Klee Selected for Two APS Honors

Posted: March 15, 2016

Ph.D. student Sara Klee newly named as APS Office of Education board member and I. E. Melhus Symposium presenter at 2016 APS Annual Mtg.

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) Office of Education (OE) has chosen Penn State's Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) Ph.D. student Sara Klee for a one-year term as an OE board member.

Sara has also been selected as one of five winning applicants invited to speak at the 16th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium to be held during the 2016 APS Annual Meeting.  The symposium is titled "Microbial Friends and Foes: How Bacteria Help Plants Succeed – and Vice-Versa." Klee will receive a financial award of $800 to help cover the cost of her travel.

Sara's presentation for the symposium is titled "A novel transporter and a protein translation component are necessary for fire blight disease development." She plans to discuss two of the genes she characterizes in her Ph.D. work, their role in fire blight disease development, and the broader scope of her lab's virulence screen in uncovering novel virulence factors. 

Dr. Timothy McNellis is Sara's adviser.

"I am excited to share my passion about education with others throughout the next year...Excellence in science education for all people is one of my primary goals in life, so the more experience I can get related to that, the happier I will be." - Sara Klee