Who We Are

Officers

President: Manjula Kularathna (MKularathna@agcenter.lsu.edu)
Vice President: Cesar Escalante (CGuardado@agcenter.lsu.edu)
Secretary: Yenjit Raruang (YRaruang@agcenter.lsu.edu)
Treasurer: Favio Herrera (FEguez@agcenter.lsu.edu)

Committee Chairs

Fundraising: Eduardo Chagas (EChagas@agcenter.lsu.edu)
Social: Teddy Garcia (TGarciaAroca@agcenter.lsu.edu)
Training and Journal Club: Marija Zivanovic (MZivanovic@agcenter.lsu.edu)
Trip: Adam Bigott (ABigott@agcenter.lsu.edu)
Website: Sanjay Pokhrel (SPokhrel@agcenter.lsu.edu)

PPCP GSA Faculty Advisors

Dr. Zhi-Yuan Chen (2015-17)

Graduate Students
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Adam Bigott
Research topic: Comparative analysis of soil microbial communities with long- and short-term sugarcane cropping histories
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., May 2016

Usha Bhatta
Research topic: TBA
Anticipated degree and graduation date: TBA

Zachary Carver
Research topic: TBA
Anticipated degree and graduation date: TBA

Eduardo Chagas
Research topic: Management of soybean diseases with micronutrients
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., December 2017

Cesar Escalante
Research topic: Interaction of Bell Pepper Endornavirus with the host
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., December 2016

Mary Helen Ferguson
Research topic: Xylella fastidiosa in rabbiteye blueberry
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., December 2016

Teddy Garcia
Research topic: Effect of glyphosate on micronutrient uptake and Cercospora leaf blight on Roundup Ready soybeans
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., December 2016

Felipe Godoy
Research topic: White tip nematode in Louisiana
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., August 2017

Rachel Herschlag
Research topic: Bell Pepper Endornavirus
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., May 2020

Favio Herrera
Research topic: A potyvirus in sweetpotato
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., May 2017

Dongfang Hu
Research topic: PR-10 function in soybean
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., May 2017

Alejandra Jimenez
Research topic: Ralstonia solanacearum in tomato plants
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., 2016

Churamani Khanal
Research topic: Identification and management of reniform nematodes
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., 2018

Isaack Kikway
Research topic: Flooding increases the risk of cantaloupe contamination by Listeria and Cyclospora
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., 2017

Manjula Kularathna
Research topic: Variability in pathogenicity of reniform nematode isolates on soybeans
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., December 2016

Tiago Lelis
Research topic: B. glumae genomics
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., 2018

Benjamin McInnes
Research topic: Race differentiation of reniform nematode
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., 2016

Olanike Omolehin
Research topic: Breeding for aflatoxin resistance in maize
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., 2019

Sanjay Pokhrel
Research topic: Effect of silicon on sorghum anthracnose
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., 2016

Yenjit Raruang
Research topic: Exploring the host induced gene silencing strategy to control aflatoxin contamination in corn
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., May 2017

Jorge Reyes
Research topic: Survey of genetic diversity of A. flavus populations in soil and corn kernels in states along the Mississippi River
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., 2016

Josielle Rezende
Research topic: Investigating the importance of a putative Cercospora kikuchii effector protein and soybean R gene in controlling soybean leaf blight disease
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., December 2016

Jancee Rice
Research topic: Determination of the distribution of sugarcane mosaic virus in Louisiana and evaluation of the current sugarcane germplasm for resistance
Anticipated degree and graduation date: M.S., 2017

Rebecca Sweany
Research topic: Regulation of aflatoxin production in Aspergillus flavus by biocontrol and volatiles
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., December 2016

Brian Ward
Research topic: Cercosporin-metal binding properties as they relate to disease and determining the causes of the green stem disorder in soybean
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., May 2017

Déborah Xavier-Mis
Research topic: Variability of populations of Meloidogyne incognita in crops, such as grain sorghum, cotton, and soybeans
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., May 2018

Marija Zivanovic
Research topic: Mechanism of breaking dormancy in red rice seeds
Anticipated degree and graduation date: Ph.D., December 2018