André Velásquez completed the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology and plant-microbe biology from Cornell University in 2012. His research was on the molecular basis of plant immunity using the interaction of tomato with the bacterial pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. André was supervised by Greg Martin and his committee members were Alan Collmer and Dan Klessig. He was supported, in part, by a Cornell Presidential Life Sciences Fellowship. Before coming to Cornell, André earned his B.S. from the National Agrarian University in Lima, Peru and a professional degree in biology based on his research at the International Potato Center. André is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University.