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Professor and Department Head of Entomology
Plant-herbivore interactions. Adaptive responses of herbivores to plant defenses. Herbivore cues recognized by plants with specific focus on biochemical and molecular analysis of salivary secretions.
Ph.D. Candidate in Immunology and Infectious Disease
Identifying the interaction between the pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 and certain non-pathogenic E. coli. Through co-incubation, higher levels of Shiga toxin are produced than the pathogenic bacterium alone. Ultimately, this phenomenon could help us understand why some patients develop worse disease symptoms than others.
Professor of Plant Genetics
Genetic characterization of resistance/tolerance to biotic/abiotic stresses, and genes/QTLs contributing to tomato fruit quality. Investigation of genes/QTLs for directed crop improvement and germplasm enhancement. Tomato cultivar development & release.