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Department of Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Road
4024 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6176
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Faculty Researchers

Dr. Eduard Akhunov

Dr. Eduard Akhunov

Professor
eakhunov@ksu.edu
Wheat genome diversity and evolution. Disease resistance genes. Genetic and genomic tools and resources for wheat improvement.

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology
Dr. Alina Akhunova

Dr. Alina Akhunova

Research Professor, Director-Integrated Genomics Facility
akhunova@ksu.edu
Genomics, molecular biology, gene expression.

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology
Kelsey Andersen

Dr. Kelsey Andersen Onofre

Assistant Professor
Extension and research for wheat and forage crops.
 
Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management

Crop
Wheat

Dr. Bob Bowden

Dr. Bob Bowden

Adjunct Professor
rbowden@ksu.edu

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management

Crop
Wheat

Myron Bruce

Dr. Myron Bruce

Research Assistant Professor
myronbruce@ksu.edu

Applied wheat pathology

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management

Dr. David Cook

Dr. David Cook

Assistant Professor
decook@ksu.edu
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Chromatin Dynamics, Technology applications

Thematic Area

Plant-Microbe Interactions/Plant-Vector-Microbe Interactions

Giovana Cruppe

Dr. Giovana Cruppe

Research Assistant Professor
Wheat blast research
 
Thematic Area

Plant-Microbe Interactions/Plant-Vector-Microbe Interactions

Dr. Erick DeWolf

Dr. Erick DeWolf

Professor
dewolf1@ksu.edu
Plant disease epidemiology and ecology. Development of disease management strategies for fungal diseases of wheat including Fusarium head blight, tan spot, leaf rust and stripe rust

Thematic Area

Plant-Microbe Interactions/Plant-Vector-Microbe Interactions

Crop
Wheat

Dr. John Fellers

Dr. John Fellers

Adjunct Professor
jfellers@ksu.edu

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology

Crop
Wheat
Dr. Bernd Friebe

Dr. Bernd Friebe

Research Professor
friebe@ksu.edu
Cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics and evolution of wheat. Transfer, cytogenetic identification, and characterization of wheat-alien translocations.

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology

Crop
Wheat
Dr. Megan Kennelly

Dr. Megan Kennelly

Professor, Department Head
kennelly@ksu.edu
Extension, diagnostics, and research for diseases of horticultural crops (vegetables, fruit, trees, flowers, and turfgrass).

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management 

Crop
Turf & Horticultural Plants

Dr. Dal-Hoe Koo

Dr. Dal-Hoe Koo

Research Assistant Professor
dkoo@ksu.edu

Wheat cytogenetics

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology
Dr. John Leslie

Dr. John Leslie

Distinguished Professor
jfl@ksu.edu
Biochemical, molecular, and population genetics of model and plant pathogenic fungi.

Thematic Area
Pathogen & Microbe Biology & Genetics
Dr. Chris Little

Dr. Chris Little

Professor
crlittle@ksu.edu
Sorghum and soybean diseases. Seedling, root, stalk and seed diseases. Fungal pathogens of row crops.

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management 

Crop
Sorghum & Soybeans

Dr. Sanzhen Liu

Dr. Sanzhen Liu

Associate Professor
liu3zhen@ksu.edu
Cloning and characterization of pathogen resistance and drought resistance genes. Assembly and annotation of plant and microbe genomes.

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology
Dr. Shahideh Nouri

Dr. Shahideh Nouri

Assistant Professor
shahidehnr@ksu.edu
Plant virology, virus-vector interactions, insect-specific viruses, virome, virus evolution, the development of new techniques to control viral infections.

Thematic Area

Plant-Microbe Interactions/Plant-Vector-Microbe Interactions

Dr. Judy O'Mara

Judy O'Mara

Instructor, Director of KSU Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
jomara@ksu.edu
Plant disease diagnostics. Undergraduate teaching.

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management

Crop
Turf & Horticultural Plants

Dr. Jesse Poland

Dr. Jesse Poland

Associate Professor
jpoland@ksu.edu
Wheat genetics and germplasm improvement; marker technologies, association genetics and genomic selection for use in breeding. Resistance to wheat rusts.

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology
Dr. Jessica Rupp

Dr. Jessica Rupp

Assistant Professor
jrupp@ksu.edu

Wheat pathology

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management

Crop
Wheat

Dr. Jim Stack

Dr. Jim Stack

Professor, Director: Great Plains Diagnostic Network
jstack@ksu.edu
Plant biosecurity. Plant disease diagnostics. Plant health-public health interface.

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management

Dr. Richard Todd

Dr. Richard Todd

Associate Professor
rbtodd@ksu.edu
Molecular genetics, genomics and cell biology of nitrogen utilization and metabolic gene regulation in the fungus Aspergillus nidulans.

Thematic Area

Pathogen & Microbe Biology & Genetics

Dr. Timothy Todd

Timothy Todd

Instructor
nema@ksu.edu
Strategies for durable resistance in soybean to Heterodera glycines. Nematode diseases in corn and wheat. Population and community ecology of soil nematodes.

Thematic Area

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management

Crop
Wheat, Corn & Soybeans

Dr. Christopher Toomaijin

Dr. Christopher Toomajian

Associate Professor
toomajia@ksu.edu
Population genetics, molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics; plant and fungal genetics/genomics; bioinformatics.

Thematic Area

Pathogen & Microbe Biology & Genetics

Dr. Harold Trick

Dr. Harold Trick

Professor
hnt@ksu.edu
Plant molecular biology and genetic enhancement of crop plants for tolerance/resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses and value-added traits.

Thematic Area
Disease Resistance Genetics/Plant Genetics & Genomics/Biotechology

Crop
Wheat, Corn & Soybeans
Dr. Barbara Valent

Dr. Barbara Valent

Distinguished Professor, Interdepartmental Genetics Program Chair
bvalent@ksu.edu
Effector biology and biotrophic strategies of Magnaporthe (Pyricularia) oryzae, causal agent of rice blast. Biology and management of wheat blast.

Thematic Area

Plant-Microbe Interactions/Plant-Vector-Microbe Interactions

Crop
Corn