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  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Advised by: Dr. Kevin Hockett


  • Ph.D. Student
  • Co-advised by: Dr. María del Mar Jiménez Gasco and Dr. Beth K. Gugino


814-863-2495

Areas of Expertise

  • Verticillium wilt
  • Population biology: genetics, evolution, ecology
  • Ecology of host-pathogen interactions
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Marilyn Roossinck


  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. John Pecchia


Areas of Expertise

  • Trichoderma spp.
  • Mushroom pathogens
  • Agaricus bisporus production
  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Carolee Bull


Areas of Expertise

  • Phytobacteriology
  • Biological Control
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Kari Peter


Areas of Expertise

  • Post-harvest Pathology
  • Fresh produce quality
  • Musa spp. agronomic management
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology
  • Bell Lab


  • Visiting Ph.D. Student
  • Esker Lab


  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Advised by: Dr. Kevin Hockett


814-863-3073

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbe-microbe interactions
  • Microbe-host interactions
  • Microbiomes/Phytobiomes
  • Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology
  • Hockett Lab


  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Advised by: Dr. Seogchan Kang


  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. John Pecchia


814-863-1932

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Advised by: Dr. Cristina Rosa


814-863-4211

  • Advised by: Yinong Yang


814-867-0300

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genome Editing
  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Co-Advised by: Dr. Cristina Rosa and Dr. Wakar Uddin


814-863-4211

  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Cristina Rosa


814-863-4211

Areas of Expertise

  • Virology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Science
  • Genetics
  • Virus ecology
  • Serological detection of pathogens
  • Molecular detection of pathogens
  • Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Adviser: Dr. Terrence Bell


  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Gretchen Kuldau


814-863-1932

Areas of Expertise

  • Phylogenetics of Pinus ponderosa using plastid SSR and Mitochondrial DNA
  • Ph.D. Student, USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow
  • Advised by: Dr. Timothy McNellis


814-863-1932

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Beth Gugino


Areas of Expertise

  • Plant disease management
  • Host plant disease resistance
  • Diagnosis of plant diseases
  • M.S. Student
  • Vice President, Plant Pathology Association (PPA)
  • Co-advised by: Drs. Carolee Bull and Beth Gugino


814-863-0565

Areas of Expertise

  • Phytobacteriology
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology
  • Bell Lab


  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • Advised by: Dr. Kari Peter


717-353-5365

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Coordinator, Plant Disease Clinic


814-865-2204

  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Donald Davis


814-863-4878

  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. John Pecchia


  • Ph.D. Student in Plant Biology
  • Advised by: Dr. Cristina Rosa


814-863-4211

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Paul Esker


Areas of Expertise

  • Fungal Pathogens & Fungicide Efficacy
  • Plant Nutrient Uptake
  • Food Safety & Security
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Economic Development
  • International Agriculture
  • Extension Teaching
  • Poultry Science
  • Ph.D. Student
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • Advised by: Dr. Carolee Bull


814-863-5740

Areas of Expertise

  • Translational taxonomy
  • Plant-pathogen interaction
  • Molecular biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Yinong Yang


814-867-0300

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Kevin Hockett


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Bioinformatics & Genom
  • Bell Lab


  • PhD Student
  • Advised by: Dr. David Geiser


  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. David Geiser


Areas of Expertise

  • Population genetics
  • Fungal/Oomycete morphology and systematics
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Cristina Rosa


814-863-1932

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Yinong Yang


814-867-0300

Areas of Expertise

  • Genome Editing
  • Molecular Cloning
  • Pathogenicity Assays
  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Advised by: Dr. Terrence Bell


  • Ph.D. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Cristina Rosa


814-863-4211