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Graduate Student
410 Stakman Hall

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

Brian Steffenson
  • B.S. Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Hometown: Madison, WI

What is plant pathology to you? 

Plant pathology is a pragmatic discipline involved in the concerted and perpetual effort to ensure security in modern agriculture.

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

I was interested in agriculture and genetics prior to my undergraduate years, so plant pathology was a reasonable degree to pursue. I arrived at the University of Minnesota due to its prominence in the field and the availability of research topics the piqued my interest.

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 become competent in plant resistance genetics and produce useful research which may help to develop small grains crops with more durable resistance to threatening pathogens.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy canoeing, hiking, baking, and cooking.

Areas of Interest

My research will focus on disease resistance in small grain crops. Specifically, I will perform genome-wide association studies of rust resistance in the wheat relative Aegilops longissima, and of Fusarium head blight resistance in barley.