Alumni News

Dr. Paul R. Giordano, a 2013 PhD graduate from Dr. Joe Vargas’ Lab is a Technical Services Representative - Bayer CropScience in Guelph, Ontario Canada.

Dr. Timothy Miles, a 2012 PhD graduate from Dr. Schilder’s Lab is a Plant Pathologist (Postdoctoral Researcher) at USDA-ARS in Salinas, California.

Laura Avila Miles, a 2011 M.S. graduate from Dr. Schilder’s Lab is a Plant Pathologist at Eurofins Plant Health Services in Gilroy, California. 

Jessie Sadowsky,  a 2011 M.S. graduate from Dr. Schilder’s Lab is working towards his PhD in Dr. Serita Frey’s lab at the University of New Hamshire.  His dissertation research will focus on how fungal communities influence organic matter transformations and storage in chronic nitrogen-enriched, soil carbon-aggrading temperate forests.

Dr. Ryan McNally, a PhD graduate from the Tree Fruit Pathology Lab  (Dr. George Sundin), is a postdoc Goss’s Wilt of Corn  (Clavibacter michiganensis) at the University of Minnesota in Carol Ishimaru’s and Dean Malvick’s lab.  

Lisa Renick an M.S. graduate who studied microbiology and molecular genetics under Dr. George Sundin, was promoted to Supervisory Investigator with the Detroit District of the U.S. Food and Drug administration.

Dr. Jessica Koczan, a PhD graduate from the Sundin lab, studying Plant Microbe Interactions, currently works at SEPRO as a postdoctoral research associate.

Dr. Megan Kennelly, a postdoc from George Sundin’s Lab, is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University, with responsibilities as the extension horticultural plant pathology and turf specialist for the state of Kansas.   

Dr. Lindsay Triplett, a PhD graduate from the Sundin lab, is now a Post Doctoral Fellow at Colorado State University in the Jan E. Leach Lab.  Lindsay was recently awarded a USDA-NIFA project titled “Plant-Based Detection of Food Safety Pathogens”, this project that will adapt receptors to detect species-specific pheromone molecules produced by human pathogens which are contaminants of fresh produce.

Dr. Youfu Zhao, a Postdoc in George Sundin’s Lab, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Zhao’s appointment focuses on research and teaching, and his research emphasis is host-pathogen interactions involving bacterial pathogens.

Erin Lizotte, an M.S. graduate who studied tree fruit pathology in the Sundin lab, is an Integrated Pest Management Educator with MSU Extension in the Cadillac, MI area.

Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette, a Ph.D. graduate from the Sundin lab, studying Plant Microbe Interactions is currently a postdoctoral research associate at North Carolina State University studying biofuel production by thermophilic bacteria.

Dr. Molly McGrath, a postdoc from George Sundin’s Lab, is a Technology Development Scientist at Monsanto Corporation based in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Zhonghua Ma, a postdoc from George Sundin’s Lab, is a Professor in the Biotechnology Institute at Zehjiang University in Hangzhou, China.

Dr. Mike Weigand, a Ph.D. graduate from the Sundin Lab studying microbial evolution, is a postdoctoral research associate at Georgia Tech University studying bacterial genomics.

Matt Berry, an M.S. graduate from the Sundin Lab, is currently a PhD student in the Department of Plant Biology at MSU.  

Dr. Amanda Gevens, a Ph.D. graduate from the Hausbeck Lab, is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the Department of Plant Pathology.  She also edits the Badger Beat Feature Column in the Badger Common’ Tater Potato Industry Magazine. 

Dr. Shaunta Hill, a 2009 Ph.D. graduate from the Hausbeck Lab, is employed with the Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

Dr. Lina Quesada-Ocampo,  a 2010 Ph.D. graduate from the Hausbeck Lab is an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. 

Dr. Julianna K. Wilson (Tuell), a 2003 M.S. graduate from the Hausbeck Lab completed her Ph.D. in Entomology and the Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (2007).  She currently works as a Michigan State University Extension Specialist specializing in tree fruit integrated pest management.

Dr. Leah Granke, a 2003 Ph.D. graduate from the Hausbeck Lab, is currently employed with Dow Agrosciences as a Research and Development Scientist. 

Dr. Marcelo Queijo, a 2007 Ph.D. graduate from the  Copeland Lab, is currently the North America Central Corn Breeding Leader at Dow AgroSciences, he is also on the board of directors for the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders.

Wenting (Wendy) Zheng, An M.S. graduate from Dr. Hao’s Lab is a Research Scientist in research and development with Chiquita / Fresh Express in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Phil Dwyer, A PhD graduate from Dr. Joe Vargas’ lab is a Turfgrass Scientist at Scotts MiracleGro, who writes a turfgrass column in the Green section of the Huffington Post. 

Dr. Joe M. Tohme, PhD, Crop Sciences is a Geneticist with CIAT and Adjunct Professor with Kansas State University. 

Dr. Patricia McManusPhD, Plant Pathology is Professor with the Dept. of Plant Pathology at University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Frank Louws, PhD Plant Pathology  Director - NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management and Professor for Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University. 

Dr. Jeff Stein, A 2002 PhD graduate from Dr. Willie KirkĀ’‘s lab is a Plant Pathology Lead in the Chemistry Division at Monsanto Corporation based in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Geradine Mukeshemana, Ph.D. graduate,  from James Kelly’s Lab, currently Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).

Dr. Ben Hamza, PhD graduate,  is director of technical operations at TruGreen. He develops innovative and responsible agronomic/horticultural programs through collaborations across the United States and Canada. Hamza also manages product and fleet assets, as well as federal and state regulatory and safety compliance.   

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