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Justin Shih
October 18, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Justin Shih for passing his comprehensive examination.

Laura Kaminsky
October 11, 2019

Congratulations to Laura for passing her qualifying exam on October 11.

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October 10, 2019

A new strategic planning group at Penn State seeks to enhance engagement and continue to provide support to Pennsylvania’s Latinx agricultural community.

Juan Francisco Iturralde Martinez
September 23, 2019

Juan Francisco Iturralde Martinez successfully defended his thesis on September 20, 2019.

Michelle Paukett
September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Michelle for passing her qualifying exam on September 12.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu
August 27, 2019

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program selected Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu as a recipient for the 2019 Graduate Student Research Grant Award.

Melissa Mercado
August 26, 2019

At Penn State, step out of the classroom and into the greatest laboratory in the world—the Pennsylvania wilds, a hive of agricultural activity in every direction.

Terry Torres-Cruz
August 19, 2019

Congratulations to Terry for passing her qualifying exam on August 19.

Jeremy Held
July 25, 2019

Congratulations to Jeremy Held for passing his qualifying exam on July 25.

Joseph Walls
June 11, 2019

Joseph Walls successfully defended his thesis on June 10, 2019.

Sara May
June 10, 2019

Sara May successfully defended her dissertation on June 10.

Writing Productivity session attendees pause for a photo. IMAGE: CAROLEE BULL
May 24, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently concluded a seven-session writing productivity workshop on April 28, 2019.

Sara Klee, center, poses with Regina Vasilatos-Younken, dean of the Graduate School, and Neil Sharkey, vice president for research, at The Graduate School Alumni Society’s Spring Social and Recognition Dinner on March 23, 2019. IMAGE: STUDIO 2 PHOTOGRAPHY
May 14, 2019

Sara Klee, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Alumni Association Dissertation Award.

Laura Kaminsky, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. IMAGE: PENN STATE
May 13, 2019

Laura Kaminsky, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Siyi Ge
May 13, 2019

Siyi Ge successfully defended her thesis on May 10, 2019.

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May 6, 2019

Members of the Penn State Science Policy Society recently visited Washington, D.C., where they met with officials from several congressional offices and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the promotion of science and evidence-based policy.

Emma Wallace
April 29, 2019

Congratulations to Emma Wallace for passing her oral qualifying exam on April 26.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. IMAGE: PENN STATE
April 24, 2019

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the Phytobiomes Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year.

Sara Klee
April 12, 2019

Sara Klee successfully defended her dissertation on April 12.

Sara Klee IMAGE: PENN STATE
March 18, 2019

Sara Klee, doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award.

A doctoral student in plant pathology, Terry Torres-Cruz has an interest in fungi and works with David Geiser, professor of mycology, in Penn State's Fusarium Research Center. IMAGE: PENN STATE
February 7, 2019

Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.

Sara May
January 18, 2019

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Sara May for passing her comprehensive examination.

Natali Ozber
December 19, 2018

Natali Ozber successfully defended her dissertation on December 19.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu
December 3, 2018

Congratulations to Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu for passing her oral qualifying exam on Nov. 28.

Chauncy Hinshaw
December 3, 2018

Congratulations to Chauncy Hinshaw for passing his oral qualifying exam on Nov. 28.

Graduate students Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu (left) and Terry Torres Cruz were awarded SACNAS travel scholarships to present at the 2018 STEM diversity conference in San Antonio. IMAGE: PHOTO PROVIDED BY TERRY TORRES CRUZ
November 9, 2018

Students and faculty from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology attended The National Diversity in STEM Conference on October 11, 2018, hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The three-day conference was held in San Antonio this year and is scheduled to take place in Honolulu next year.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu
September 12, 2018

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Ph.D. student in Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, is the 2018 recipient of the Rose Hellaby postgraduate scholarship.

PPEM Graduate Students, from left, Juan Francisco Iturralde-Martinez, Phillip Martin and Joseph Walls. (Image: Penn State)
August 7, 2018

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program selected proposals of three plant pathology graduate students for the 2018 Graduate Student grant awards. Of the 61 proposals received, Northeast SARE awarded a total of 28 proposals at a funding level of $405,373. SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.

Genna Tesdall
June 26, 2018

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) recently announced the recipients of 12 Future Leaders Forum scholarships.

Joseph Thaddeus Walls, III
June 4, 2018

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Joseph Walls for passing his comprehensive examination.

Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón
May 31, 2018

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón for passing her comprehensive examination on May 30.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu
May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu who passed her doctoral candidacy exam on May 10.

