Penn State Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is a tight-knit community of faculty, staff, and students united by our passion for exploring microorganisms and improving health and sustainability. We work to advance the science of plant diseases, understand infection processes and the mechanisms of disease and host resistance, and identify environmental and nutritional factors influencing plant health.

Name Title Email Phone
Z. Gloria Abad, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Plant Pathologist, Lead Scientist, USDA-APHIS-PPQ Gloria.Abad@aphis.usda.gov 301-313-9340
Franco Acevedo-Lugo M.S. Student fja31@psu.edu
Max Aleman Ph.D. Student mga55@psu.edu
Muhammad Ali Visiting Scholar mua5023@psu.edu
Anahi Anaya B.S. Student aja6264@psu.edu
John Ayers, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus jea@psu.edu
Paul A. Backman, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus pab24@psu.edu 251-622-3235
Ananda Y. Bandara, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar axb1739@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Constanza Bartolomeo Koninckx M.S. Student cqb5864@psu.edu
Terrence H. Bell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes thb15@psu.edu 814-865-9653
David Meigs Beyer, Ph.D. Professor of Mushrooms dmb8@psu.edu 814-863-7059
Shaheen Bibi, Ph.D. Research Technologist szb6246@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Molly Biver B.S. Student mbb5848@psu.edu
Matt Black Marketing Communications Specialist mblack@psu.edu 814-867-0198
William Boone Farm Manager web17@psu.edu 814-692-8696
Mark A. Boudreau, Ph.D. Courtesy Faculty Member mab90@psu.edu 610-892-1268
Evan Buckner Ph.D. Student erb5465@psu.edu
Carolee T. Bull, Ph.D. Department Head, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology ctb14@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Christina Fox Call, Ph.D. Assistant Professor cfc74@psu.edu 814-863-4292
Lily Cao Graduate Student lyc5319@psu.edu
Johanny Castro Chinchilla Ph.D. Student jgc96@psu.edu
Cameron Cedeno B.S. Student cjc315@psu.edu
Barbara Christ, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus ebf@psu.edu
Alyssa Collins, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor aac18@psu.edu 717-653-4728
Arabella (Bell) Confer Financial Assistant avc11@psu.edu 814-863-2998
Cole Connolly Undergraduate Student ckc5403@psu.edu
Amy Corbett Administrative Assistant to the Department Head auh243@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Lindsay Coulter M.S. Student lnb5182@psu.edu
Sharifa Crandall Assistant Professor of Soilborne Disease Dynamics and Management sgcrandall@psu.edu
Uma Crouch M.S. Student utc5003@psu.edu
Mladen Cucak Postdoctoral Scholar mbc5867@psu.edu 814-863-4798
Donald D. Davis, Ph.D. Professor ddd2@psu.edu 814-865-1689
Matthew Davis Wage Staff mdd121@psu.edu
Miranda DePriest Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology mnd20@psu.edu
Isako Di Tomassi Research Assistant - Pecchia Lab iqd5102@psu.edu 8148632065
Jennie Diehl Mazzone Research Technologist and Assistant Diagnostician jrd5407@psu.edu 814-863-0565
Liina Eek Research Technologist lbe5120@psu.edu
Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu Ph.D. Candidate hze5@psu.edu
Paul D. Esker, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Field Crop Pathology pde6@psu.edu 814-865-0680
Chad Fautt Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology cwf30@psu.edu
William Fescemyer Research Technologist wxf144@psu.edu
Nicholas Gabel M.S. Student nhg5043@psu.edu
Raymond García-Rodríguez, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar rog5265@psu.edu 814-865-7448
David M. Geiser, Ph.D. Professor of Mycology dmg17@psu.edu 814-865-9773
Frederick E. Gildow, Jr., Ph.D. Professor Emeritus fegildow@gmail.com
Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, B.S., M.S. Extension Educator - Horticulture Team mag38@psu.edu 484-335-2091
Beth K. Gugino, Ph.D. Professor of Vegetable Pathology bkgugino@psu.edu 814-865-7328
Xiangrong (Ryan) Guo M.S. Student xxg5050@psu.edu
John Halbrendt, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Emeritus jmh23@psu.edu
Kimberly Hall Graduate Program Coordinator kah6753@psu.edu (814) 865-7069
Bryan Hed Research Technologist bxh38@psu.edu 814-725-4601
Jeremy Held Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Biology jbh249@psu.edu
Rachel Herschlag Ph.D. Student rzh5313@psu.edu
Chauncy Hinshaw Ph.D. Candidate crh54@psu.edu 814-863-4211
Winand Hock, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus wkh1@psu.edu
Kevin L. Hockett, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology klh450@psu.edu 814-865-4472
Scott A. Isard, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus sai10@psu.edu 814-865-6290
Md Tariqul Islam Ph.D. Candidate mki5039@psu.edu 814-863-4211
