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Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology


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While the rudimentary elements of a discipline can be taught in courses, true scientific achievements at the post-graduate level come slowly through repeated practice and exposure to diverse ideas, experimental systems, and critical review.


In the laboratory, my approach to teaching focuses on mentoring all personnel regardless of educational background.  My lab provides an environment where people can learn from each other, take pride in their individual contributions, and feel free to develop their skills and abilities to the fullest.  Most students are motivated by the idea of being in control of a project, and they will often respond enthusiastically to the opportunity to explore freely within predefined boundaries (e.g. the constraints of funded projects).




Because collaboration is so important to success, students are also encouraged to work and communicate extensively with their peers and other experts who can help them achieve success in their research projects.



At OSU, I contribute to several different graduate level courses. My primary responsibilities are for teaching in the core courses of Phytobacteriology-PLNTPTH 600.01 (600.01 syllabus pdf), Plant-Microbe Interactions-PLNTPTH 602 (602 syllabus pdf), as well as Quantitative Methods in Applied Biology-PLNTPTH 655 (655 syllabus pdf) which are offered every year.

I also teach Current Topics: Biological Control of Plant Pathogens-PLNTPTH 830 every other year. Additionally, regular contributions are made to Plant Disease Management-PLNTPTH 603. My laboratory also regularly hosts summer undergraduate research interns sponsored by various programs, including SURE, SROP, SRIPP, and ORIP.