Prem Prasad Kandel, Ph.D.

Prem Prasad Kandel, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Hockett Lab
315 Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802


  • Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Auburn University, 2017
  • M.S., Plant Protection, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2011
  • B.S., Agriculture, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2008

Current Research

Interactions mediated by bacteriocins among Pseudomonas syringae pathovars

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2016 Student Travel Award, American Phytopathological Society
  • 2016 Outstanding Ph.D. Student of Department of Plant Pathology, Auburn University
  • 2012 Travel Award for First Pears Foundation Alumni Workshop at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2011 Full scholarship for summer course at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Science Engineering (SCELSE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2010 Scholarship for M.S. thesis stream by Pears Foundation, UK
  • 2009 Johny Fraser Memorial Scholarship for M.S. Studies in Nutritional Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2004-2008 Tribhuvan University Fellowship for undergraduate studies


Chen H, Kandel PP, Cruz LF, Cobine PA, De La Fuente L. 2017. The major outer membrane protein MopB is required for twitching movement and affects biofilm formation and virulence in two Xylella fastidiosa strains. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. (published online on 19 September 2017)

Kandel PP, Almeida RP, Cobine PA, De La Fuente L. 2017. Natural competence rates are variable among Xylella fastidiosa strains and homologous recombination occurs in vitro between subspecies fastidiosa and multiplex. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 30:589-600

Kandel PP, Lopez SM, Almeida RP, De La Fuente L. 2016. Natural competence of Xylella fastidiosa occurs at a high frequency inside microfluidic chambers mimicking the bacterium's natural habitats. Appl Environ Microbiol 82:5269 –5277

Kandel PP, Pasternak Z, van Rijn J, Nahum O, Jurkevitch E. 2014. Abundance, diversity and seasonal dynamics of predatory bacteria in aquaculture zero discharge systems. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 89(1):149-61