WSU CAHNRS

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

Faculty Elected Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Mazzola, Adjunct Professor in the department and Research Plant Pathologist with USDA ARS in Wenatchee (http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=3671). Dr. Mazzola was elected Fellow of the American Phytopathologcal Society. He will be recognized at a special awards ceremony during the APS annual meeting this August in Austin, TX.  The Fellow award is the highest award by APS and is annually given to less than 0.1% of the membership.

Dr. Mark MazzolaDr. Mazzola possesses 25 years of research experience as a graduate student, postdoctoral research associate and research plant pathologist. His research achievements are documented in 111 publications including 71 peer-reviewed articles. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions in the areas of etiology and control of replant diseases, biological mechanisms of disease suppressive soils, biological basis for disease control via organic soil amendments, and the ecology and biology of Rhizoctonia and Pythium spp.  This recognition is evidenced by the Lee Hutchins Award and numerous invitations to speak at major national and international meetings, including the American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, International Congress of Plant Pathology, Congress of the International Society for Microbial Ecology and the International Congress for Ecology, among others. His status among peers is recognized by numerous invitations (national and international) to serve on editorial boards, to provide journal and proposal reviews, and serve on grant panels.

Dr. Mazzola has acquired a total of 29 grants from state, federal and foundation sources resulting in funding to his laboratory that exceeds $3.2 million.  The significance of his work is also evident by the numerous invitations received to speak at regional and national grower and industry sponsored meetings. In addition, his accomplishments have brought numerous requests to serve as mentor to scientists and graduate students pursuing studies in developing countries. His efforts provided training opportunities for visiting scientists from Kenya and Egypt and several students from the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University (South Africa) where he served as Extraordinary Professor. Dr. Mazzola is most proud of his role in mentoring graduate students in multiple disciplines and institutions including WSU, University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Sonoma State University, and Stellenbosch University. He has directed 7 students to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, served on the committees of 17 other graduate students, directed 6 postdoctoral scientists, and has served as external examiner for Ph.D. students in Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.

Dr. Mark Mazzola grew up in the greater Boston area.  He earned his B.S. in Forestry in 1982 and M.S. in Forest Pathology in 1985 from the University of Vermont, and his PhD in Plant Pathology from Washington State University in 1990.  He conducted work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Kansas State University from 1990-1993 and the USDA-ARS Root Disease & Biological Control Research Unit from 1993-1995.  He was appointed as an adjunct faculty in the Washington State University Department of Plant Pathology in 1996, the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences in 2007, and has served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University and Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.


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