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University of Guelph


Bovey Bldg
601 Gordon St, Guelph, ON
N1G 1Y2 Canada

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

GRIPP supports undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral researchers in interdisciplinary areas of research on plant conservation.

GRIPP Yasmine Hezema

Yasmine Hezema

PhD Student

I am a PhD. student at Plant Agriculture Department and one of the member of GRIPP lab who is working under the supervision of Prof. Praveen Saxena. My areas of interest are plant physiology and plant molecular biology. My primary research focuses on studying the transport of mRNA over long-distance in grafted plants especially under osmotic stress conditions and how that can affect the growth and development of the scion.


Before starting my doctoral studies in 2015, I graduated from Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University, Egypt in 2008. Then I got my M.Sc. in Pomology in 2012 from Damanhour University, Egypt. In my master research, I have studied the effect of some phenolic compounds on the coloration and quality of “Crimson Seedless” grape berries. I enjoy spending my spare time with my family, cooking and watching documentary movies.

GRIPP Akansha Saxena

Akansha Saxena

PhD Student

I completed my BSc. (Agriculture) from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University Hyderabad, India in 2013 and my M.Sc. (Genetics and Plant Breeding) from Junagarh Agricultural University, India in 2015. I joined GRIPP in 2016 to pursue my PhD. My research focuses on micropropagation of Yukon Draba- an endangered plant species native to Yukon, Canada.


My research also focuses on studying the molecular and physiological aspects of cold tolerance in Yukon Draba as it can sustain and grow in frost covered areas. In my spare time I like to read novels, coloring and listening music.