Current Lab Members

Fidele Akum
Ellie Yin
Emily Rustad
Lorena Rangel
Sandra Mosquera Lopez
Hung Doan
Peter Henry
Kaitlyn Kelly
Sampson Li
Catherine Williams

 

 

Fidele Akum

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Postdoctoral Scholar, since May 2016
akum (at) ucdavis.edu

I work on host-microbes interactions. My work is focused on the biological control of soil-borne pathogens and crop protection in a tripartite system involving bacteria, fungi and plants. My research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie the synergistic antagonism of soil bacteria from the genera Collimonas and Bacillus against soi borne plant pathogenic fungi in the laboratory, greenhouse and field settings. I am using the interaction between tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici (FOL) as a model system.

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Ellie Yin

Postdoctoral Scholar, since June 2017
xcyin (at) ucdavis.edu

Studying the composition of bacterial and fungal communities on the leaf and root surfaces of healthy and diseased citrus trees.

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Emily Rustad

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Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student, since Winter 2012
ekrustad (at) ucdavis.edu

My research is focused on looking at the effect of bacterial IAA-degrading (iac) genes on plant growth and health.  I am interested in seeing how plant hormone homeostasis can be manipulated to improve plant resistance to certain pathogens and to gain a better understanding of plant hormone metabolism in general.

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Lorena Rangel

Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student, since Fall 2012
lirangel (at) ucdavis.edu

http://lorenarangel.com/

I am interested in plant-microbe interactions, specifically the role of epiphytic bacteria affecting plant health and food safety.

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Sandra Mosquera Lopez

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Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student, since Fall 2013 (jointly with Stergiopoulos Lab)
smosquera (at) ucdavis.edu

Current research interest: Evolution of fungal-bacteria interaction.

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Hung Doan

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Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student, since Fall 2014
hkdoan (at) ucdavis.edu

Working on using artificial leaf surfaces to study phyllosphere microbes.

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Peter Henry

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Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student, since Fall 2015
pmhenry (at) ucdavis.edu

I studied the ability of iron-chelating compounds to suppress angular leaf spot of strawberry, causal agent Xanthomonas fragariae, and am now working on the ecology of Fusarium species that are (non)pathogenic on strawberry.

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Kaitlyn Kelly

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Junior specialist, since June 2015
knkelly (at) ucdavis.edu

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Sampson Li

Junior Specialist, since February 2017
gsli (at) ucdavis.edu

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Catherine Williams

UC Davis undergraduate student in Global Disease Biology, in the lab since Winter 2017
chwilliams (at) ucdavis.edu

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