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Department of Plant Pathology

Catherine Stewart

stewart PhD Student
1712 Claflin Rd
4701 Throckmorton Ctr.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-1392 
Fax: 785-532-5692
clstewart01@ksu.edu

 

 

 

Graduate Advisor: Anna Whitfield

Education

B.S. Biology, University of Louisiana-Lafayette (2011)

M.S. Agronomy/Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2013)

Research Focus:

Catherine is pursuing a PhD in Genetics and working to identify and characterize thrips’ (Frankliniella occidentalis) proteins that interact with Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). These identified thrips’ proteins will likely prove important for understanding TSWV acquisition, replication, and transmission. Increased understanding in how TSWV is able to exploit thrips as a host can ultimately provide a foundation for more effective control strategies and minimize agronomic losses associated with TSWV.