Graduate Students

Graduate Students

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Katelyn Baldino Contact person by email

Harrison Bell Contact person by email

Trenton Berrian Contact person by email


Botany and Plant Pathology
Theodora Borland Contact person by email

Zachary Bright
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Computational biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, computer science



Botany and Plant Pathology
Rachel Brunner
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PhD: Ecology
Rene Burk
Graduate Student (recent graduate 12/2020)
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MAIS in Botany and Plant Pathology, Anthropology and Geography
Nicholas Carleson Contact person by email BioResource Research, PhD: Plant Pathology
Adam Carson Contact person by email

Stephanie Chase Contact person by email

Daniella Echeverria Contact person by email


Botany and Plant Pathology
Daniel Fager Contact person by email

Comparing high throughput sequencing and bioassay indexing for the detection of viruses in strawberry and Rubus crops.



Master of Botany and Plant Pathology
Harrison Flieg Contact person by email

Kyle Gervers
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PhD: Mycology
Katherine Gray Contact person by email

Leslie Harris Contact person by email

Tanner Jefferson
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Kameron Kilday
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Sarah Lowder Contact person by email

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
Shawn McMurtrey Contact person by email

Julia Metzler
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Botany, Native Plants, Restoration Ecology


Kyle Mondron
Graduate Students
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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
Sebastian Mortimer Contact person by email

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. 


Abigail Neat Contact person by email

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Ph.D. Student, Botany and Plant Pathology, Ph.D. Student, Botany and Plant Pathology
Savannah Phipps Contact person by email

Carolina Pina Paez Contact person by email


PhD: Mycology
Conner Rogan Contact person by email


PhD: Microbiology
Maria Jose Rome... Contact person by email

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
Diana Ruggiero Contact person by email

Gabriel Sacher Contact person by email


PhD: Plant Pathology
Brandon Stairs Contact person by email


Botany and Plant Pathology
Hannah Suli Contact person by email

Mycology, Forest Pathology


Kimberly Syring Contact person by email

Melissa Vergara Contact person by email

Michele Wiseman Contact person by email

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...

Alexander Wong
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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
Jessie Zimmerman
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MS in Botany and Plant Pathology

Former Student

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Rachel Baschieri Contact person by email

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
Major Professor: Samuel Leiboff
Alexander Bippus Contact person by email


PhD: PaleoBotany
Major Professor: Gar Rothwell, Major Professor: Ruth Stockey
Hazel Daniels Contact person by email


PhD: Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Jared LeBoldus
Dustin Gannon Contact person by email


PhD: Ecology
Major Professor: Frank Andrew Jones
Sabrina Heitmann Contact person by email

Adrienne Kovasi Contact person by email

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. 


Masters in Botany
Ishika Kumbhakar Contact person by email

Ryan Lenz Contact person by email


PhD: Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Jared LeBoldus
Jiang Liu
Postdoctoral Scholar
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PhD: Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Christopher Mundt
Megan O Malley Contact person by email


PhD: Microbiology
Major Professor: Jeff Anderson
Michelle Soule Contact person by email

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
Major Professor: Inga Zasada
Ian Trautman
AW-Slrd: Fac Res Assist