I finished my PhD at University of Haifa, Israel, supervised by Prof. Abraham Korol. During my PhD studies, I constructed the physical map of wheat chromosome 1BS, generating a massive genomic resource for the wheat community and advancing physical mapping strategy (Raats et al Genome Biology 2013). I advanced map based cloning projects of stripe rust disease resistance genes, derived from wild emmer by establishing genetic and physical maps of YrH52, Yr15 and YrG303 (Raats et al. Mol Breeding 2015). I acquired extensive expertise in multi-disciplinary aspects of wheat genome research combining wheat genomics, genetics and phytopathology.