Jacob Botkin

Graduate Student
414 Stakman

1991 Upper Buford Circle
495 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Ashok Chanda
  • University of Minnesota, BS degree earned in 2017


Hometown: Corcoran, MN

What is plant pathology to you? 

Plant pathology is an essential field of science that allows plant producers access to the information they need to manage plant diseases, and prevent yield loss. 

Why did decide to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota? Tell us about your path to Plant Pathology.

I chose the University of Minnesota for graduate school due to the exceptional experience I had as an undergraduate studying Plant Science, and as a young professional in the Department of Plant Pathology.  My first internship was at the Plant Disease Clinic in Stakman Hall, where I became fascinated with disease causing microbes, especially fungi, and learned that I have a passion for lab work.  

What do you hope to accomplish in your time at the University of Minnesota, and what are your goals for the future?

One goal I have is to strengthen my writing skills, so that I can write grants and publishable papers throughout my career. My professional goal is to contribute to my field by publishing valuable research. 

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy growing a vegetable garden, especially with species in the nightshade family. Also, I like to hunt for grouse, waterfowl, and pheasants when I can. And, I go fishing up north, around the Grand Rapids area.

Areas of Interest

Developing an assay for the detection and quantification of Aphanomyces cochlioides, the causal agent of damping off and root rot of sugarbeet. Using RNA-Seq to evaluate host-pathogen interactions, and genome sequencing to look at oomycete effectors and the genetic diversity of A. cochlioides isolates. Finally, developing a remote sensing technique, using a hyperspectral camera, to detect Aphanomyces root rot of sugarbeet.