Alumni News

As the National Program Leader for Plant Pathology with the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, alumna Rubella Goswami (Ph.D. 2005) works with programs in the Plant Protection area, supporting initiatives that protect food production systems and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. Read more >>

Vergel Concibido was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus award from the Department of Plant Pathology. His former advisor Nevin Young nominated Vergel for this award. Read more >>

Plant Pathology Alumnus Ben MillettAs a Research Scientist in the Data Science & Informatics Department at DuPont Pioneer, alumnus Ben Millett (Ph.D. 2008) creates user-friendly interfaces to the models with which the breeders and other research scientists can interact. The overall goal of this is to use predictions to inform advancement decisions and prescribe the right management practices. Read more>>

Congrats to alumnus Dave Rizzo (Ph.D. 1993) for being awarded the 2017 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. This award is funded through philanthropic gifts managed by the UC Davis Foundation and, at $45,000, it is believed to be the largest recognition of its kind in the nation! Read more>>

As a USDA Plant Pathologist, plant pathology alumnus Dimitre Mollov (Ph.D. 2012) is driven to develop diagnostic protocols for use in federal and state regulatory and research programs with the objective of preventing the introduction and spread of plant viral diseases in U.S. agriculture. Read more>>

Alumnus David Rizzo (Ph.D. 1993featured in the New York Times for his work investigating tree deaths in California due to sudden oak death. 

Plant Pathology Alumnus Mike Wingfield (Ph.D. 1983) was recently honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. Read more >>

Alumnus Zane Grabau (M.S. 2013, Ph.D. 2015) recently was offered the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Entomology and Nematology Department. Read more >>

As an Adjunct Professor at Universidad de la Republica, Plant Pathology alumnus Carlos Perez (PhD 2008, MS 2005) brings together two diverse areas of study focusing on plant disease management of both Eucalyptus tree and field crop diseases in Uruguay. Read more >>

Plant Pathology alumnus John Laurence (MS 1973, PhD 1976) retired from the U.S. Forest Service on September 30, 2015. Read more about the career of Laurence who has held positions at Cornell University, BTI, and the US Forest Service. 


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