Current Lab Members

The lab in 2022 at the opening of the  new Plant Science building. From left to right: Tatsiana Shymanovich, Amanda Mainello, Allsion Coomber, Jean Ristaino and Amanda Saville.

Not shown, Inga Meadows or Jyotsna Acharya

Amanda Saville  is the lab manager and works on a variety of projects involving  mostly Phytophthora infestans.

Allison Coomber is a PhD graduate student in functional Genomics. She is working on a project to understand the evoltuion of viroulence in Phytophtoea infestans. She has also develoed a T-BAS phylogentic tool for Emerging Phytophthora species.

Amanda Maniello is a PhD graduate student working on a project to develop sensors for detection of two invaisive Phytophthora species, P. ramorum and P kernoviae.

PhD student Inga Meadows. Inga is a full time extention faculty member based in Waynesville NC. She is working on a project to survey ornamental greehouses for Phytophthora species and provide management solutions to growers .

Dr. Tatsiana Shymanovitch is a postdoctoral scholar in the lab. She is working on a PSI funded project to develop sensors for detection of four pathogens on tomaro (Phytophthora infestans, TSWV, Xanthomaonas perforans and Alternaria linariae ).

Ms Jotsna Acharya joined the lab in September 2022. She has an MS degree n plant pathology and worked previously as a laboratory technician at Iowa State University on soybean disease problens on soybean and row crops.