Spring 2020 Graduate Student Celebration

Join us online on May 1st for our Spring Graduate Student Celebration!

Spring 2020 Graduate Student Celebration

Join us for our Botany and Plant Pathology Graduate Student Research Celebration event on May 1st, 2020 in a new virtual format. Graduate students will present their oral thesis proposals via a Zoom meeting format.

Please register if you are planning to attend us for this Zoom event.


Thesis Proposal Presentations

Presented on Zoom

12:00 - 5:00 PM

Spring Symposium Program

Time Presentations on Zoom

12:00 PM

Joey Spatafora

Introduction and Opening Remarks

12:05 PM

Russell Gould

Developing a machine learning platform to advance plant promoter architecture discovery and design

Advised by Dr. Molly Megraw 

12:35 PM

Michelle Soule

Development of a multiplex real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantification of the root-knot nematodes species important in the production of potato

Advised by Dr. Inga Zasada 

1:05 PM

Gabe Sacher

Phytophthora root rot and boxwood blight: Addressing two important diseases of the broadleaf evergreen nursery industry

Advised by Dr. Jerry Weiland

1:35 PM


1:45 PM
Sabrina Heitmann

Genotype-by-environment interactions of the foliar fungal microbiome of Populus trichocarpa

Advised by Dr. Posy Busby

2:15 PM
Ish Kumbhakar
Crops in rotation with potato that predict the occurrence of mefenoxam-resistant Pythium species

Advised by Dr. Ken Frost

2:45 PM
Alex Wong

Improving Characterization and Integrative Pest Management Practices to Mitigate Fungicide Resistance in Grape Powdery Mildew and Botrytis

Advised by Dr. Walt Mahaffee

3:15 PM


3:25 PM
Ian Trautman

Biologically-informed natural product drug discovery using the zygomycete Basidiobolus meristosporus

Advised by Dr. Joey Spatafora

3:55 PM
Zach Bright

Phylo-TSS: Working Toward a Machine Learning Model for Transcription Start Site Prediction in Diverse Plant Groups

Advised by Dr. Molly Megraw 

4:25 PM
Cameron Ross

Development of a qPCR Assay for Hop Powdery Mildew Specific Differentiation and Late-Season Dispersal Patterns

Advised by Dr. David Gent

4:55 PM
Adrienne Kovasi

Saxicolous lichen biomonitoring of inorganic nitrogen deposition in the Southern Sierra Nevada

Advised by Dr. Bruce McCune