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Angela Kruse

Angela Kruse

Graduate Student

Plant Science Building, Room 423

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

Research Focus:
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. 

Professional Experience:
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

Teaching Assistant
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)

Guest Lecturer
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.