Profile TabsProfileFrancesca RotondoResearch Associate 2-B/H (Miller Lab)email@example.comOffice: Selby Hall, WoosterProfessional InformationBiography: Dr. Francesca Rotondo received her Ph.D in Plant Pathology from University of Bologna in 2011. Her research focused on characterizing Alternaria strains collected from apple orchards in northern Italy that were afflicted with a new leaf/fruit blotch disease. She is currently working with Dr. Sally Miller in the Vegetable Pathology Lab. Prior to Dr. Miller's lab, she worked with Dr. McSpadden Gardener in the Department of Plant Pathology in Wooster on quantifying the natural distribution of populations of Cryptococcus flavescens and their genetic diversity. This study was carried out with both traditional PCR and qPCR approaches. From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Rotondo worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, in Tucson. During this period, Dr. Rotondo investigated speciation processes among closely related Alternaria taxa that differ primarily in their host associations.