Samantha Rude

Graduate Student
420 Stakman

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

Dr. Ashok Chanda
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS 2018, MS 2020


About Samantha

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA

What is plant pathology to you? 

A broad field that utilizes aspects of epidemiology, biology, and genetics of phytopathogenic organisms to develop strategies for disease management and promote food security.

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

The University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology prestigious history in the field and a longstanding role as a program at the forefront of new discoveries. Plant pathology as a field interests me because of the number of various approaches one can take to study plant pathogens as well as the diversity of pathogens plants face. My first lab experience studying a root pathogen made me interested in soilborne diseases and looking for a program in which I could continue to study Plant Pathology while gaining new skills and knowledge.  

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

The goal of my research is to present solutions and support for Sugarbeet growers facing Aphanomyces root rot. I hope to build more experience in research, teaching and extension that I can use to contribute to the field of Plant Pathology overall.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy cooking/baking, and reading. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, weather permitting.

Areas of Interest

Developing a DNA-based diagnostic tool for identification and quantification of Aphanomyces cochlioides, the causal agent of Aphanomyces root rot of Sugarbeet, in field and soil. Investigating the genetic and pathogenic diversity in isolates of Aphanomyces spp including Aphanomyces euteiches and identifying genes involved in pathogenicity and host-pathogen interactions.