August 2014- Present, MS/PhD student, Plant-Microbe Biology concentration, Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University
May 2014, Bachelor of Science, Genetics and Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Current Graduate Advisor: Michelle Cilia
Elected and Appointed Positions:
2018-2019 President-PPPMB Graduate Student Association
My research centers on insect transmission of the bacterium associated with citrus greening disease (also known as Huanglongbing), which is currently the most serious disease of citrus plants. I use molecular biology, proteomics, and RNA aptamer technology to study how the bacteria is transmitted between hosts with the goal of inhibiting vector spread of this devastating pathogen.
Ph.D. Candidate, (Cilia) Heck Lab, Cornell University 2014-Present
Lab and Field Technician, Rosenthal Lab, Ohio University Summer 2013
Research Assistant, Jackson Lab, University of California, Berkeley 2010-2014
Spider Biology, Cornell University (2016-2017)
Introductory Entomology, Cornell University (2017)
Proteomics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Summer 2015)
Viruses, Health, and Society, University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2013)
Introduction to Plant Pathology, Cornell University (2015)
Co-Instructor of Plant and Animal Microtechnique, University of California, Berkeley (Summer 2014)
Awards and honors:
USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow
University of California, Berkeley SPUR fellow
Professional Societies and Working Groups:
American Society of Plant Biology
American Phytopathological Society
Kruse A, Ramsey J, Johnson R, Hall D, MacCoss M, Heck M. (2018) ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ minimally alters expression of immunity and metabolism proteins in the hemolymph of Diaphorina citri, the insect vector of Huanglongbing. Journal of Proteome Research.
Heck M, Ramsey J, Kruse A. (2018) The Asian citrus psyllid: A proteomics perspective. Citrograph 9(1).
Kruse A, Fattah-Hosseini S, Saha S, Johnson R, Warwick ER, Sturgeon K, Mueller L, MacCoss M, Shatters R, Cilia M. (2017) Combining ‘omics and microscopy to visualize interactions between the Asian citrus psyllid vector and the Huanglongbing pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus in the insect gut. PLoS One 12(6): e0179531
Chen Wenbo C, Hasegawa DK, Kaur N, Kliot A, Pinheiro PV, Luan J, Stensmyr MC, Zheng Y, Liu W, Sun H, Xu Y, Luo Y, Kruse A, Yang X, et al. (2016). "The draft genome of whitefly Bemisia tabaci MEAM1, a global crop pest, provides novel insights into virus transmission, host adaptation, and insecticide resistance." BMC Biology 14(1): 110.
Ramsey JS, Johnson RS, Hoki JS, Kruse A, Mahoney J, et al. (2015) Metabolic interplay between the Asian Citrus Psyllid and its Profftella symbiont: An Achilles’ heel of the citrus greening insect vector. PLoS One 10(11): e0140826.