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Baldino, Katelyn
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Baschieri, Rachel
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I am interested in studying gene expression and hormone and metabolite translocation during panicle development of the determinate grass species, Sorghum bicolor. I will employ transcriptomics, metabolomics, and computational prediction and modeling methods to understand the genes and...


Botany, Horticultural Sciences

Berrian, Trenton
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Botany and Plant Pathology

Bippus, Alexander
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Borland, Theodora
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Bright, Zachary
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Computational biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, computer science


Botany and Plant Pathology

Brunner, Rachel
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Burk, Rene
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Carleson, Nicholas
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Carson, Adam
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Daniels, Hazel
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PhD: Plant Pathology

Echeverria, Daniella
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Fager, Daniel
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Comparing high throughput sequencing and bioassay indexing for the detection of viruses in strawberry and Rubus crops.


Master of Botany and Plant Pathology

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Gannon, Dustin
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PhD: Ecology

Gervers, Kyle
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Heitmann, Sabrina
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Jefferson, Tanner
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Kovasi, Adrienne
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I am interested in all things lichen biomonitoring and ecology related. Currently studying new lichen biomonitoring tools for monitoring nitrogen deposition high elevation tree-less wilderness areas. 

Kumbhakar, Ishika
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Lenz, Ryan
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Liu, Jiang
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Lowder, Sarah
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My projects involve developing rapid sampling techniques to monitor fungicide resistance in Erysiphe necator, the causal agent of grape powdery mildew, and using those methodologies to investigate trends in the frequency of resistance alleles on a much larger scale than previously...


Ph.D.: Plant Pathology

McMurtrey, Shawn
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Metzler, Julia
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Botany, Native Plants, Restoration Ecology


Mondron, Kyle
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In the broadest sense, I am interested in host-microbe interactions and fungal biology. I'm driven by questions regarding how organisms interact, particularly at molecular and genetic scales. My research on the bacterial symbionts living within the fungal cells of early-diverging fungi in the...


Botany and Plant Pathology

Mortimer, Sebastian
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My interests are botany, systematics, and molecular evolution. At OSU, I am studying sex chromosome evolution in wild strawberries (Fragaria) and the ecological consequences of sex chromosome turnover. 


Neat, Abigail
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Núñez Rodríguez, Lester Contact person by email Ph.D. Student, Botany and Plant Pathology, Ph.D. Student, Botany and Plant Pathology

O Malley, Megan
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Pina Paez, Carolina
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Rogan, Conner
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Romero-Jimenez, Maria-Jose
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I am currently isolating foliar fungal epiphytes and endophytes from Populus trichocarpa. Previously, I studied the ecology of root associated dark septate endophyte of the Darksidea genus and the description of a novel Darksidea lineage. I am also interested in...


Mycology, Plant Pathology

Ruggiero, Diana
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Sacher, Gabriel
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Soule, Michelle
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I am developing a multiplex hydrolysis probe qPCR to detect and quantify Meloidogyne hapla and Meloidogyne chitwoodi. These two root-knot nematodes species are important to Pacific Northwest potato production.


Master's Student, Botany and Plant Pathology, Nematology

Stairs, Brandon Contact person by email Botany and Plant Pathology

Suli, Hannah
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Mycology, Forest Pathology


Trautman, Ian
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Wiseman, Michele
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I have recently transitioned from a full time SFRA to a PhD student. My PhD project will be focused on the characterizing the mlo gene family in hop, with specific interest in mlo genes that have powdery mildew interactions.

On-going research from my time as an SFRA...

Wong, Alexander
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Improving characterization and integrative pest management practices to mitigate fungicide resistance in grape Powdery Mildew and Botrytis.​​​​Development of high throughput assay to rapidly characterize fungicide resistance phenotypes to multiple fungicide classes. The use of UV-C light as a...


PhD: Plant Pathology

Zimmerman, Jessie
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