I'm anticipating graduating Summer 2025
I’m a PhD student studying the pepper/Phytophthora capsici root rot pathosystem with Drs. Kristin Mercer and Leah McHale. I’m particularly interested in chile pepper genetics throughout the center-of-origin, Mexico. I use genomics, disease screening, and geographic information systems to understand disease resistance genetics in pepper, and the ecological niche of the disease.
I chose OSU because it is a top-tier (R1) research institution, and I was ready for this next level of rigor. My background is in botany and molecular ecology, and HCS aligns well with those foci. I was especially excited about the level of funding that HCS receives, its involvement with extension, and its status as part of a land grant university.