College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

Our Graduates *


Christian Aguilar (MS with Dr. Tobin Peever): PhD student at WSU Plant Pathology, Wenatchee, WA
Segun Akinbade (MS with Dr. Ken Eastwell): WA State Department of Agriculture, Prosser, WA
Olufemi Alabi (PhD with Dr. Naidu Rayapati): Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, Weslaco, TX
Ana Vida Alcala (PhD with Dr. Lindsey du Toit): Research Scientist, Valent USA, Leland, MS
Christie Almeyda (PhD with Dr. Hanu Pappu), Postdoctoral fellow, NC State
Maryam Almoran (MS with Dr. Frank Dugan): PhD student, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Marion Andrew (MS with Dr. Tobin Peever): Homemaker
Zahi Atallah (PhD with Dr. Dennis Johnson): Dean of Advanced Technology, Hartnell College, Alisal, CA
Renuka Attanayake (PhD with Dr. Weidong Chen): Postdoctoral fellow, USDA ARS, Pullman
Ebrahiem Babiker (PhD with Dr. Scot Hulbert): Postdoctoral fellow, USDA ARS, Aberdeen
Sudeep Bag (PhD with Dr. Hanu Pappu):  Postdoctoral Research Associate, UC Davis
Xiaodong Bao
(PhD with Dr. Lori Carris); Postdoctoral fellow, Penn State
Austin Bates (MS with Dr. Brenda Schroeder):  Custodian, WSU
Abby Beissinger (MS with Dr. Debra Inglis) Visiting Assistant Extension Educator of the Natural Resources Conservation Academy, University of Connecticut
Tyler Bourret (MS with Dr. Dean Glawe): PhD student, UC Davis
Jeff Bullock (PhD with Dr. Ken Eastwell): Executive Director for STEM Initiative Planning at the North Central Educational Service District, Washington
Peng Cheng (PhD with Dr. Xianming Chen): Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Missouri
Noma Chingandu (MS with Dr. Hanu Pappu): PhD student, University of Arizona
Eric Christianson (MS with Dr. Lindsey du Toit): Assistant Crop Specialist, Rijk Zwaan Seed Co., Salinas, CA
Jamie Cummings (MS with Dr. Lindsey du Toit): Research Technician, Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology
Norm Dart (MS with Dr. Gary Chastagner): Plant Pathologist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Phuong Dinh (PhD with Drs. Axel Elling and Debra Inglis):  Plant Pathologist, Southern Horticultural Research Institute, Vietnam
Bhanu priya Donda (PhD with Dr. Naidu Rayapati): Plant Pathologist/VIrologist, Sunburst Plant Disease Clinic, Inc., Turlock, CA
Jeremiah Dung (PhD with Dr. Dennis Johnson): Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Madras, OR
Sahar Eid (PhD with Dr. Hanu Pappu): Postdoctoral fellow, University of Idaho
Juliane Evans (MS with Dr. Tim Murray): DVM, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Zachary Frederick, (PhD with Dr. Dennis Johnson): Applied potato agronomist, Manitoba Horticultural Productivity Enhancement Centre
Leonardo (Leo) De La Fuente (PhD with Dr. Dave Weller): Associate Professor, Auburn University
Emily Gatch (PhD with Dr. Lindsey du Toit): Instructor for the Sustainable Agriculture program at Edmonds Community
College, Edmonds, WA
Jessica Gigot (MS with Dr. Debbie Inglis): PhD in Horticulture and an MFA in creative writing.  She is a member of the Science Faculty at the Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA.  She is a recently published poet.
Chris Hammond (MS with Dr Dennis Johnson): Field Representative in the Yakama Valley
Leigh Ann Harrison (MS with Dr. Tim Murray): Monsanto Company, Chesterfield, MO
Sierra Hartney (MS with Dr. Lee Hadwiger): Plant Pathologist, Alf Christianson Co., Mount Vernon, WA
Donna Henderson (PhD with Dr. Katerina Riga); Staff Scientist, Monsanto, Woodland, CA
Marco Hernandez-Bello (MS with Dr. Tobin Peever): Post-doctoral fellow, USDA-ARS, Prosser, WA
Pablo Hernandez-Perez (MS with Dr. Lindsey du Toit): Entomology assistant, USDA ARS, Yakima, WA
Leslie Holland (MS with Drs. Dean Glawe and Gary Grove) PhD Student, University of California, Davis
Danny Humphreys-Pereira (PhD with Drs. Axel Elling and Tobin Peever): Assistant Professor, University of Costa Rica
Jason Ingram (MS with Dr. Dennis Johnson), Research Assistant with Cornell,NY
Shashika Hewavitharana (MS with Dr. Mark Mazzola) PhD Student, Department of Plant Pathology, WSU
Madhu Kappagantu (PhD with Drs. Hanu Pappu and Ken Eastwell) Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State University
Sridhar Jarugula (PhD with Dr. Naidu Rayapati): Agr Consultant, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, India
Shyam Lal Kandel (MS with Dr. Tim Paulitz): PhD student, University of Washington