María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, Ph.D. Professor of Plant Pathology jimenez-gasco@psu.edu 814-863-2355
Edward Kaiser Research Technologist eqk3@psu.edu 814-863-2168
Laura Kaminsky Ph.D. Student lmk52@psu.edu
Seogchan Kang, Ph.D. Professor sxk55@psu.edu 814-863-3846
Mihail Kantor Assistant Research Professor mpk6148@psu.edu (814) 865-0717
Suraj Kar Postdoctoral Scholar, Plant Science sbk6011@psu.edu 814-865-9373
Mariah Kidd Graduate Student mqk6039@psu.edu
Seong Hwan Kim, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor Retiree skim@state.pa.us
Swathi Kothattil Ph.D. Student sqk6131@psu.edu
Kenan Ku B.S. Student ksk5439@psu.edu
Crosley Kudla-Williams M.S. Student cpk5207@psu.edu
Gretchen A. Kuldau, Ph.D. Associate Professor kuldau@psu.edu 814-863-7232
Eric Larson Postdoctoral Scholar ejl5778@psu.edu
Brian L. Lehman Research Technologist bll143@psu.edu 717-677-6116
Quinn Loudy B.S. Student qrl5006@psu.edu
Karen Luong Ph.D. Candidate kml6400@psu.edu
Jeremy Maggio B.S. Student jim5968@psu.edu
Luke May Part-Time Research Associate lbm5445@psu.edu
Sara R. May, Ph.D. Head Diagnostician and Plant Disease Clinic Manager srm183@psu.edu 814-865-2204
Tyler McFeaters Research Technologist tsm31@psu.edu
Chyanna McGee M.S. Student ctm5370@psu.edu
Janice McMahon Building Coordinator jnm7@psu.edu 814-865-3236
Timothy W. McNellis, Ph.D. Associate Professor twm4@psu.edu 814-863-7646
Andrew Miles M.S. Student, Plant Biology ajm7169@psu.edu
Avalon Miller Ph.D. Student abm6697@psu.edu
Dean Miller Part-Time Research Assistant dpm5682@psu.edu
Melanie Miller Foster Associate Teaching Professor of International Agriculture mjm727@psu.edu 814-867-3831
Chad Moore Biological Technician cem18@psu.edu
Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus g1m@psu.edu
Izzy Mowery B.S. Student imm5187@psu.edu
Ram Neupane Ph.D. Student rcn5099@psu.edu
Chelsea Newbold Ph.D. Student cln68@psu.edu
Eoin O'Connor Postdoctoral Scholar epo5193@psu.edu (814) 863-2065
Michelle Paukett Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State University mrp354@psu.edu
John A. Pecchia, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor jap281@psu.edu 814-865-1008
Michael Peck Research Technologist mxp30@psu.edu 814-630-6127
Eva Joy Pell, Ph.D. Senior Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, Emerita ejp@psu.edu
Kari A. Peter, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor, Tree Fruit Pathology kap22@psu.edu 717-677-6116 x223
Justin S. Pita, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, pita.wave.ci@gmail.com
Xinshun Qu, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor xsq1@psu.edu 814-867-4928
Sarah Richards Ph.D. Student, Ecology scr5400@psu.edu
Rachel Richardson Ph.D. Student rjr5856@psu.edu
Marilyn J. Roossinck, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus mjr25@psu.edu
Cristina Rosa, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Plant Virology czr2@psu.edu 814-867-5372
Emma Rosenthal Ph.D. Candidate err5@psu.edu 814-863-5740
Daniel J. Royse, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus djr4@psu.edu 814-308-2800
Carl Schlagnhaufer, Ph.D. Lab Research Technician cds3@psu.edu 814-863-2065
Justin Shih Ph.D. Student jws52@psu.edu 814-867-0300
Olanrewaju Shittu Ph.D. Student oms5169@psu.edu
Maura Siess B.S. Student mks6072@psu.edu
Judith P. Sinn Assistant Research Professor jps6@psu.edu 814-863-7399
Mary Smith Ph.D. Candidate mjs1282@psu.edu
Ryan Spelman M.S. Student rms6953@psu.edu
Jamie Spychalla Ph.D. Student jps7132@psu.edu
Elwin Stewart, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus els4@psu.edu
Emma Stockham B.S. Student eds5327@psu.edu
Jeremy Sutherland Ph.D. Student, Bioinformatics & Genomics jus1990@psu.edu
Anthony Taylor Graduate Student, Plant Biology Ph.D. program aat5490@psu.edu
Terry J Torres-Cruz Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Pathology and Biogeochemistry tjt33@psu.edu
Hanh Tran Research Technologist hxt5213@psu.edu
James Travis, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus jwt2@psu.edu
Ryan V. Trexler Graduate Student rxt92@psu.edu
Vedha Viddam B.S. Student vrv5046@psu.edu
Fabrício Rocha Vieira, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar fur10@psu.edu 814-863-2065
Chad Vosburg Research Technologist cvv5156@psu.edu
Emma Wallace Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and Development ecw25@psu.edu
Qin Wang Research Support Technician quw11@psu.edu 814-867-0300
Dilooshi Weerasooriya Postdoctoral Scholar/Lab Manager wkw18@psu.edu 814-863-4798
Cullen Wilson B.S. Student cjw465@psu.edu
Brenda Wingfield, Ph.D. Adjunct Full Professor, Brenda.Wingfield@fabi.up.ac.za
Yinong Yang, Ph.D. Professor yuy3@psu.edu 814-867-0324
Caylon Yates Ph.D. Candidate czy125@psu.edu
Diane Yoder Administrative Support Coordinator and Office Manager dyoder@psu.edu 814-863-7065