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Chris Peritore

Chris Peritore

Graduate Student

573-673-8032

Education

2011–2015, Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Missouri

Current Graduate Advisor: Christine Smart

Research Focus

My current research revolves around the pathogenesis of tomato by the Gram-positive bacterium, Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm). I am studying the observed behavior of intracellular localization of Cmm and the potential ability for cell-to-cell movement without lysis. Another focus is to understand the function and target of horizontally acquired expansin genes in disease progression. Finally, I am using proteomic and RNA-seq data to learn more about the underlying genetics, transcription, and proteins of this pathogen.

Professional Experience

  • Fall 2016 Teaching Assistant – Biology and Management of Plant Diseases (PLPPM 3010)
  • August 2011-May 2015 NIH-IMSD Undergraduate Research Fellow. University of Missouri, Division of Biochemistry. Advisors: Dr. Douglas Randall and Dr. Elizabeth Hoyos
  • June 2012-August 2013 Certified Nursing Assistant, Columbia Internal Medicine and Obesity Clinic. Supervisor: Dr. Myriam Ensling, M.D.
  • 2014-2015 Spanish Interpreter and Translator, Global Village Language Center

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Dean’s Excellence Fellowship, Cornell University
  • 2011-2015 Diversity Award Scholarship, University of Missouri

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • 2016-Present Vice-President, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science-Cornell Chapter
  • 2015-Present Secretary, Cornell Zymology Club
  • 2015-2016 Prospective Student Committee Member, Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University

Professional Societies and Working Groups

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Latino Graduate Student Coalition
  • Cornell Mi Comunidad Mentorship Program
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
  • The New York Academy of Sciences

Publications

Conference Presentations:                                                                                        
Peritore FC, Tancos MA, Smart CD. “Examining putative motility genes in Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis.” Poster session presented at: American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting; 2016 July 30th-August 3rd; Tampa, FL.

E. N. Robinson, F. C. Peritore, C. D. Smart. “Characterization of NYS isolates of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato for the presence of the avirulence gene AvrPto.” Poster presentation: Summer Scholar Research Forum, July 2016, Cornell University.                                                                                                                            

Chris Peritore, Elizabeth Hoyos, Alyssa Moran, Ján Miernyk, Douglas Randall. 2015. Functional Genomic Analysis of Mitochondrial Dihydrolipoyl S-acetyltransferase. Life Sciences Forum, University of Missouri. (Poster Presentation)

Chris Peritore, Elizabeth Hoyos, Alyssa Moran, Ján Miernyk, Douglas Randall. 2015. Functional Genomic Analysis of Mitochondrial Dihydrolipoyl S-acetyltransferase. Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum. University of Missouri. Honorable mention. (Poster Presentation)

Chris Peritore, Elizabeth Hoyos, Alyssa Moran, Ján Miernyk, Douglas Randall. 2014. Functional Genomic Analysis of Mitochondrial Dihydrolipoyl S-acetyltransferase. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). San Antonio, TX. (Poster Presentation)

Chris Peritore, Elizabeth Hoyos, Daniela Hoyos, Douglas Randall. 2014. “Functional genomics of the E2 subunits of mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase.” Life Sciences Forum. University of Missouri. Honorable mention. (Poster Presentation)

Chris Peritore, Elizabeth Hoyos, Daniela Hoyos, Douglas Randall. 2013. Functional genomics of the E2 subunits of mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Nashville, TN. (Poster Presentation)

Chris Peritore, Elizabeth Hoyos, Daniela Hoyos, Douglas Randall. 2013 Functional genomics of the E2 subunits of mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase. Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum. University of Missouri. (Poster Presentation)