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Carolina Mazo


Graduate Student

Boyce Thompson Institute, Room 323


  • August 2015 - present, PhD student, Plant-Microbe Biology, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
  • 2012, MSc, Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • 2009, BSc, Microbiology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia)

Current Graduate Advisor: Gregory Martin

Research Focus

I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which pathogens subvert the plant immune system through the use of secreted effector proteins. My current research focus is on effector-triggered immunity, characterizing the repertoire of effectors present in strains of Pseudomonas syringe pv. tomato isolated from New York in 2015. My overall goal is to elucidate new resistance mechanisms that allow Tomatoes to be more resistant to new races of P.syringae.

Professional Experience

  • February – August 2014, Visiting Fellow, Hellman Lab, Cornell University.
  • 2012-2013, Research Assistant, Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research (CORPOICA), Colombia.
  • Spring 2012, Teacher Assistant, Cellular Biology, Universidad de los Andes.

Awards and Honors

  • August 2015 – present, COLCIENCIAS Fellowship.
  • August 2015 – present, Top-off Stipend Support, Cornell University.
  • 2010, Partial Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences at Universidad de los Andes.