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Hannah Shulman Receives DOE Fellowship

Microbiology program and Dr. Emma Aronson graduate student Hannah Shulman has received the 2020 Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program Fellowship. The fellowship includes a monthly stipend while conducting research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Congratulations Hannah on this fellowship!

Faculty Awarded Prestigious Fellowships from CIFAR

Microbiology and Plant Pathology Professor's Dr. Hailing Jin and Dr. Jason Stajich have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) for their proposal to study fungi and fungi's dangers and benefits. Read more about the awarded fellowships at the INSIDE UCR story here .

Georgios Vidalakis named Citrus Research Board Presidential Researcher

CE Specialist and Professor Georgios Vidalakis , has been named the Citrus Research Board Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection! The Citrus Researcher funds provide dedicated support to improve California Citrus production and quality. Read more about the endowed citrus research position at the Inside UCR news story here.

Plant Pathology GSA Receives Two Awards at UCR

Congratulations to the Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association for being awarded the Educational Program of the Year for their organization of Plant Pathology Day and President of Year awarded to Sara Dorhmi. The awards were presented at the 2019 Student Organization Awards hosted by UCR Student Life.

Nichole Ginnan Receives Prestigious UC Presidents Dissertation-Year Fellowship

Nichole Ginnan , a Plant Pathology graduate student in the Caroline Roper lab, has been chosen for the prestigious University of California’s President’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship for the 2019/2020 academic year! This fellowship includes three quarters of stipend plus payment of all fees, a $500 research allowance, and a $470 travel allowance. Nichole and Dr. Roper...

Microbiology and Plant Pathology Department Awards Recipients 2019

Congratulations to this years Microbiology and Plant Pathology Department Award Recipients: - Andrea Vu (Plant Pathology Graduate Program)- recipient of the inaugural Peter and Pamela Tsao award. -Nichole Ginnan (Plant Pathology Graduate Program)- recipient of the 6th annual Edmond C. Calavan award. -Salma Alavi (Microbiology Graduate Program)- recipient of the inaugural Microbiology and Plant Pathology...

Plant Pathologist Receives $4M grant to study HLB

Dr. Hailing Jin from the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology is the principal investigator for a $4M NIFA-USDA grant to study huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening disease. Co-principal investigators from the Microbiology and Plant Pathology department include Dr. Georgios Vidalakis , along with other UCR faculty members and researchers from UC Davis, the...

Plant Pathology Students Earn Science to Policy Certificates

Plant Pathology graduate students Derreck Carter-House and Lindsey Pedroncelli completed a rigorous and competitive Certificate program and earned official Science to Policy (S2P) Certificates from UCR. Both were also presented with training certificates from the California State Assembly by the office of Assemblyman Jose Medina. See more here at the Science to Policy Website ....

Research identifies mechanisms that helps plants fight bacterial infection

Research led by Dr. Hailing Jin , Professor in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology,has been published in Nature Communications. The paper titled " Dual regulation of Arabidopsis AGO2 by arginine methylation" can be found here at the Nature Communications website. To read the UCR press release and learn more about the research click...

Nutrient-recycling microbes may feel the heat

Dr. Sydney Glassman is corresponding author for a paper titled "Decomposition responses to climate depend on microbial community composition", the journal article can be found here at the PNAS website. To read the UCR press release titled "Nutrient-recycling microbes may feel the heat" on the journal article and learn more about the research you can...

Welcome Dr. Juliet Morrison

Dr. Juliet Morrison has joined the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology as of October 1st, 2018. Her research combines immunological and virological methods with computational analysis to address questions at the host-pathogen interface. To learn more about Dr. Morrison, her research, and ways to join her lab, visit her faculty site here .

Welcome Dr. Sydney Glassman

Dr. Glassman has joined the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology as of July 1st, 2018. Her research focuses on understanding patterns and processes governing microbial diversity, and their ecosystem functions such as terrestrial symbioses and decomposition. To learn more about Dr. Glassman, her research, and ways to join her lab visit her faculty page...

Morgan Gray receives Edmond C. Calavan Memorial Scholarship Award

Plant Pathology PhD candidate Morgan Gray has been awarded the Edmond C. Calavan Scholarship. This award is given annually to one meritorious graduate student in the Plant Pathology Graduate Program that has demonstrated excellence in research and creative, forward thinking in the field of Plant Pathology. The awards committee chair Dr. Caroline Roper presented Morgan...

Dr. Hailing Jin is corresponding author on paper published in Science

Dr. Jin is a corresponding author on a new paper published in Science. The study demonstrates that plants use exosomes to transport small interfering RNAs into the cells of fungal pathogens. These small RNA's then inhibit expression of fungal genes required for pathogenesis. The link to the Science paper titled Plants send small RNAs in...

Howard Judelson named fellow of the American Phytopathological Society

Dr. Howard Judelson, Professor of Plant Pathology, has been named fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). The APS website states "...Over his professional life of more than three decades Judelson has made significant fundamental contributions to studies of oomycete plant pathogens, and has advanced the discipline and mission of APS." Read the UCR news...

Dr. Wenbo Ma's Huanlongbing paper published in Nature Communications

Dr. Wenbo Ma and her team have published a paper focused on Huanglongbing(HLB), a devastating disease of citrus. The group demonstrated that a protein effector (SDE1) produced by the bacterium that causes HLB targets a group of proteases in the citrus plant that are required to combat disease. Dr. Wenbo Ma and her reasearch group...

Plant Pathology GSA receives American Phytopathological Society Grant

The students of the Plant Pathology graduate student association have received the APS grant through the Mathre Education Endowment to fund their community outreach to educate the public about Plant Pathology. The awardees of the grant are Outreach Committee Chair Gabriel Ortiz and committee members Claudia Castro, Derreck-Carter-House, Antara Chakravarty, and Nichole Ginnan.

Dr. Georgios Vidalakis receives American Phytopathological Society Award

Congratulations to Dr. Georgios Vidalakis in receiving the APS Excellence in Regulatory Affairs and Crop Security Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to regulatory plant pathology, crop security, and trade enhancement efforts by APS members.

Dr. Alex Putman is Co-PI on $4.5M collaborative grant

Dr. Putman is a Co-PI on a $4.5 million collaborative grant from NIFA at the US Department of Agriculture. He will be collaborating with a team of researchers from California and Florida to advance research on disease-resistant strawberries. See the UCR Today Article here.

Dr. Ansel Hsiao received $1.8M in funding from the NIH

Dr. Ansel Hsiao received the funding for his National Institute of Health R35 grant titled "Gutmicrobiome-mediated small-molecule signaling and resistance to invading microorganisms."