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Department of Plant Pathology


Undergraduate Research

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Several undergraduates are engaged in research or employed as student assistants.  With a small faculty to student ratio, students have the chance to become part of world class research programs, participate in professional forums and conferences, and gain valuable experience.  CFAES and OARDC also offer funding to help support research.

Students may also opt to complete a set of requirements for the Research Distinction designation on their diploma.

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Laura Bricker, Plant Pathology major

  • Poster title : Development of a Strain-Specific Probe and Characterization of Two Virulence-Related Gene Promoter Sequences of Agrobacterium vitis (with Kameka Johnson, Desen Zheng and Thomas Burr, Cornell Univ.)

Elizabeth Roche, Plant Pathology major

  • Internship in P. Bonello's lab, Ohio State > More info
  • Poster title: Effect of water stress on northern red oak constitutes defenses and resistance to Phytophthora cannamomi. Elizabeth Roche, Anna O. Conrad and Pierluigi Bonello.

Amanda Ferguson, Plant Pathology major

  • Undergraduate resaearch in Guo-Liang Wang's lab, Ohio State
  • Poster title: Identificaiton of Genes Controlling the ROS Response to PAMP Effecots Flg22 and Chintin Using Genomce-Wide Association Study.  Amanda Ferguson, Gautam Shirsekar, Houxiang Kang, Maria Bellizzi, Conner Haney and Guo-Liang Wang

Michael Falk, Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife major

  • Undergraduate and honors thesis research in P. Bonello's lab, where he worked with grad student David Showalter
  • Poster title: Amino Acids in Asian and North American Ash as a Component of Induced Resistance to the Emerald Ash Borer.

Undergraduate Research awardKatherine Gambone was awarded 2nd place - Plant and Environmental Sciences category, CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum.  She went on the earn a Ph.D. 

Gambone is pictured with Sourav Chakraborty, post-doc and research mentor for the project, "Quantifying Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in Shoots of Drought-Stressed Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra) Infected with Diplodia pinea Using Amplex Red, a Fluorimetric Dye.  Co-authors: P. Bonello, Sourav Chakraborty, Amy Hill.


kara riggsKara Riggs, Plant Health Management Honors graduate, "Chemotaxis of Phytophthora Zoospores to Soybean Roots is Altered by RNAi Silencing of Isoflavone Biosynthesis."  She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri