Meet the PSGSA Team

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Sonia Wilson

President

Where you're from: Winnipeg, MB



Year and program of study: Second year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title: Mapping of QTL in oilseed rape (Brassica napus) for tolerance to excess moisture


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

hiking, photography, and game nights.


Uzzal Ahmed Liton

Vice President

Uzzal is a fifth year PhD who is a veteran to the PSGSA. Uzzal joined the PSGSA to work for the betterment of graduate students of the Plant Science department via organizing and participating in different events.

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Hao Luu

Treasurer

Preferred name/nickname: Howie


Where you're from: Originally from Vietnam, but lived in Calgary for 9 years before moving to Winnipeg.


Year and program of study: Second year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title: Determining quantitative trait locus for lodging resistance in Brassica napus


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

You can probably find in the greenhouse taking care of plants if I were to own the greenhouse. I think as a student we cope with stress all the time, so I have developed a habit of going to the gym to play sports to keep me sane. Overtime, sport becomes what I do when I have free time. I am obsessed with food, if my budget is allowed, I would spend those money on exploring good eateries/restaurants in Winnipeg.


Sam Curtis

Social Director

Where you're from: Winnipeg, MB



Year and program of study: Second year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title: Resource use efficiency in diversified, no-till cropping systems on the Canadian Prairies


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

travelling, puzzles, photography, spending time outside and at my family cottage in NW Ontario.


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Dale Penner

Social Director 2

Preferred name/nickname: Dale


Where you're from: Brandon, MB


Year and program of study: Second year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title: Shoulder season cover crops in annual crop production systems in Manitoba.


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

running, reading, volleyball, and spending time out in the great outdoors.


Jacob Kolody

UMGSA Rep

Where you're from: Transcona


Year and program of study: Second year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title:

Soil health of a long-term nutrient

management study in the Red River Valley.


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

Grad students don't have spare time.

In the rare occasion I do, I like to go for long walks on the beach and

feel the breeze blowing through my hair.

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Lakmini Pathiranage

Seminar Committee Rep/Dept. Council Student Rep 2

Preferred name/nickname: Lakmini


Where you're from: Sri Lanka


Year and program of study: First year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title: Effect of phytoglobin (Pgb) expression on the regeneration of maize (Zea mays) quiescent centers (QCs) during hypoxia


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

Reading, cooking, watching movies.


Ehsanul Haq

UMGSA Rep 2/Safety Committee Rep

Preferred name/nickname: Ehsanul


Where you're from: Jashore, Bangladesh


Year and program of study: First year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title: Examining the effects of altered levels of Phytoglobins during seed oil accumulation in Brassica napus


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

travelling, watching movies, hangout with family & friends.

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Caroline Brown

Outreach Coordinator

Where you're from: I was born and raised in Calgary and then moved to Saskatoon for university and have called it home for the last ten years. 

Year and program: First year, PhD 

Project title/proposed project title: QTL mapping for the secondary dormancy trait in canola

Favourite things to do in your spare time: Spending time outdoors, plant propagation, making pottery and barre fitness classes. 

James De Castro

Outreach Coordinator 2

Where you're from: Winnipeg, MB



Year and program of study: Second year, MSc


Project title/proposed project title: "Phytoglobin expression as Molecular Marker for Waterlogging Tolerance in Barley"


Favourite things to do in your spare time:

Cook, mix drinks, and watch TV.


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