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May 2016 Rosa Lab Update

Dr. Cristina Rosa, Asst. Prof. of Plant Virology, introduces her new lab members and highlights recent lab accomplishments.
(L-R): Dr. Cristina Rosa, Natali Özber, Asifa Hameed, Andrew May, Kevin Cassidy, Kaixi Zhao, Dr. Paolo Margaria, and Joseph Walls.

(L-R): Dr. Cristina Rosa, Natali Özber, Asifa Hameed, Andrew May, Kevin Cassidy, Kaixi Zhao, Dr. Paolo Margaria, and Joseph Walls.

New Lab Members

  • Natali Özber, Plant Biology Ph.D. student. Natali will help to identify some of the plant proteins necessary to sustain viral movement during plant infection.
  • Asifa Hameed, Entomology Ph.D. student. Asifa is supervised by Entomology Professor and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator Dr. Ed Rajotte.

Recent or Upcoming Activities

Kevin Cassidy, Biology undergraduate

  • Participating as founding member of Blooms and Shrooms;
  • Sequencing the genome of a Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) isolate from Pennsylvania and comparing its molecular and biological features to a reference CMV isolate;
  • Actively participating in department outreach;
  • Looking forward to graduating in Fall 2016 and applying to graduate school.

Dr. Paolo Margaria, Postdoctoral Scholar

Andrew May, Biological Engineering undergraduate

  • Joined the lab in February 2016;
  • Participating as founding member of Blooms and Shrooms;
  • Learning fundamental techniques in molecular biology;
  • Working on the characterization of Tomato spotted wilt virus isolates causing atypical symptoms in Nicotiana tabacum;
  • Actively participating in department outreach.

Dr. Cristina Rosa, Assistant Professor

Joseph Walls, Ph.D. student

  • Went to Costa Rica with the International Agricultural Development Seminar (INTAD 820) course (See PHOTOS) where he visited CATIE and EARTH universities and multiple banana, coffee, and cacao plantations;
  • Received the Henry W. Popp Award;
  • Received the Herbert Cole Jr. Fund for Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology endowed award;
  • Currently determining how to optimally infect tomato plants with Tomato spotted wilt virus so that he can study the effects of climate change on the virus’s evolution and plant-defense responses.

Kaixi Zhao, Ph.D candidate

Contact Information

Cristina Rosa, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor, Plant Virology
Email:
Phone: 814-867-5372