Graduate Students

Graduate Students

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Eliza Allen
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Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Walter Mahaffee
Nathan Bearden
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PI: Jared LeBoldus

Harrison Bell Contact person by email

PI: John Fowler Jr.

Trenton Berrian Contact person by email

PI: Aymeric Goyer


Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Aymeric Goyer
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PI: David Gent

Emily Braithwaite
Faculty Research Assistant
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Major Professor: Alec Kowalewski
Rachel Brunner
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PI: Thomas Kaye


PhD: Ecology
Major Professor: Thomas Kaye
Stephanie Chase Contact person by email

PI: Jared LeBoldus

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PI: Aymeric Goyer

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I assist with research related to grapevine red blotch disease (GRBD) and its causative agent the grapevine red blotch virus, namely in regards to detection methodology, local epidemiology, symptom mitigation, and vector...

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PI: Ken Frost

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I am a graduate student studying the interaction between soil microbial communities and soil-borne pathogens. I am advised by Dr. Ken Frost and co-advised by Dr. Hannah Rivedal. 


PI: Kenneth Frost


Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Kenneth Frost , Major Professor: Hannah Rivedal
Daniel Fager Contact person by email

I am currently comparing high throughput sequencing and bioassay indexing for the detection of viruses in strawberry and Rubus crops using large sample sets.


PI: Dimitre Mollov


PhD Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Dimitre Mollov
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PI: Joseph Spatafora

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PI: John Fowler Jr.

Nicholas Francis Contact person by email

PI: Sam Leiboff

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PI: Andy Jones

Anupa Gaire
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PI: Achala KC


Plant Pathology
Kyle Gervers
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PhD: Mycology
Major Professor: Joseph Spatafora , Major Professor: Posy Busby
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PI: Jessie Uehling

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PI: Jeremiah Dung

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PI: Samuel Leiboff

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Tanner Jefferson
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PI: Molly Megraw

Emily Johnson
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Kameron Kilday
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PI: Kenneth Johnson

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Botany & Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Inga Zasada
Kyle Mondron
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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...

PI: Jessie Uehling


Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Jessie Uehling
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. 


PI: Aaron Liston


Major Professor: Aaron Liston
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PI: Posy Busby

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PI: Inga Zasada


Ph.D. Student, Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Inga Zasada
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Master of Science, Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Posy Busby , Major Professor: Christopher Mundt
Savannah Phipps
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My research interest lies in the intersections of plant pathology and plant breeding, specifically the genetics involved in plant biotic stress resistance. Currently, I am studying the genetics behind various biotic stress resistances in Rubus species by employing modern genomic and...

PI: Inga Zasada


Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Inga Zasada , Major Professor: Michael Hardigan
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PI: Andy Jones

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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...

PI: Posy Busby


Mycology, Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Posy Busby
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PI: Samuel Leiboff

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PI: Fletcher Halliday

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Major Professor: Inga Zasada
Hannah Suli Contact person by email

Mycology, Forest Pathology


PI: Jared LeBoldus

Kimberly Syring
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Fungal genomics, metabolomics, physiology, and evolution



Ph.D. Mycology
Major Professor: Joseph Spatafora
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PI: Dimitre Mollov

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PI: Posy Busby


Major Professor: Posy Busby
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PI: Jay Pscheidt

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PI: Michael Behrenfeld

Joshua Wingfield
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Mycology, Fungal Biology, Fungal Ecology, Ectomycorrhizal Fungal community dynamics, Fungal secondary metabolomics, Fungal genomics, Fungal evolution



Master of Science, Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Jared LeBoldus
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My career developmental aims are to 1) build interdisciplinary competencies and collaborations, 2) develop and utilize molecular and phenotyping tools for high-throughput investigation of etiological agents, 3) use these data to further our understanding of plant susceptibility to disease, 4)...

PI: David Gent


Major Professor: David Gent

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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
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PhD: PaleoBotany
Major Professor: Gar Rothwell, Major Professor: Ruth Stockey
Zachary Bright
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Computational biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, computer science


PI: Molly Megraw


Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Molly Megraw
Nicholas Carleson Contact person by email

PI: Niklaus Grunwald


BioResource Research, PhD: Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Niklaus Grunwald
Adam Carson Contact person by email

PI: Jared LeBoldus

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
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PhD: Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Jared LeBoldus
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
Major Professor: Walter Mahaffee
Shawn McMurtrey Contact person by email

Megan O Malley Contact person by email


PhD: Microbiology
Major Professor: Jeff Anderson
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PI: Joseph Spatafora


PhD: Mycology
Major Professor: Joseph Spatafora
Gabriel Sacher Contact person by email

PI: Jay Pscheidt


PhD: Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Jay Pscheidt
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
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PI: Jessie Uehling


Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Jessie Uehling
Ian Trautman
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Jessie Zimmerman
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PI: Posy Busby


MS in Botany and Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Achala KC, Major Professor: Posy Busby