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Academic staff

About three dozen academic staff members – including research associates, postdoctoral associates and visiting scientists – work in the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology conducting research, teaching students and sharing research findings with stakeholders. Academic staff members work on the Ithaca and Geneva campuses and at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Science.

Below you will find contact information for our academic staff members.

Academic staff

Srdjan G. Acimovic

Extension Associate
Biology, ecology and population dynamics of fire blight Erwinia amylovora; Plant defense responses; Management of fruit crop diseases; Development of new strategies and options for management of apple diseases; Plant pathogen identification, population structure and infection risk assessment; Disease management extension for fruit crops; Acimovic Lab: Fruit Tree Pathology
 
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Daniel Martinez Lacasa

Post Doctoral Associate (D. Gadoury Lab) Geneva
Dani is a postdoctoral associate in engineering and information technologies, with expertise in computer science, computer vision, and automation. He is involved in the development of VitisGen2 automatic phenotyping systems based on the integration of robot devices and computer vision procedures.
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Surya Datta Sapkota

Post Doctoral Associate- Gadoury Lab- Geneva
Surya utilizes his background and interest in plant sciences to set up, inoculate, and process grape leaf tissue samples for powdery mildew resistance assessment at phenotyping center. He works closely with experts in robotics, machine vision, optics, microscopy, and image analysis to facilitate high-throughput phenotyping.
 
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Jeremy Thompson

Research Associate & Lecturer
Research Focus
Diagnostics - improvements in the sensitivity, breadth and user-friendliness of molecular marker detection using established and novel techniques.
Virus Discovery - molecular and biological characterization of novel viruses.
Evolution - understanding the processes and mechanisms involved virus adaptation both experimentally and computationally.
RNA structure - determining the structure and role of viral genomic RNA in the infection process.
Nanotechnology - exploiting the plasticity of virus encapsidation in the development of viral nanoparticles.
 
Teaching Focus
My aim is to guide students to better understand how molecular biological theory and practice are connected and how they can be applied both in the long- and short-term to solve real-world problems.
 
PLSCI 4300 - Applications in Molecular Diagnostics (Fall)
PLSCI 4301 - Surveying for Disease in Chilean Vineyards (Winter)
PLSCI 4302 - Molecular Diagnostics: From Lab to ViƱedo (Spring)