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Christine Layton

Christine Layton completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Cornell University in January 2014. Her research on the biology and management of switchgrass head smut, caused by the fungus Tilletia maclaganii, was supervised by Gary Bergstrom, and her committee members were Kathie Hodge and Don Viands.  Before coming to Cornell, Christine earned her B.A. in biology from Hood College.  Christine served as president of the department’s Graduate Student Assembly and was recipient of a CALS Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award.  Christine is currently employed at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, MO as a scientific liaison and technical consultant within the Technology Pipeline Solutions branch of their Information Technology organization