Plant Pathology Association
Plant Pathology Student Spotlight
María L. Burgos Garay is a 6th year PhD student from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Maria works in the lab of Dr. Gary W. Moorman on the effects of heterotrophic bacterial communities on Pythium spp. in recycled irrigation water. She completed a B.S. in Microbiology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She then worked for several years, including at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories, located in Lionville, PA, before deciding to go back to graduate school. She was a Microbiologist II working in the Clinical Microbiology, Virology, and Field Investigation sections, to include having been trained to work with bioterrorism agents (select agents) but- luckily for her- Maria never had to work on a "real case." She has been involved in hosting exchange high school students and volunteering as a mentor for undergraduates, minorities, and international students through Penn State and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Maria’s hobbies include reading mystery novels, crocheting, and spending time with her kids. She is a member of the American Phytopathology Society (APS) Genetics Committee, APS Bacteriology Committee, and APS Committee for Diversity and Equality.