College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

June in the News

Statewide Faculty Meeting:

Plant Pathology faculty from across the state gathered in Richland, Washington, for the biennial statewide faculty meeting and research exposition on June 18 and 19. This is an opportunity to meet in person and discuss the department’s teaching, research, and extension programs. The Research Exposition is an informal social event designed around posters highlighting current research activities, which gives everyone an opportunity to see the wide range of research projects underway throughout the state. For photos, click here.

Congratulations to Evans Njambere, Peng Cheng, and Jeremiah Dung for winning first, second, and third prizes, respectively in the Graduate Student Poster Competition.


Melanie Kalischuk from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station visited Dr. Hanu Pappu on June 16th.

Pictured from left: Melanie with Keri Druffel, Research Associate and PhD students, Sahar Eid and Yu-Hsuan Lin.

Position Announcement

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Plant Pathology

Washington State University, Department of Plant Pathology, Pullman, WA  
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is open to conduct research in fungal molecular biology to elucidating pathogenic mechanisms of the fungal pathogens Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and/or Ascochyta rabiei.  Position responsibilities and duties include: designing and carrying out experiments investigating molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis, functionally characterizing fungal genes in pathogenesis, analyzing and interpreting experimental results, presenting results at scientific meetings and preparing manuscripts for scientific journals, training and supervising temporary employees. Laboratory techniques may involve fungal transformation, random tagged mutagenesis, targeted mutagenesis, functional complementation analysis, polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequencing, Southern hybridization, cDNA library construction and screening, microarray analysis or any other appropriate technologies.

Qualifications:  Required:  A PhD in molecular biology, plant pathology, mycology, plant biology, genetics, or a related field.  Highly Desired: A strong demonstrated background in molecular techniques, an interest in plant-microbe interactions, and experience with fungal biology. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research independently and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Availability:  The position is temporary, 12 month, full-time. Initial appointment is for 1 year and is annually renewable and dependent upon continued funding.  Salary is commensurate with experience and includes annual leave and medical benefits.  Submit letter of application describing interests and qualifications, vitae, transcripts and three letters of reference (direct from source) to: Dr. Weidong Chen, USDA-ARS, Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, P.O. Box 646430, Pullman, WA 99164-6430, e-mail:, phone: 509-335-9178, FAX: 509-335-7692.  Screening: August 30, 2008.


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