Eric Nazareno

Postdoctoral Associate - Steffenson Lab

St. Paul, MN 55108
United States


My research interests include genetic resistance, molecular-plant microbe interactions, molecular biology, and linkage/association mapping. I have also been interested in the field of genomics and bioinformatics and their applications on managing plant diseases.

In my Master's program at Tennessee State, I worked on developing molecular tools to identify virulence genes in bacterial plant pathogens and characterized their interaction with cucurbit hosts using GFP-tagging. My PhD work at UMN involved understanding the oat crown rust pathosystem through identifying virulence genes in the pathogen and developing rust-resistant oat lines. I employed a combination of association and linkage mapping to identify putative effector genes in the pathogen and map resistance genes in the host. Prior to graduate school, I worked as a Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute.

I enjoy biking, hiking, camping, and playing tennis with my family and friends. I love hanging out with my 5-year-old son and also enjoy playing music.