M.S. Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University M.S. Plant Biotechnology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dhrawad, Karnataka, India B.S. Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dhrawad, Karnataka, India
My research will be focused on Bacterial Leaf Streak (BLS) of wheat. BLS is an emerging major bacterial disease of wheat. There is a lack of resistant cultivars and effective chemical control measures to manage this disease. In addition, the biology and epidemiology of this pathogen is not well understood. An attempt to study the biology of the pathogen and source of resistance will be made.
Hometown: Dharwad, Karnataka, India
What is your favorite fungus?
What is plant pathology to you?
I have a passion for research, and the goal of my career is to contribute my service towards solving plant disease problems. My vision of food security and a hunger-free world is a motivation to move forward. Plant disease problems fascinate me and I enjoy diagnosing and working with them. It gives me true joy and pleasure in what I do. The best part about solving the disease problems is that it never stops. The biology of many pathogens keeps changing and becomes even more challenging. I find it pretty amazing and exciting.
Why did decide to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota? Tell us about your path to Plant Pathology.
I am a full-time employee at Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) located in Crookston, MN. I work in the "Small Grains and Canola Plant Pathology" laboratory with Dr. Madeleine Smith. My educational background, past research experience and my present work is a motivation for me to move forward. I feel fortunate to be part of such a prestigious department. My research interests are host-parasite interaction, epidemiology, population genetics of fungal/bacterial/viral diseases. I would like to work with Dr. Smith as my interests are directly related and compatible with her research programs. Also, the availability of infrastructure at the NWROC, gives me a perfect environment to reach my professional goals.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time at the University of Minnesota, and what are your goals for the future?
I hope to hone my skills in research, plant disease diagnosis, Extension and outreach. I am hoping to polish my management and communication skills, developing leadership, mentoring, creativity and social skills among a diverse group of people. NWROC is a place where I work among diverse group of people and I am fortunate to get opportunities to supervise undergraduate students from Crookston campus. All these people play a major role and impact my day-to-day life and learning process. My future goal is to establish a career in academia focusing on plant pathology research and extension programs.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Reading, listening to music and cooking
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