Chauncy Hinshaw
May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Chauncy Hinshaw who passed his doctoral candidacy exam on May 10.

Emma Wallace
May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Emma Wallace who passed her doctoral candidacy exam on May 10.

Ningxiao Li
May 15, 2018

Ningxiao Li successfully defended her dissertation on May 14.

Christopher Smyth
May 14, 2018

Christopher Smyth successfully defended his dissertation on May 11.

Anita Behari
May 3, 2018

Anita Behari successfully defended her dissertation on May 3.

Robert Harvey
April 16, 2018

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Robert Harvey for successfully defending his dissertation on Feb. 27.

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April 13, 2018

Emma Rosenthal, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Image: Kaixi Zhao
April 11, 2018

Two educators in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received recognition for their teaching.

February 15, 2018

Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships are available for highly-qualified applicants. Apply by December 15 for full funding consideration.

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December 20, 2017

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kaixi Zhao for passing her comprehensive examination on December 20.

Credit: Michael Houtz, Penn State
December 8, 2017

Congratulations to Phillip Martin who passed his doctoral oral candidacy exam on December 8.

Credit: Michael Houtz, Penn State
December 5, 2017

Congratulations to Emma Rosenthal who passed her oral candidacy exam on December 5.

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December 1, 2017

Natali Özber's proposal was selected for funding by College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program.

Drs. John McDowell (L) and Paul Esker (R) | Credit: Nancy Wenner, Penn State
October 31, 2017

Dr. John M. McDowell, Professor at Virginia Tech, visited PPEM October 29-31 as a student-invited colloquium speaker.

(L-R) Drs. Kevin Hockett, Lindsay Triplett, and David Geiser | Credit: Nancy Wenner, Penn State
October 24, 2017

Dr. Lindsay Triplett from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station visited PPEM October 22-24.

Credit: Maliheh Safari, Penn State
October 16, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari successfully defended her dissertation on October 16.

Oyster Mushroom Grow-Kits | Credit: Justin Shih, Penn State
October 11, 2017

The Plant Pathology Association (PPA) offers oyster mushroom grow-kits to raise funds to send PPEM graduate students to conferences. Pre-order by October 18.

Drs. Manan Sharma (L) and Alyssa Collins (R) | Credit: Nancy Wenner, Penn State
October 9, 2017

Dr. Manan Sharma, Research Microbiologist at USDA-ARS, visited PPEM October 8-9.

(L-R) Drs. David Geiser, Carolyn Malmstrom, Terrence Bell | Credit: Nancy Wenner, Penn State
October 3, 2017

Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom, Associate Professor of Plant Biology at Michigan State, visited PPEM October 1-3.

Drs. Carolee Bull and Jim Bradeen at Fallingwater | Image: James Bradeen, University of Minnesota
September 26, 2017

Dr. James Bradeen, Professor and Department Head at the University of MN, visited PPEM September 24-26.

Drs. Zhonglin Mou (L) and Tim McNellis (R) | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State
September 19, 2017

Dr. Zhonglin Mou, University of Florida Associate Professor, was PPATH 590 Colloquium speaker on September 18.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State
September 7, 2017

Justin Shih passed his Ph.D. oral candidacy exam on September 7.

Dr. Gary Moorman | Image: Penn State
July 27, 2017

Emeritus Professor Gary Moorman offers valuable plant disease diagnosis techniques through PPATH 502 course.

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July 24, 2017

Northeast SARE awards Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón a 2017 Graduate Student Grant.

Image: Genna Tesdall, Penn State
July 19, 2017

Plant Science Ph.D. student Julianna Razryadov gave PPA students a campus green roofs tour on July 19.

Image: Natali Özber, Penn State
July 11, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Natali Özber concluded her Upward Bound 2017 course on July 11.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State
May 30, 2017

Ph.D. student Khumbuzile Bophela joins the Bull Lab this summer, beginning May 30.

May 18, 2017

Anita Behari and Ningxiao Li receive APS travel awards to present research at 2017 Annual Meeting.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State
April 27, 2017

PPEM welcomes Ph.D. student Andrea Wilson, visiting for two months from the University of Pretoria.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State
April 25, 2017

Congratulations to M.S. student Melissa Finley for successfully defending her thesis on April 25.

Bastian Minkenberg (R) | Image: Gary Thompson, Penn State
April 18, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg was selected for Penn State's Alumni Association Dissertation Award of $5,000.

Dr. Kevin Hockett (L) and Cláudio Maurício Vrisman (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State
April 17, 2017

Cláudio Maurício Vrisman, Ph.D. student from Ohio State, was a seminar exchange program speaker on April 17.

