- Research at the OSU forest pathology lab is focused on understanding the interaction between fungal pathogens and forest trees. Broadly, we study the relationship between genes in the host and pathogen and how they impact virulence and pathogenicity. The over arching goal of this research is to understand how these interactions can be scaled to elucidate landscape level patterns of biotic disturbance. Specifically, we are using the Populus – Sphaerulina pathosystem to study host parasite interactions at the genomic level in order to develop a mechanistic understanding of this system. A variety of computational and molecular tools are used to achieve this goal.
jared.leboldus [at] science.oregonstate.edu
Forest pathology; the genomics host-parasite interactions in natural ecosystems; impacts of biotic disturbance on forest structure and function; molecular mechanisms of innate immunity in plants; tree and pathogen genomics; Populus spp.; Sphaerulina musiva.
Dr. Jared M. LeBoldus is an assistant professor of forest pathology at Oregon State University jointly appointed in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture and the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department in the College of Forestry. Dr. LeBoldus did his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in Forest Science. He completed an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Forest Biology and Management at the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. LeBoldus began his appointment at OSU in the fall of 2015 where he teaches classes and conducts research in the forests of the PNW.