Savana Lipps

Graduate Student
412 Stakman

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

Deborah Samac
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2019


Hometown: Woodbury, MN

What is plant pathology to you? 

Plant pathology is an interdisciplinary field where concepts of microbiology, genetics, epidemiology and more combine in an effort to solve disease problems and ultimately contribute to agricultural security.

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

Being a Minnesotan with a passion for plant pathology, I have been aware of the rich history of this department for a while. I remember how impressed I was to learn that the father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug, is an alumnus of the department. I was involved in summer research in Dr. Samac's lab during undergrad and enjoyed every minute of it. I got to know just how supportive and kind the faculty, staff and students of the department truly are. Now, I am excited to continue my path in this department 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?

I hope that the products of my research help growers improve their success in the field and provide insights to the scientific community about this pathosystem. I also hope to engage in scientific outreach and communication, and have experience studying agriculture internationally. My future career goal is engage to research that directly impacts the security of food, feed, fiber, and fuel of our world. 

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy practicing yoga, walking, mushroom hunting, and drinking coffee.

Areas of Interest

My research focus is on bacterial stem blight of alfalfa. I am investigating the roles of Pseudomonas syringae and other Pseudomonas species that are potentially synergistic in causing this disease.