Wonyong Kim (PhD with Dr. Weidong Chen) Postdoctoral Associate, Michigan State University
Elizabeth Kramer (MS with Dr. Dean Glawe): Lead Biologist, NorthStar Technologies
Youn-Sig Kwak (PhD with Dr. Dave Weller): Professor, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea
Anna Leon (PhD with Dr. Gary Chastagner):  Nursery Pathologist, Weyerhauser Corporation
Yu-Hsuan Lin (PhD with Dr. Hanu Pappu): Postdoctoral fellow, USDA ARS and Cornell University
Qingchun Liu (Ph.D. with Dr. Chang-Lin Xiao), Postdoctoral fellow, WSU IAREC, Prosser
Chan Maketon (MS with Dr. Pat Okubara): AppliedChem and PhD student, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Stacy Mauzey (MS with Dr. Tim Murray): Staff Research Associate, Univ. of California Cooperative Extension, Salinas, CA
Olga Mavrodi (PhD with Dr. Linda Thomashow), Research Associate, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
Sean McCotter (MS with Dr. Lori Carris): PhD Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia
Katie McKeever (MS and PhD with Dr. Gary Chastagner): Forest Pathologist, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forestry Division, Missoula, MT
Kamil Mohd Jaaffar (PhD with Dr. Linda Thomashow): Staff Scientist, Malaysian Cacao Board, Malaysia
Jon Minch (MS with Dr. Tim Murray): Faculty Research Assistant, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University
Raul Allende-Molar (PhD with Dr. Dave Weller): Research Associate, Center for Food and Development, Sinaloa, Mexico
Khalid Naveed (PhD with Dr. Hanu Pappu): Assistant Professor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Evans Njambere (PhD with Dr. Weidong Chen): Program Manager, Pioneer-Dupont, Johnston, IA
Jennifer Niem (M.S with Dr. Debbie Inglis) Prof Service Staff, Crop & Env Services Division, IRRI, Los Baños 4031, Philippines   Nadav Nitzan (PhD with Dr. Dennis Johnson), Scientist for Stepac in Israel.
Vihanga Pahalawatta (PhD with Dr. Hanu Pappu): Senior Scientist, Abbott Labs, Chicago, IL
Sudarsana Poojari (PhD with Dr. Naidu Rayapati): Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, British Columbia, Canada
Grant Poole (PhD with Dr. Tim Paulitz): Plant Pathologist, Syngenta, Cheney, WA
Lyndon Porter (PhD with Dr. Dennis Johnson), Research Plant Pathologist, USAD-ARS, Prosser
Marianne Powell (MS with Dr. Debbie Inglis): Plant Pathologist, CSP Labs, Sacramento, CA
Bryce Richardson (PhD with Dr. Lori Carris): Research Geneticist, USDA ARS, Provo, UT
Megan Robinson (M.S. with Dr. Tim Murray), Bayer Crop Sciences, Saskatoon, Canada
Lucy Rollins (M.S. with Dr. Gary Chastagner):  Volunteer Coordinator, WSU Puyallup
Amy Salamone (MS with Dr. Debbie Inglis) Forest Pathology Laboratory Technician at Weyerhaeuser, Centralia, WA
Kurtis Schroeder (PhD with Dr. Tim Paulitz), Assistant Professor, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Amogelang Segwagwe (PhD with Dr. Ken Eastwell): Lecturer, Botswana Agricultural College, Botswana
Parama Sikdar (PhD with Mark Mazzola): Postdoctoral Research Associate, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee, WA
Dipak Sharma Poudyal (PhD with Dr. Xianming Chen): Plant Pathologist, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Salem, OR
Raina Spence (MS with Dr. Debbie Inglis): Director of Outreach, WA State Potato Commission
Hongyan Sheng (PhD with Dr. Tim Murray): Postdoctoral Fellow, WSU
Jane Stewart (PhD with Dr. Tobin Peever): Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
Lydia Tymon (PhD with Dr. Dennis Johnson):  Postdoctoral Research Associate, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC
Leila Vasquez-Siller (Ph.D. with Dr. Tim Murray): Professor, Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro. Saltillo, Coahuila,
Danilo Vera Coello (PhD with Dr. Tim Murray): Staff scientist (Plant Protection Department ) National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIAP), Ecuador
Dan Villamor (PhD with Dr. Ken Eastwell): Postdoctoral fellow, WSU IAREC
Muditha Weerakoon (MS with Dr. Mark Mazzola): Los Angeles, CA
David Wheeler (MS with Dr. Dennis Johnson): PhD student, Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University
Michele Wiseman (MS and with Dr. Gary Grove):  Pursuing a Master’s in Teaching degree, Oregon State University
Guiping Yan (PhD with Dr. Xianming Chen): Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, Department of Plant
Pathology, Fargo, ND
Ying Zhai (PhD with Dr. Hanu Pappu):  Postdoctoral Research Associate, WSU

*Since 2002


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