Mladen Cucak

Mladen Cucak

  • Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Esker Lab
206A Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Pathology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Epidemiology of Plant Diseases
  • Biostatistics
  • Data Science


  • PhD in Plant Pathology/Epidemiology. Maynooth University/Teagasc; The Republic of Ireland (2020)
  • MS in Agronomy: Biomolecular Techniques and Plant Protection. Maribor; Slovenia (2015)
  • MSc in Plant Production - Plant Protection. Banja Luka; Bosnia and Herzegovina (2011)

The focus of my work is on understanding and quantifying the relationship between the pest, host, environment and human interaction in diverse agronomic pathosystems, in order to turn it into practical integrated pest management decision-making advice. I am combining statistical and mathematical computational approaches (example) and applied field/lab methods (example) to simplify and understand these relationships.