is resulted in improving human life.
Any advice for prospective grad students considering U of G?
First of all, I would recommend all prospective students to select their advisors based on their academic background. searching through the internet and find their publications and trying to make a connection between their research and their potential advisor's research. Also, I would recommend reaching out to previous graduate students of the potential advisor and ask them about the personality of the potential advisor.