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
April 12, 2017

Commitment to outreach a major focus of Rosenthal's 2017-2018 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship.

Dr. Brian Staskawicz (L) and Sara Klee (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State
April 10, 2017

Dr. Brian Staskawicz delivered the Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture on April 10.

Drs. Erica Goss (L) and María del Mar Jiménez Gasco (R) | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State
April 4, 2017

Dr. Erica Goss, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, was PoppR Workshop instructor and colloquium speaker on April 3.

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March 26, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari received 2nd Place award in 2017 Graduate Exhibition.

Image: Elizabeth Cieniewicz, Cornell University
March 20, 2017

Elizabeth Cieniewicz, Ph.D. student, Cornell University-Geneva campus, was a seminar exchange program speaker on March 20.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
March 17, 2017

Congratulations to Phillip Martin, a 2017 awardee of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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.

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February 27, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg successfully defended his dissertation on Feb. 27.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
January 31, 2017

M.S. student Genna Tesdall's research project was one of five student research projects awarded funding in the Fall 2016 grant cycle.

PPEM dept. members on tour at Knouse Foods | Image: Kari Peter, Penn State University
January 27, 2017

Ph.D. student Phillip Martin organized a Jan. 27 PPEM group tour to learn about the fruit industry in Adams County.

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.

(L-R) Drs. María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, Beth Gugino, Freddy Magdama, Gretchen Kuldau, David Geiser, and Mary Barbercheck | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
January 20, 2017

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Freddy Magdama for successfully defending his dissertation on Jan. 20.

Image: Anita Behari, Penn State University
January 12, 2017

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Anita Behari for passing her comprehensive exam on Jan. 12.

January 1, 2017

Highly-qualified candidates are invited to apply for PPEM graduate research assistantships that begin Summer or Fall 2017.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
December 13, 2016

Congratulations to Edelio Bazán for passing his oral candidacy exam on Dec. 13.

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December 7, 2016

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Robert Harvey for passing his comprehensive exam on Dec. 7.

Drs. Gretchen Kuldau (L) and W. G. Dilantha Fernando (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
December 6, 2016

On Dec. 5-6, 2016, Dr. W. G. Dilantha Fernando, University of Manitoba, gave two seminars for PPEM related to wheat and canola.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
November 29, 2016

Congratulations to Jennie Mazzone who successfully defended her M.S. thesis on Nov. 29 and will join Bartlett Tree Experts in Jan. 2017.

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November 29, 2016

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

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November 17, 2016

Congratulations to Chris Smyth for passing his Ph.D. comprehensive exam on Nov. 17.

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November 14, 2016

Rob Harvey's graduate oral presentation won first place at the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
November 11, 2016

Congratulations to Tareq Islam for passing his oral candidacy exam on November 11.

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November 3, 2016

Congratulations to Joe Walls for passing his oral candidacy exam on November 3.

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: Charlotte Getson
October 22, 2016

Undergraduate Sara Getson reports on the Northeastern Division of the American Phytopathological Society's annual meeting held Oct. 19-21.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
October 19, 2016

Congratulations to Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón for her funded proposal supported by the James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen Memorial Endowment for International Plant Pathology.

Bill Wintermantel (L) and Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
October 18, 2016

USDA ARS Research Plant Pathologist Bill Wintermantel was the seminar speaker on October 17.

October 6, 2016

Ph.D. candidate Yueying Chen successfully defended her dissertation research on October 6.

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October 4, 2016

Penn State Agricultural Council honors Smyth as an outstanding leader in the Pennsylvania agricultural community.

Genna Tesdall (R) | Image: Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón, Penn State University
September 25, 2016

Plant Pathology Association volunteers participate in apple harvest at Rock Springs Sept. 24-25.

Melissa Finley (L) and Kristi Fenstermacher (R) | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
September 19, 2016

Summer interns Fenstermacher and Finley brought to fruition Penn State Node launch on Bugwood site.

Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
September 16, 2016

PPEM's annual Fall Welcome Potluck was held September 16 to introduce new dept. members.

(L-R) Chris Ramage, Carolee Bull, Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda, and Vsevolod Soltanov | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
September 14, 2016

First lab meeting of academic year planned research and welcomed new member Chris Ramage.

Image: Cristina Rosa, Penn State University
September 12, 2016

UC Riverside Associate Professor and Associate Plant Pathologist Dr. James Ng was the Sept 12 PPEM Colloquium Series speaker.