Graduate Students

Graduate Students

PSLA Graduate Students

Plant Science

Student Contact Information  Research Focus
grapes on the vine

Aaron Anderson

aand42@g.umd.edu

Farcuh Lab

 
flowers

Helen Boniface

hsboni@umd.edu

Tully Lab

   
Stephen Boushell

 

Stephen Boushell

sboushel@terpmail.umd.edu 

Hu Lab

  • Evaluate fungicide resistance management strategies of bunch grape pathogens.
  • Quantify the extent to which efficacy of fungicides are compromised under varied resistance scenarios

 

Humberto Castillo, PLSC Graduate Student

 

Humberto Castillo Gonzalez

humb15@umd.edu

Chaverri Lab

  • Examining the diversity of endophytic fungi from the Rubiaceae family.   
  • Studying key roles in driving plant responses against pathogens and/or for adaptation to difficult environments.
  • Understanding the role of plants in selecting lineages of fungi using secondary metabolites, how the communities are assembled, and what interactions take place. 
Bhavit Chhabra

 

Bhavit Chhabra

bchhabra@umd.edu

Rawat Lab

 
Scott Cosseboom 

 

Scott Cosseboom

scossebo@umd.edu

Hu Lab

  • Evaluating management methods against bunch grape diseases
  • Fungicide efficacy and sensitivity testing for pathogens of bunch grapes and small fruit
  • Observing pathogen species distribution and frequency in bunch grape and small fruit fields of the Mid-Atlantic
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Wesley Deaver

wdeaver@umd.edu

Micallef Lab

 
Joe Doherty 

 

Joseph Doherty

jdohert3@umd.edu

Roberts Lab

  • Evaluate niche clearing as a means for improving the establishment and efficacy of biological control organisms against brown patch in home lawn turf.
  • Quantify the impacts of Pythium root rot development and preventative fungicide applications on changes in the putting green rhizosphere microbiome.
  • Assess long term compost topdressing for improvements to efficacy of biological control organisms against foliar pathogens in golf course fairways.
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Claire Hudson

clhudson@umd.edu 

Micallef Lab

  • The role of endophytic microorganisms and plant defenses against pathogenic bacteria
  • Influence of plant associated microbiota on plant exometabolome and the metabolome of the host 
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Joey Lagner

jlagner@umd.edu

Qi Lab

  • Development of synthetic CRISPR devices for detecting pathogens and recording environmental stresses in plants
Bruce Levine 

 

Bruce Levine

levinebj@umd.edu

Xiao Lab

  • Exploration of the function of genes in the Chestnut blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) suspected of playing a role in pathogenesis.
  • Study of highly-conserved fungal pathogenicity genes as possible targets for novel forms of disease resistance.
Xingchen Liu 

 

Xingchen Liu

rivilliu@umd.edu

Micallef Lab

 
Qiuchen Luo

Qiuchen Luo

qcluo@umd.edu

Hu Lab

  • Determine Colletotrichum spp. in the strawberry fields in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Fungicide sensitivity and molecular basis of resistance in Colletotrichum spp. to QoI and MBC fungicides.
  • Genetic diversity of Colletotrichum nymphaeae isolates in the Mid-Atlantic strawberry fields.
Aimee Malzahn

Aimee Malzahn

amalzahn@terpmail.umd.edu

Qi Lab

  • CRISPR-based genome engineering in dicot plants
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Lauren Elizabeth Marshall

lemarsh@umd.edu

Chanse Lab

 
corn plant

Jennifer Morash

jmorash@g.umd.edu

Lea-cox Lab

 
Boyoung Park

 

Boyoung Park

bpark513@terpmail.umd.edu

Kweon Lab

 
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Shravya Peddigari

SPEDDIGA@terpmail.umd.edu

 
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Carrie Perkins

cperk@terpmail.umd.edu

 
Cara Peterson

 

Cara Peterson

peterson.cara24@gmail.com

Tully Lab

  • researches integrating cover crops into no-till grain production
  • currently evaluating interseeding cover crop mixtures into double-crop soybeans as a method for increasing legume cover crop adoption in the mid-Atlantic
Adam Schoen

 

