Root knot nematodes are known for causing severe yield damage in crops such as vegetables, ornamental and tubers. Crops aggressively infected with nematodes can lead to great reduction in yield of up to 90%. Chemical control is not reliable due to high toxicity to the environment and humans, therefore new controlling methods should be developed. The use of biological control is gaining attention in the market since it reduces the risks caused by the use of chemicals. My research focuses in understanding the interaction between nematodes and novel biological control products that can lead to the development of new and more effective methods.
• Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP-OSU)
Dr. Christopher Taylor– Plant Molecular Genetics– Nematology
• Undergraduate Research- University of Puerto Rico- Biology Department
Dr. Dimuth Siritunga- Plant Molecular Genetics
• Undergraduate Research- University of Puerto Rico- Crop Sciences Department
Dr. Merari Feliciano- Disease Epidemiology
• Soil Conservationist - Intern, USDA - NRCS Agency - Anderson, South Carolina.
• Research Assistant, Pioneer Hi-Bred International - Champaign, Illinois.
• Intern - Illinois Plant Breeding Center, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
Scholarships and Awards
• Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) Fellowship, 2014- 2018
• Kinesis Foundation Award- 2014- 2018
• USDA-CETARS Scholarship- 2011- 2013
Plant Pathology Graduate Students Assocation
Plant Sale Chair, Wooster (2015-2016)