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Hunter Swisher leveraged his plant science studies and Penn State resources for entrepreneurs into a fast-growing startup company that has secured up to $1.5 million in investment funding.
October 28, 2019

Hunter Swisher, 2016 plant sciences graduate and entrepreneur, recently secured up to $1.5 million in new investment funding for Phospholutions, his startup fertilizer solution company.

Using Penn State’s entrepreneurial resources, biology student Sherveen “Shevy” Karbasi is bringing complete blood count testing out of the clinic and onto a smartphone via HemoGO, an app capable of delivering a CBC in less than a minute, all within the co
May 9, 2019

Using Penn State’s entrepreneurial resources, biology student Sherveen “Shevy” Karbasi is bringing complete blood count testing out of the clinic and onto a smartphone.

Phospholutions CEO and Penn State alumnus Hunter Swisher. IMAGE: PENN STATE
October 25, 2018

Licensing a technology created in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State startup Phospholutions developed a soil-amendment product called RhizoSorb. The product aims to reduce phosphorus runoff and enhance plant root depth, decreasing the amount of both water and fertilizer needed to have healthy plants.

Penn State graduate Curtis Frederick is enjoying a career as a senior agronomist at Sterman Masser Inc., a large, family-owned potato company, in Sacramento, Pennsylvania. (Image: Curtis Frederick)
September 26, 2018

Curtis Frederick really digs potatoes. And that's a good thing considering that the 2009 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is enjoying a career as a senior agronomist at Sterman Masser Inc., a large, family-owned potato company, in Sacramento, Pennsylvania.

Jen Petrella (Image: Michael McDade)
May 1, 2018

One year after graduating, Penn State alumna Jen Petrella is using her four-year degree to help fight cancer at the University of Pennsylvania.

March 2, 2018

This is a nice reminder of why we will be celebrating her career with an upcoming retirement party on JUNE 16, 2018 (SAVE THE DATE). Announcements and instructions for registering for the event will be published here shortly.

November 20, 2017

PPEM alumni Hunter Swisher and Ben Nason recognized at first Penn State Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill.

November 10, 2017

Penn State turf network helps PPEM 2016 alumnus and entrepreneur Hunter Swisher launch Phospholutions.

Dr. Kira Bowen, Auburn University | Credit: Penn State
October 25, 2017

Merrill Lab alumna Dr. Kira Bowen was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award by the College of Agricultural Sciences on October 25.

Image: Penn State
July 31, 2017

Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda becomes Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Millersville University on Aug. 1.

Image: Gretchen Rebarchak, State College, PA
May 11, 2017

PPEM mourns the loss of Dr. James R. Bloom, Sr., who died on May 10. He was Dept. Head, 1975-1976, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1987.

Image: Emily Pfeufer, University of Kentucky
April 24, 2017

Emily Pfeufer (M.S. 2010, Ph.D. 2014) is Assistant Extension Professor in Dept. of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky.

Vija Wilkinson (L) and Carolee Bull (R) | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State
April 13, 2017

The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology held its 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony on April 13.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
April 3, 2017

December 2016 graduate Yueying Chen begins work as postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State on April 3.

Drs. Tim McNellis (L) and Carla Garzón (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
March 15, 2017

Alumna Carla Garzón visits PPEM faculty and students and delivers PPATH 590 seminar on March 13.

Image: Jairo Castaño Zapata, Universidad de Caldas
March 10, 2017

Alumnus Dr. Jairo Castaño Zapata (Ph.D., 1981), was recognized by Colombia's Ministry of Education on March 10.

March 1, 2017

Dr. Thomas K. Mitchell, former undergraduate in the Royse Lab, was promoted to full professor at Ohio State in February 2017.

Eva Pell, Jim Bloom, and Becky Peplinski | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
January 26, 2017

See photos from the PPEM Annual Winter Party held at Celebration Hall on Jan. 26.

November 29, 2016

Postdoc Sarah Capasso will be Asst Biosafety Officer in the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety at the Univ. of Pennsylvania in Jan. 2017.

Image: Penn State University
November 29, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Aynardi, who will be Northeast Research Scientist for PBI-Gordon Corporation following his Dec. graduation.

November 3, 2016

The year 2016 was a successful one for Dr. Tim McNellis, several former and current advisees, and select undergraduates.

Drs. Carolee Bull (L) and Kira Bowen (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
October 31, 2016

Alumna Dr. Kira Bowen (B.S., 1980) led a manuscripts publication workshop and presented a seminar for the dept. on October 31.

Image: Kimberly S. Kiel, Novella Clinical
September 14, 2016

Alumna Kimberly Kiel is a 2016 Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award honoree.

Image: Lauren Steinberg, Penn State University
August 26, 2016

Mushroom industry groups and an alumnus have donated to the Foundations for Leadership and Innovation Endowment in Plant Pathology.

Dr. Jim McCreight | Image: Carolee Bull, Penn State University
June 24, 2016

Former mentee of Bill Merrill and former supervisor of Carolee Bull, Penn State alumnus and USDA ARS-Salinas Research Leader Jim McCreight visits PPEM.

May 22, 2016

The Daily Local News features Dr. David Beyer addressing West Chester area mushroom flies infestation.

(L-R) Dr. Gretchen Kuldau, Willis Glass, and Dr. Catherine Cutter (Food Science) after the graduation ceremonies. Image: Gretchen Kuldau
May 8, 2016

One Ph.D. Plant Pathology graduate, one Mushroom Science Technology minor graduate, and five iMPS Homeland Security graduates join PPEM alumni.

April 19, 2016

2014 graduate Hilary Kessler Cheesman manages an Infectious Diseases and Immunology lab at UMass Medical School.

Dr. Kelly L. Ivors
April 19, 2016

Alumna Dr. Kelly Ivors (Ph.D. 2002) presented a PPEM seminar about the strawberry industry's response to methyl bromide loss.

Image: Steven Lee
April 18, 2016

2011 graduate Steven Lee sends news of his work from the past five years and his new position in the Grape and Prunus Breeding Program.

Image: Delphina Mamiro
March 31, 2016

Alumna Delphina Mamiro (Ph.D., Plant Pathology, 2007) makes a difference in the lives of women in Tanzania through teaching, research, and outreach programs.

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Kiel.
March 11, 2016

Former PPEM undergrad researcher Kiel takes own quest for STEM diversity and inclusion to next level of paying it forward.

February 3, 2016

Penn State News features alumna Anna Testen (M.S. 2012) in Int'l Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program article.

December 17, 2015

Dr. David M. Beyer reflects on 25 years of service to Penn State and remembers some of those who helped to shape his career.

December 7, 2015

As of Dec. 7, 2015, PPEM alumnus Dr. Alamgir Rahman works as a postdoctoral researcher in NC State's Vegetable Pathology Lab.

October 19, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Vasileios Bitas, who has accepted a position as a scientist with Symbiota in Cambridge, MA.

April 1, 2015

Ph.D. graduate and current postdoc Emily Pfeufer leaves this week to join the Plant Pathology faculty at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Our department's gratitude and pride in her work will continue after her departure. We wish Dr. Pfeufer well!