Adam Schoen

awschoen@terpmail.umd.edu

Tiwari Lab

  • Developing a pipeline for efficient gene discovery of agronomically important traits in hexaploid bread wheat using diploid wheat species as a model.
  • Reestablishing the University of Maryland's small grain breeding program using new technologies and speed breeding techniques in order to introduce new elite cultivars to growers.
Taylor Schulden

Taylor Schulden

tschulde@umd.edu 

Rawat/Erwin Lab

  • Wheat rust resistance gene cloning in the tertiary gene pool of wheat. Particularly, cloning of leaf rust and stripe rust resistance genes derived from Aegilops geniculata
  • Novel and efficient methodology development for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Echeveria spp., an ornamental succulent.

marigolds 

Allison Schulenburg

aschul98@umd.edu

Tully Lab

  • Saltwater Intrusion Project
  • Sodium and Phosphorus Dynamics 
Lovepreet Singh, PLSC Graduate Student

 

Lovepreet Singh

lps1699@terpmail.umd.edu

Rawat Lab

  • Molecular basis of Fhb1 mediated resistance against Fusarium Head Blight in wheat
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Simon Sretenovic

simonsre@terpmail.umd.edu

Qi Lab

 
Yvette Tamukong

 

Yvette Tamukong

tyb@terpmail.umd.edu

Culver Lab

  • Identification of active plum pox virus (PPV) variants during leaf and bud development of plum trees (Prunus domestica L.)
  • Investigating the role of roots and buds in the seasonal maintenance of PPV variants
  • Examining host gene alterations in roots and buds and the impact on PPV maintenance during dormancy
Sydney Wallace

 

Sydney Wallace

swallac1@umd.edu

Rawat Lab

 
Tiffany Wong-Stack

Tiffany Wong-Stack

wongt@ibbr.umd.edu

Sullivan Lab

  • Evaluating the physiological response to UV-B radiation in Populus variants
  • Targeted metabolomic analysis of secondary compounds using UPLC-TOF-MS 
  • Computational and bioinformatic analysis of SNPs in UVR8 locus of P. trichocarpa
  • Control of gene expression of plant photoreceptor, UVR8 using conventional and new gene editing tools
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Yuwei Xiao

ywxiao93@terpmail.umd.edu

Liu Lab

 
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Inderjit Yadav

isyadav@g.umd.edu

Tiwari Lab

 

 

Landscape Architecture

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Landscape Architecture & Community Planning

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Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences

MARINE ESTUARINE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

"Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) is an inter-institutional graduate program of the University System of Maryland whose mission is to educate students to become the scientific leaders and problem-solvers of the future. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we train students to engage in scientific discovery, integration, and application to generate new knowledge and to solve environmental problems.

The MEES Program is an inter-institutional, statewide graduate program within the University System of Maryland (USM). The program is composed of faculty from several of the USM's degree-granting universities and research institutions as well as experts from government, non-government agencies and other non-academic units." - MEES Graduate Program

Student Contact Information Research Focus
Kaitlyn Wagner

 

Kaitlyn Wagner
Neel Lab

  • Conservation of genetic diversity
  • Role of phenotypic plasticity in the distribution of Vallisneria americana along salinity gradients
  • Selection of seed stock for restoration of V. americana

Molecular and Cell Biology

 MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY

"The MOCB concentration area offers highly mentored graduate training with faculty interested in a broad spectrum of research focused on understanding the molecular nature of biology.  Our faculty members have expertise in state-of-the-art technologies, have national and international reputations, and publish in high impact journals.  MOCB-CA students receive a Core Curriculum that emphasizes knowledge in the areas of molecular genetics, nucleic acid biochemistry, cell biology, and structural biology.  In addition, a number of interdisciplinary research clusters are available focusing on host-pathogen interactions, plant systems, developmental biology, virology, genomics, biophysics, and more. The overall goal of the MOCB-CA is to provide our students with rigorous and comprehensive research training that will lead to a successful career in the biosciences." - Biological Sciences Graduate Program 

  Contact Information Research Focus
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Qiong Zhang
Xiao Lab

 

MCERT/IMCP- Agricultural & Extension Education

Student  Contact Information
  Ashley Abuelhawa
  Kelcey Trewin
  Gabrielle Rowan