Liam Genter

Graduate Student
402 Stakman Hall

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

Robert Blanchette
  • 2016, B.S. Plant Science, University of Minnesota


Hometown: Mankato, MN


What is plant pathology to you? 

Plant pathology is a multidisciplinary and often overlooked subject that addresses some of the most important scientific and humanitarian challenges of our time.

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

As an undergraduate at UMN I was exposed to plant pathology through classes and work experience at the Plant Disease Clinic. I found the subject very interesting and decided to take the mycology course offered by the department. I have been hooked ever since, and I am excited to continue my studies as a graduate student.

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


In my time as a graduate student I want to build expertise in plant pathology and improve my laboratory skills. I also look forward to working with faculty members and other students and gaining experience in teaching. In the future I hope to work in plant pathology research, education, or extension.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

My hobbies include reading, cycling, gardening, camping, hiking, canoeing, cooking, and mushroom cultivation. I am also an animal lover, (dogs in particular).

Areas of Interest

My research focus is community fungal ecology of the Soudan Iron Mine and the impacts of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, an introduced fungus that causes white nose syndrome in hibernating bats.