Penn State Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is a tight-knit community of faculty, staff, and students united by our passion for exploring microorganisms and improving health and sustainability. We work to advance the science of plant diseases, understand infection processes and the mechanisms of disease and host resistance, and identify environmental and nutritional factors influencing plant health.

Name Title Email Phone
Z. Gloria Abad, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Plant Pathologist, Lead Scientist, USDA-APHIS-PPQ Gloria.Abad@aphis.usda.gov 301-313-9340
Franco Acevedo-Lugo M.S. Student fja31@psu.edu
Max Aleman Ph.D. Student mga55@psu.edu
John Ayers, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus jea@psu.edu
Paul A. Backman, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus pab24@psu.edu 251-622-3235
Ananda Y. Bandara, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar axb1739@psu.edu 814-865-7448
David Meigs Beyer, Ph.D. Professor of Mushrooms dmb8@psu.edu 814-863-7059
Molly Biver B.S. Student mbb5848@psu.edu
William Boone Farm Manager web17@psu.edu 814-692-8696
Mark A. Boudreau, Ph.D. Courtesy Faculty Member mab90@psu.edu 610-892-1268
Evan Buckner Ph.D. Student erb5465@psu.edu
Carolee T. Bull, Ph.D. Professor of Bacterial Systematics and Plant Pathology, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology ctb14@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Christina Fox Call, Ph.D. Assistant Professor cfc74@psu.edu 814-863-4292
Lauren Carneal Ph.D. Student lzc5724@psu.edu
Johanny Castro Chinchilla Ph.D. Student jgc96@psu.edu
Cameron Cedeno Research Technologist cjc315@psu.edu
Barbara Christ, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus ebf@psu.edu
Adrianna Cohen Potato Research Technologist, Qu Lab ajc6492@psu.edu 814-630-6127
Alyssa Collins, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor aac18@psu.edu 717-653-4728
Arabella (Bell) Confer Financial Assistant avc11@psu.edu 814-863-2998
Sharifa Crandall Assistant Professor of Soilborne Disease Dynamics and Management sgcrandall@psu.edu
Donald D. Davis, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus ddd2@psu.edu 814-865-1689
Isako Di Tomassi Research Assistant - Pecchia Lab iqd5102@psu.edu 8148632065
Jennie Diehl Mazzone Research Technologist/ Diagnostician/ Instructor jrd5407@psu.edu 814-863-0565
Paul D. Esker, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Field Crop Pathology pde6@psu.edu 814-865-0680
Nina Falcone M.S. Student ncf5126@psu.edu
Mikhyle Fehlman B.S. Student mwf5451@psu.edu
Luis Fernando Flores Ph.D. Student lff5235@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Athena Floros Undergraduate Student asf5349@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Nicholas Gabel M.S. Student nhg5043@psu.edu
Deivis Garay Salas Graduate Student dvg5616@psu.edu
David M. Geiser, Ph.D. Professor of Mycology dmg17@psu.edu 814-865-9773
Joshua Giesler M.S. Student jjg6825@psu.edu
Frederick E. Gildow, Jr., Ph.D. Professor Emeritus fegildow@gmail.com
Richard Gonzalez Ph.D. Student rsg5509@psu.edu
Mankanwal Goraya Graduate Student mfg5907@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Maria Gorgo-Simcox, B.S., M.S. Extension Educator, Horticulture mag38@psu.edu 484-335-2091
Beth K. Gugino, Ph.D. Assistant Dean for Graduate Education bkgugino@psu.edu 814-865-7328
John Halbrendt, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Emeritus jmh23@psu.edu
Kimberly Hall Graduate Program Coordinator kah6753@psu.edu 814-865-7069
Logan Haugh Part-Time Research Assistant lch5272@psu.edu
Bryan Hed Research Technologist bxh38@psu.edu 814-725-4601
Jeremy Held Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Biology jbh249@psu.edu
Rachel Herschlag Ph.D. Student rzh5313@psu.edu
Winand Hock, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus wkh1@psu.edu
Kevin L. Hockett, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology klh450@psu.edu 814-865-4472
Yang Hsu Graduate Student ymh5314@psu.edu 814-409-8831
Scott A. Isard, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus sai10@psu.edu 814-865-6290
Md Tariqul Islam Postdoctoral Scholar mki5039@psu.edu 814-863-4211
María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, Ph.D. Interim Department Head, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology; jimenez-gasco@psu.edu 814-863-2355
Ilhyeong Jo Graduate Student ijj5060@psu.edu
Edward Kaiser Research Technologist eqk3@psu.edu 814-863-2168
