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Department of Plant Pathology

Alex Kieffaber

Research Assistant
1712 Claflin Rd
4704 Throckmorton Ctr.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-XXXX
Fax: 785-532-5692


Supervisor: Dorith Rotenberg


B.S., Animal Science, Kansas State University (2015)

Research Focus

Alex earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science at Kansas State University in 2015. Prior to graduation, she worked in the plant virus-vector interactions laboratory in the Plant Pathology department at K-State for many years researching Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) and Frankliniella occidentalis (thrips) and also Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV), Rhopalosiphum padi (aphids) and wheat. She continues working on these two systems as a research technician. Alex received a travel scholarship and first place in the poster contest at North Central American Phytopathological Society conference in 2013.


Montero-Astua, M., Rotenberg, D., Leach-Kieffaber, A., Schneweis, B.A., Park, S., Park, J.K., German, T.L., Whitfield, A.E. “Disruption of vector transmission by a plant-expressed viral glycoprotein.” Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions. 2014. Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 296-304.