Alan Hale Chambers completed the requirements for a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology in 2010. His research was supervised by Samuel Cartinhour and focused on RetS, a two component system that is required for motility and induction of the type three secretion system in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000. Alan also served as the Plant Pathology representative to the Cornell Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Before coming to Cornell, he earned his B.S. in Genetics and Biotechnology at Brigham Young University in Utah, and as an undergraduate was involved in several projects related to crop biology and breeding. Alan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Florida with Kevin Folta and Vance Whitaker conducting research to improve flavor in cultivated strawberries.