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Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology


Plant Pathology Seminars

Autumn 2021

PLNTPTH 8899.  Seminars are Mondays, 10:20-11:15 am. All are welcome to connect via Zoom.
For Zoom link, contact Dr. Ye Xia (
Seminar coordinators: Dr. Ye Xia and Dr. Chris Taylor.

Aug 30
Dr. Monica Lewandowski, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State
“Graduate Updates for 2021-2022: What to do, and when"

Sep 6th Labor day, no class.

Sep 13, Dr. Enrico Bonello, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State
“Artificial intelligence or artificial stupidity? Machine learning in forest and agricultural crop health in the 21st century”

Sep 20, Dr. Jason Zurn, Postdoctoral researcher, Kansas State University
“Leveraging Genomic and Germplasm Resources to Improve Disease Resistance”

Sep 27, Dr. XiuFang Xin, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
“Understanding the crosstalk between pathogen-recognizing immune pathways in plants”

Oct 4th, Dr. Christine Sprunger, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State
“Rhizosphere Dynamics drive soil health and plant performance in agroecosystems”

Oct 11th, Dr. Ying Wang, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
“Potato spindle tuber viroid, a small probe for understanding plant RNA-based machinery”

Oct 18th,  Dr. Zhengqing Fu, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina
“Transcriptional Coactivators and Coordination of Plant Growth and Defense”

Oct 25th, Dr. Lirong Zeng, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
Dr. Anna Conrad, Research Plant Pathologist, Forest Service, Northern Research Station;
Dr. Cláudio M. Vrisman, Biology Characterization Scientist for Fungicides, Corteva Agriscience;
Dr. Spencer Debenport, Applications Manager at Roche Company
Alumni Career Conversations

Nov 1st, Dr. Michelle L. Jones, Professor, Deprtment of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State
“Identifying plant growth promoting bacteria that improve abiotic stress tolerance in greenhouse crops”

Nov 8th, Dr. Feng Qu, Professor, Ohio State
“Artificial selection, natural selection, genes, and viruses”

Nov 15th, Dr. Doug Karcher, Professor and Chair, Deprtment of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State
“Turf Talk with Doug Karcher”.

Nov 22nd, Dr. Roger Innes, Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington
“Extracellular RNA in Plants:  Where Does It Come From and What Does It Do?”

Nov 29th, Dr. Yuelin Zhang, Professor, Departments of Botany, University of British Columbia, Canada
“Salicylic Acid in Plant Immunity”

Dec 6th, Dr. Carmit Ziv, Research Group Leader, Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences, Israel
"Cold tolerance of postharvest phytopathogenic fungi"


Spring 2021

PLNTPTH 8899.  Seminars are Mondays, 12:40-1:35 pm. For Zoom link, contact Dr. Feng Qu (
Seminar coordinators: Dr. Francesca Hand and Dr. Feng Qu

Soybean pathologist candidate

1/18/2021 - No seminar, Martin Luther King Day

Soybean pathologist candidate


Satyanarayana Tatineni, Research plant pathologist, USDA ARS, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Biology and disease management of Wheat streak mosaic virus

Patrick Ewing, USDA Integrated Cropping Systems Research Station, Brookings, SD. (Host: Soledad Benitez Ponce)

James N. Culver, Professor, University of Maryland
Reprogramming the Plant Vascular System: A Viral Approach to Systemic Disease

Robert V. Tauxe, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, NCEZID, DDID, CDC (Host: F. Hand)
Foodborne infections in the United States and improvements in foodborne outbreak detection and investigation

Olufemi (Femi) J. Alabi, Associ Prof, Texas A & M University
Retooling Extension Plant Pathology to Address Plant Virus Disease Outbreaks


Shin-Yi Marzano, Molecular Biologist, USDA ARS, Toledo, OH

Neha Potnis, Assistant Professor. Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University (Host, J. Jacobs)
Uncovering the basis of host adaptation in a stealthy plant pathogenic bacterium, Xanthomonas

Peter Moffett, University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Jiyang Wang, Visitng scholar, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State

Caleb Kime, M.S. student, Plant Pathology, Ohio State (P. Bonello, advisor)

4/26/2021 - Final exams, No Seminar


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