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Faculty Researchers

Dr. Sajjad Rao

Dr. Sajjad Rao

Faculty member at Assiniboine Community College and an Adjunct Professor at Brandon University.

Dr. Rao holds a PhD degree in Plant Science from The University of Liverpool, England. He is an accredited professional plant breeder with Canadian Seed Growers Association, external examiner for post-graduate research studies with international universities and professional agrologist with over 20 years of experience in applied research and teaching. His past research involved the innovation of novel genetics, crop variety improvement and production technology in horticultural and agronomic crops.

Development of “WFT 603”, first feed wheat variety for Canadian Prairies is among his novel accomplishments as plant breeder.

His core research interest includes dissecting and exploring the genetic components of important crop traits for yield and quality improvement in greenhouse and field crops. As well as he investigates the role of biotic and abiotic stresses in plants and overall crop production. Dr. Rao also explores and elucidates the role of horticultural crop production practices, nutrition, and abiotic factors on postharvest disorders and fruit quality. His significant research contribution was published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Poonam Singh

Dr. Poonam Singh joined the college in 2015 as a researcher and instructor in our Horticultural Production and Sustainable Food Systems programs. Poonam holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Bachelor of Education, a BC Provincial Instructor diploma, a Masters of Science in Landscaping and Floriculture and her Doctorate in Horticulture. 

A majority of her experience relates to teaching, research, and outreach within horticultural sciences. Poonam’s most recent work experience includes working as a researcher and instructor at the School of Horticulture, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley, BC. Her major research areas include development of technologies/products for sustainable horticultural production, crop improvement through breeding programs, exploration and enrichment of plant germplasm for genetic enhancement and plant physiological studies in horticultural crops.