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Jenny Wilson


Graduate Student

Boyce Thompson Institute, Room 107


May 2016, B.S. Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University

Graduate Advisor: Michelle Cilia

Research Focus

I am broadly interested in the transmission of plant pathogens by their insect vectors and the molecular interactions that occur between host, pathogen, and vector. My research focuses on the circulative transmission of the luteovirid Potato leafroll virus by the generalist aphid Myzus persicae. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie this intimate mode of transmission can help us develop methods to control the spread of disease in the field.

Professional Experience

  • Summer 2015 – Research Assistant. Dr. Guido Schnabel, Clemson University (Clemson, SC). Studied the life history, diversity, ecology and emerging fungicide resistance of Monilinia fructicola on peach and Botrytis cinearea on strawberry.
  • Summer 2014 – Research Experience for Undergraduates. Dr. Sona Pandey, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, MO). Investigated the role of phosphorylation in G-protein mediated signaling in Arabidopsis.

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2016 – Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
  • 2015 – Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • 2012-2016 – Clemson National Scholars Program Scholarship

Professional Societies and Working Groups

  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Entomological Society of America


  • Dowling, M.E., Bryson, P.K., Boatwright, H.G., Wilson, J.R., Fan, Z., Everhart, S.E., Brannen, P.M. and Schnabel, G., 2016. Effect of Fungicide Applications on Monilinia fructicola Population Diversity and Transposon Movement. Phytopathology106 (12): 1504-1512.
  • Dowling, M.E., Hu, M.J., Schmitz, L.T., Wilson, J.R. and Schnabel, G., 2016. Characterization of Botrytis cinerea Isolates from Strawberry with Reduced Sensitivity to Polyoxin D Zinc Salt. Plant Disease100 (10): 2057-2061.