Seogchan Kang, Ph.D. Professor sxk55@psu.edu 814-863-3846
Mihail Kantor, Ph.D. Assistant Research Professor mpk6148@psu.edu (814) 865-0717
Livleen Kaur Ph.D. Student lvk5391@psu.edu
Mariah Sophia Kidd M.S Student mqk6039@psu.edu
Seong Hwan Kim, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor Retiree skim@state.pa.us
Swathi Kothattil Ph.D. Student sqk6131@psu.edu
Crosley Kudla-Williams M.S. Student cpk5207@psu.edu
Gretchen A. Kuldau, Ph.D. Associate Professor kuldau@psu.edu 814-863-7232
Eric Larson Postdoctoral Scholar ejl5778@psu.edu
Ningxiao Li Postdoctoral Scholar, Geiser Lab nxl929@psu.edu 814-863-2074
McKenna Loney Undergraduate Student mel5948@psu.edu 610-892-1303
Quinn Loudy B.S. Student qrl5006@psu.edu
Karen Luong Ph.D. Candidate kml6400@psu.edu
Luke May Part-Time Research Associate lbm5445@psu.edu
Sara R. May, Ph.D. Head Diagnostician and Plant Disease Clinic Manager srm183@psu.edu 814-865-2204
Tyler McFeaters Research Technologist tsm31@psu.edu
Janice McMahon Building Coordinator jnm7@psu.edu 814-865-3236
Timothy W. McNellis, Ph.D. Associate Professor twm4@psu.edu 814-863-7646
Cameron Mehalek cam7861@psu.edu 717-677-6116
Marysabel Mendez Acevedo Mushroom Research Technologist mxm6884@psu.edu
Avalon Miller Ph.D. Candidate abm6697@psu.edu
Melanie Miller Foster Associate Teaching Professor of International Agriculture mjm727@psu.edu 814-867-3831
Chad Moore Biological Technician cem18@psu.edu
Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus g1m@psu.edu
Ram Neupane Ph.D. Candidate rcn5099@psu.edu
Chelsea Newbold Ph.D. Student cln68@psu.edu
Linda Nobrega Administrative Assistant lkn5169@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Eoin O'Connor Postdoctoral Scholar epo5193@psu.edu (814) 863-2065
Samuel Osabutey Ph.D. Student szo5292@psu.edu
Sydney Ostlund Ph.D. Student sjo5372@psu.edu
John A. Pecchia, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor jap281@psu.edu 814-865-1008
Eva Joy Pell, Ph.D. Senior Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, Emerita ejp@psu.edu
Kari A. Peter, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor, Tree Fruit Pathology kap22@psu.edu 717-778-4587
Justin S. Pita, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, pita.wave.ci@gmail.com
Joshua Pittek Undergraduate Student jrp5942@psu.edu
Xinshun Qu, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor xsq1@psu.edu 814-867-4928
Sarah Richards Ph.D. Student, Ecology scr5400@psu.edu
Damiana Rojas M.S. Student dsr5455@psu.edu
Caterina Roman Graduate Student ccr5329@psu.edu
Veronica Roman-Reyna, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Global Change Pathology roman-reyna@psu.edu 814-865-6290
Marilyn J. Roossinck, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus mjr25@psu.edu
Cristina Rosa, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Plant Virology czr2@psu.edu 814-867-5372
Daniel J. Royse, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus djr4@psu.edu 814-308-2800
Carl Schlagnhaufer, Ph.D. Lab Research Technician cds3@psu.edu 814-863-2065
Makayla Evangeline Schuhmacher Undergraduate Student mes6980@psu.edu
Sadie Seaman Graduate Student sms9853@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Olanrewaju Michael Shittu Ph.D. Candidate oms5169@psu.edu
Judith P. Sinn Assistant Research Professor jps6@psu.edu 814-863-7399
Cameron Smith Undergraduate Student acs6023@psu.edu 814-865-7448
Jamie Spychalla Ph.D. Student jps7132@psu.edu
Elwin Stewart, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus els4@psu.edu
Anthony Taylor Plant Biology Ph.D. student aat5490@psu.edu
Hanh Tran Research Technologist hxt5213@psu.edu
James Travis, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus jwt2@psu.edu
Ryan V. Trexler Graduate Student rxt92@psu.edu
Zonyha Velez-Ferrer Ph.D. Student zmv5022@psu.edu
Vedha Viddam B.S. Student vrv5046@psu.edu
Fabrício Rocha Vieira, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar fur10@psu.edu 814-863-2065
Tony Vozzella M.S. Student adv5224@psu.edu
Emma Wallace Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and Development ecw25@psu.edu
Qin Wang Research Support Technician quw11@psu.edu 814-867-0300
Dilooshi Weerasooriya Postdoctoral Scholar/Lab Manager wkw18@psu.edu 814-863-4798
Brenda Wingfield, Ph.D. Adjunct Full Professor, Brenda.Wingfield@fabi.up.ac.za
Savannah Wolfe M.S. Student, Plant Pathology sjw6208@psu.edu
Yinong Yang, Ph.D. Professor yuy3@psu.edu 814-867-0324
Diane Yoder Administrative Support Coordinator and Office Manager dyoder@psu.edu 814-863-7065