Nick Rajtar

Graduate Student
404 Stakman

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

Robert Blanchette
  • B.S. Plant Science, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2018)


Hometown: Ham Lake, Minnesota

What is plant pathology to you? 

To me plant pathology is like being a plant detective. You get to stitch together clues in order to solve grand challenges, which is what I find so rewarding about the field.

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

I knew I had a desire to study forest pathology, mycology and entomology. At the University of Minnesota, I could combine all of these interests while studying under some of the most highly regarded faculty in my field of study.

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 gain a better understanding of forest pathology and more specifically the fungi that grow in association with Emerald Ash Borer. Upon completion of my Master's degree, I would like to continue in my graduate studies in a doctoral program.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Inside and outside of work, I enjoy being in the outdoors. Some hobbies include backwoods camping, canoeing, and running. I collect vinyl records, frequent microbreweries, and enjoy spending time with my cat Dickens.

Areas of Interest

My research is focusing on the biological control of Emerald Ash Borer. Specifically, I will be attempting to identify and test entomopathogenic fungi as a method for this biocontrol.