Pappu Receives Research Award
Hanu Pappu, professor of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), received the Faculty Excellence in Research Award of this year at the Faculty/Staff Awards Reception on February 26. The Award was sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), WSU, and the selections were made by a panel of faculty and staff from the college. Pappu joined WSU as associate professor in October 2002 and promoted to professor in July 2010. He served as Chair of the Department of Plant Pathology from 2008 to 2013. He has received numerous prestigious awards including OECD Fellow, Bulb Research Institute, the Netherlands in 2006; WSU CAHNRS Dean’s Meritorious Service Award in 2012; Professor B.P. Pal Distinguished Chair, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi in 2013; OECD Fellow, Institute for Virus Research, Torino, Italy in 2013; International Research Fellow, Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Government of Japan in 2015; and Fellow of American Phytopathological Society in 2015. Pappu’s research focuses on viruses and viral diseases of horticultural crops, including biology and molecular biology, genomics, and proteomics of DNA and RNA viruses; molecular ecology and epidemiology; molecular methods for virus detection and diagnosis; gene structure-function relationships; use of RNA and DNA viruses as tools for studying virus-host and virus-vector interactions; and conventional and biotechnological approaches for disease management.