Plant Pathology Seminars

Autumn 2020

PLNTPTH 8899.  Seminars are Mondays, 10:20-11:15 am. For Zoom link, contact Dr. Francesca Hand (

Seminar coordinators: Dr. Francesca Hand and Dr. Feng Qu

Drs. Monica Lewandowski/Jason Slot, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State.  Graduate Program Updates


Felipe Dalla Lana da Silva, Plant Pathology Ph.D. candidate, Ohio State (P.A. Paul, advisor).  Exit seminar

Dr. Caroline Roper, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Sarah Hovinga, BAYER Biologics

Dr. Larry Madden, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State

Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University

Dr. JoAnne Crouch, USDA-ARS (Beltsville, Maryland)

Dr. Katie Gold, Cornell University

Dr. Nicole Ward Gauthier, University of Kentucky

Student exchange seminar, Penn State

Student exchange seminar, University of California, Davis

Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, Department of Food Science and Technology, Ohio State

Student exchange seminar, Michigan State University


Spring 2020

PLNTPTH 8899.  Seminars are Mondays, 1:00-1:55 pm.  Alternate day/time: Fridays, 1:50-2:45 pm.

Subject to change.

Jan. 6, 2020
Ranjana Rawal, Horticulture and Crop Science PhD student

Jan. 13, 2020
Phillip Martins, Penn State graduate student (Kari Peters, advisor). Part of a graduate student seminar exchange with Penn State.

Jan 20, 2020
Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  No seminar.

Friday, Jan. 24
Lisa Vaillancourt, Professor, University of Kentucky
Evidence for a special role of the signal peptidase in the establishment of biotrophy by the maize anthracnose pathogen Colletotrichum graminicola

Friday, Jan. 31
1:50-2:45 pm, Kottman 244 (Columbus) - Fisher 121 (Wooster)
Matthew Kasson, Interim Director of the International Culture Collection of (Vesicular) Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (INVAM)
Assistant Professor of Forest Pathology, West Virginia University
Deciphering fungus-arthropod interactions: from ambrosia fungi to cicada-killing “zygomycetes”

Monday, Feb. 3
1:00-1:55 pm - Fisher 121 (Wooster) videolinked to Kottman 244 (Columbus)
Ying-Yu Liao, PhD student, University of Florida (advisor, Mathews Paret) - Graduate Student Exchange Seminar
Magnesium nanomaterial, a novel alternative to bacterial spot of tomato disease management

Monday, Feb. 10

Monday, Feb. 17
1:00-1:55 pm, Kottman 244 (Columbus) - Fisher 121 (Wooster)
Alison Bennett, Assistant Professor - Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State

March 2

Week of March 9-13, Spring Break
No seminar

Monday March 16 (Postponed to April 23)
1:00-1:55 pm, Fisher 121 (Wooster) videolinked to Kottman 244 (Columbus)
Rebecca Kimmelfield, PhD candidate, Translational Plant Sciences (Christopher Taylor, advisor)
Exit Seminar

Monday, March 23 - Cancelled.
1:00-1:55 pm, Fisher 121 (Wooster) videolinked to Kottman 244 (Columbus)
Chris Peritore-Galve, Cornell University - Graduate Student Exchange Seminar

Friday, March 27
1:50-2:45 pm, Kottman 244 (Columbus) and Fisher 121 (Wooster)
Jean Ristaino, North Carolina State University

March 30

Monday, April 6, 2020
1:00-1:55 pm, Kottman 244 (Columbus) - Fisher 121 (Wooster)
Coralie Farinas, PhD candidate, Plant Pathology, Ohio State
PhD Exit seminar

April, 13, 2020

Monday April 20, 2020
1:00-1:55 pm, Fisher 121 (Wooster) videolinked to Kottman 244 (Columbus)
Michael Goodin, University of Kentucky