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Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology


2018 Graduates

Jan. 31, 2019

The Plant Pathology Graduate Program graduated 11 Ph.D. students, three M.S. students and four Master in Plant Health Management students, which is the largest group of graduates by this program in a given year.  Graduates, a brief description of their research topic and faculty advisors are listed as follows:  Ph.D. graduates Ferdous-e Elahi (Identification of the causal agents of bacterial soft rot of potato in the U.S. and Bangladesh, advisor Sally Miller); Mynul Islam (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in Brassica spp. in Bangladesh, advisor Miller); Anna K. Stasko (Functional gene analysis of resistance QTL towards Phytophthora sojae on Soybean Chromosome 19, advisor Anne Dorrance); Loic Deblais (Salmonella in fresh tomatoes, characterization and novel approaches to management, advisor Miller); Pavinee Suttiviriya (Pi9- and Piz-t-Agrassociated Proteins in resistance to Magnaporthe oryzae, advisor Guo-Liang Wang); Pengfai Bai (rice innate immunity, advisor Wang); Dominique N. Tate (Magnaporthe oryzae-rice molecular interactions, educational assessment in plant pathology laboratories, advisor Thomas K. Mitchell); Cassidy Gedling (mechanisms of resistance and candidate gene analysis towards Fusarium graminearum and Phytophthora sojae in soybean, advisor Dorrance); Claudio Vrisman (characterization and novel management approaches for Erwinia tracheiphila in cucurbits, advisor Miller); Rachel Capouya (analysis of microbial communities in three diverse commodity systems, advisor Mitchell), and Shan Lin (fruit rot of deciduous holly in U.S. nursery production, advisor Francesca Hand).  M.S. graduates were: Amilcar Vargas Loyo (Phytophthora management in soybean, advisor Dorrance); Kelsey Scott (mapping resistance to Pythium; advisor Dorrance); and Andres Sanabria (effects of anerobic soil disinfestation combined with biological control of root knot nematode and lettuce drop, advisor Miller).  Master in Plant Health Management graduates: Anna Detoro (training and education on ornamental trees and shrubs for health care professionals, advisors Dorrance and Anand Persad), Helen Andrews (pesticide safety and education, advisors Mary Rose and Dorrance), Kodi Riedel (urban forest evaluation, advisors Luis Canas, Dorrance and Pierluigi Bonello) and Jonell Winger (factors affecting soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome in Ohio, advisor Dorrance).