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Department of Plant Pathology

May in the News

Faculty Visits Graduate in Cairo

Dr. Hanu Pappu, Department Chair, recently visited the US Naval Medical Research Unit of the US Department of Defense in Cairo, Egypt and met with Lieutenant Commander, Dr. Guillermo Pimentel and his group. Dr. Pimentel is the Deputy Head of the Disease Surveillance Unit at NAMRU.  He obtained his PhD from our department under the direction of Dr. Lori Carris.

Dr.  Guillermo Pimentel manages and leads the infectious disease surveillance program from Afghanistan to Morocco and down south to central Africa, and provides training and capacity building in all aspects related to detection and surveillance of emerging infectious diseases of humans in this vast geographical region.  He coordinates and collaborates with scientists on the civilian side, especially with those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Pimental credits his professional success to the graduate program in our department and the tutelage he received from his mentor and major professor, Dr. Lori Carris.

Congratulations to Our Spring Graduates!

Laura Costadone and Jeremiah Dung completed their MS programs this spring. Laura’s research project entitled “Development and evaluation of detection-based air sampling programs for grapevie powdery mildew” was carried out under Dr. Gary Grove‘s supervision. Jeremiah’s dissertation research on “Relative roles of tuber- and soilborne inoculum in verticillium wilt of potato and quantification of resistance in mint” was conducted under Dr. Dennis Johnson‘s supervision.

Congratulations, Laura and Jeremiah!

Travel Grants AwardedEbrahiem Babiker, Xiaodong Bao, Sahar Eid and Dipak Sharma Poudyal received a group Graduate School travel grant. Hongyan Sheng and Grant Poole received individual grants, and Xiaodong Bao and Jeremiah Dung also received a registration grant. These grants will be used to support their travel to the upcoming Annual APS Meeting. Youn-sig Kwak received a travel grant to support his travel to International PGPR workshop. A total of 56 students submitted proposals and just 35 students were selected to receive awards.

Jane Stewart has been selected as a recipient of the John M. Barnes/William Malcolm Brown, Jr. Student Travel Award for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society.

Congratulations to all!

Position Announcement

Associate in Research, Molecular Plant Pathology/Nematology
Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

An Associate in Research position is open to conduct research on molecular interactions between parasitic nematodes and their host plants. Position responsibilities and duties include: maintaining nematode cultures in greenhouse; preparing nematodes for plant inoculations; design and execution of experiments; data management; facilitating lab operations. In addition to greenhouse work, laboratory techniques will involve molecular techniques (e.g., PCR; real-time PCR; DNA, RNA and protein purification; DNA cloning; gel electrophoresis; sequencing; western, Southern and northern blotting; in situ hybridizations) and plant tissue culture. Applicant must be willing to learn additional techniques and problem solve as needed for the advancement of the laboratory.

Required Qualifications: An M.S. in plant pathology, plant science, molecular genetics, nematology or a related field. A strong demonstrated background in molecular techniques, an interest in molecular plant-microbe interactions and the ability to work in a team including interdisciplinary collaborators. The successful candidate is expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills and to be able to work independently. Applicants must have excellent record keeping abilities and be able to manage multiple experimental approaches simultaneously.

Availability: November 2009 or later, start date negotiable. The position is 12 month, full-time. Initial appointment is for one year and is annually renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefit package.

Application: Submit application including cover letter, statement of research interests (addressing all qualifications listed above), CV and transcripts electronically to Dr. Axel Elling ( Send three letters of reference (direct from source) to: Dr. Axel Elling, Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, P.O. Box 646430, Pullman, WA 99164-6430, Screening begins October 1, 2009. Position open until filled. For more information, please visit


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WSU Plant Pathology at Mushroom Maynia 2009

The Burke Museum of Natural History in Seattle held the 2009 edition of its mycology exposition “Mushroom Maynia” on May 2.  The Plant Pathology Department teamed up with the King County Master Gardeners to host a display on “Fungi in the Garden”, with information on the roles fungi play as decomposers, symbionts, and plant pathogens in home gardens.  Complete with fresh examples of plant diseases of local plants, the display provided information on WSU extension, education, and research programs in addition to advice for gardeners.  The photo shows Master Gardeners Marilyn Tilbury and Jane Tobin along with mycologist Dean Glawe at the display.

On Solid Ground Feature

Resesarch conducted by Dr. Timothy Murray on Ug99 was featured in the May 6 issue of On Solid Ground.

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