Congratulations to Danny Humphreys, PhD student in Dr. Axel Elling’s lab
Danny’s recent refereed journal article entitled “Intraspecific variability and genetic structure in Meloidogyne chitwoodi from the USA” has been selected as cover article for the March 2013 issue by the journal Nematology (volume 15:315-327), the premier journal in the field of nematology research.
Humphreys, a native of Puerto Limón, Limon, Costa Rica, won a highly competitive Fulbright PhD fellowship and joined the department to pursue his graduate degree under the tutelage of Dr. Elling. He has a Master’s in Crop Protection from the University of Costa Rica where he studied plant parasitic nematodes in yams (Dioscorea spp.). His research project included the identification of Pratylenchus, Meloidogyne and Scutellonema species using morphological, morphometric and molecular techniques.
Danny’s Ph.D. project focuses on the functional characterization of effector genes of the Columbia root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne chitwoodi). This project involves a wide array of molecular techniques, including RNAi and transgenic plants. Additionally, he is studying the genetic diversity in different M. chitwoodi populations.