Congratulations to Sudarsana Poojari for successfully defending his PhD thesis
Sudarsana Poojari’s PhD supervisory committee included, Drs. Naidu Rayapati (chair), Pat Okubara, Gary Grove and Scot Hulbert. His dissertation research focused on identification and characterization of viral diseases of grapes.
Sudarsana found and described the virus associated with a relatively new disease called grapevine red leaf disease. He also used next generation sequencing technology to characterize a surprising number of viruses that exist in both diseased and healthy grapevine stocks. In addition, Sudarsana developed affordable and highly sensitive qRT-PCR approaches to characterize grapevine stocks for multiple viruses.
Sudarsana is currently considering Post doctoral or possibly industry positions as the next step in his career.
We wish him the best!