Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan
Sumaira Farrakh, a Fulbright scholar and assistant professor from Department of Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, is visiting the laboratory of Xianming Chen, research plant pathologist of USDA-ARS and adjunct professor of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU) from December 2015 to November 2016. Farrakh received her B.S. degree in zoology/botany/psychology from Punjab University in 1998, Master in Zoology from Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi in 2000, and M.Phil. in cell biology in 2003 and Ph.D. in cell biology in 2009 from Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan. She has worked on stripe rust and wheat improvement. During her visit at WSU, Farrakh is conducting research on molecular mechanisms of interactions between wheat and the stripe rust pathogen.