Fall 2023 PSLA Seminars

September 6, 2023

Seminars for this semester will be held on Mondays at 12:00PM virtually and in person where indicated. Seminars are hybrid.  If you are interested in meeting with any of the speakers, please notify the host faculty member. Questions? Contact Seminar Co-Chairs Dr. Vijay Tiwari or Dr. Colby Silvert


Guest Speaker:

Presentation Title

Virtual/In person


Faculty Host:

Sponsor: Recordings:
9.11.23 Nicole Fiorellino, PhD

“Do As I Say, Not as I Did”: Lessons Learned from

Applied Research to Increase Farmer Profitability in Maryland

In person University of Maryland VijayTiwari/Colby Silvert    
9.18.23 June Kwak, PhD Cellular Precision in Plant's Decision to Separate In Person DGIST-Republic of Korea Angus Murphy    
10.2.23 Washington da Silva, PhD

Small Things Considered: Using RNA Molecules and Nanotechnology to Control

Plant Pathogens

In Person Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Fereshteh Shahoveisi    
10.9.23 Adam Schoen, PhD Candidate

Living in the Future Using Wheat’s Genomic Toolbox for its Improvement

In Person UMD VijayTiwari/Colby Silvert    
10.16.23 Danielle Bilot, PhD Re-thinking the Urban Mosaic for a Changing Climate and Landscape In person   Naomi Sachs and Deni Ruggeri    
10.30.23 Justin Farris, PhD Genetic dissection of inverse gene-for-gene interactions in the wheat-tan spot pathosystem In-person USDA Nidhi Rawat    
11.6.23 Joshua McGrath, PhD Be kind. Be hopeful. Find mentors! And other lessons I’ve learned in science. In-person OCP NA Nicole Fiorellino    
11.13.23 TBD TBA          
11.20.23 Sherif Sherif, PhD “A Dive into the Molecular Intricacies of Bloom Timing and Frost Resilience in Fruit Trees” In-person Virginia Tech Macarena Farcuh    
11.27.23 Alfred Huo, PhD

Genetic Improvement of Horticultural Crops with Advanced Breeding Tools

Virtual University of Florida Daniel RL    
12.4.23 Jera Niewoehner-Green, PhD Systems Thinking: A tool to address inequality in teaching, research and outreach In-person Ohio State University Colby Silvert    
12.11.23 Joseph Donaldson, PhD Excellence for Extension Program Planning and Evaluation In-person NC State University Melissa Leiden Welsh    


Spring 2023 PSLA Seminars