Emily E. Pfeufer

Emily is a recent Ph. D. graduate of the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology department, advised by Beth Gugino. Emily's work involved bacterial pathogens of onion.

 I’ve been a Nittany Lion from birth, having grown up in north-central PA in a family full of Penn State alumni. I attended Allegheny College for my B.S., where I majored in Biology and was on the Gator Track and Field team. After graduation, I came to Penn State PPEM to work on my master’s degree on resistance to fungicides in the apple scab pathogen, Venturia inaequalis. After completing my M.S. in 2010, I began work with Beth Gugino in the vegetable pathology lab, where I’m nearing the end of my dissertation. We are focusing on ‘Ecology and integrated management of bacterial rots of onion,’ where we’ve learned a lot about the challenges of managing bacterial disease and have elucidated several potential solutions for growers in reducing diseases that may be caused by up to nine different species of bacteria! Through both my M.S. and Ph.D. experiences, I have grown to love applied research and teaching, particularly in the extension format, which I would like to pursue professionally.

When I’m not in the lab, the greenhouse, or the field, you might find me running, hiking, or trying out new recipes.

My advice to prospective and new students: keep an open mind, try lots of new things, and learn from failures (which happen to everyone from time to time).