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John Gottula

John Wesley Gottula

A133 Barton Laboratory, Geneva, NY 14456
Office (315) 787-2351; Mobile: (806) 441-4427


  • Present Ph.D. program, Plant Pathology; Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University. Expected graduation May 2014
  • Spring 2013  Universit√© de Strasbourg, visiting doctoral student, Institut de Biologie Mol√©culaire des Plantes, Strasbourg, France
  • 2008 B.S., Horticulture; Texas Tech University

Graduate advisor: Marc Fuchs

Research Focus

My interest is biotechnology for plant research. My graduate work focuses on Grapevine fanleaf virus and its potential to be a vector for grapevine. Viral vectors can specifically knock down mRNA or express proteins in plants, and these functions make viral vectors useful tools to understand plant biology. Specific areas of my research address the identity of the GFLV silencing suppressor, the properties of the GFLV satellite RNA, and ways of validating viral vectors for grapevine.

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present Graduate Research Assistant and Extension Assistant, New York State Ag. Exp. Station, Geneva, NY. TA for Magical Mushrooms Mischievous Molds, performed extension work, and conducted independent research. Supervisor: Dr. Marc Fuchs.
  • 2005-2008  Research Assistant,  Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Assisted in a wide variety of lab-based research projects. Supervisor: Dr. Robert Wright
  • Summer 2005 Horticultural Intern, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK. Managed the Noble Foundation's first marketing campaign to sell fresh produce and flowers. Supervisor: Steven Upson
  • 2001-2004 Nurseryman, T.G. Trees and Garden Center, Lubbock, TX. High school and college employment that spurred my horticulture career interest.

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • 2011-2013 Student Garden and Produce Donation Manager, Student Association of the Geneva Experiment Station
  • 2011-2012 Treasurer, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Graduate Student Association
  • 2011-2012 Colloquium Committee Chair
  • 2009-2010 Vice President, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Graduate Student Association
  • 2008-2012 New Student Committee Member

Grants, Awards and Honors

  • 2012    Grant, $75,000 pre-doctoral research award, USDA National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (NIFA-AFRI)
  • 2012    Grant, $7,000 research and travel award, Grape Research Coordination Network
  • 2011    Grant, $2,000 service award, Cornell Community Partnership Board (p.p. Student Association of the Geneva Experiment Station)
  • 2011    Grant, $1000, p.p. Plant Pathology Student Colloquium, Cornell
  • 2010    Student Program Funding, $1500, p.p. Plant Pathology Student Association, Cornell
  • 2010    Travel grants, 2x $1,000, American Phytopathological Society and Cornell Graduate School
  • 2009    Student Program Funding, $1500, p.p. Plant Pathology Student Association, Cornell
  • 2009    Grant, $1,000, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council travel award
  • 2008    Accolade, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program honorable mention
  • 2008    Accolade, Who’s Who Among America’s Colleges and Universities academic award
  • 2007    Accolade, HortScience Top Undergraduate at Texas Tech student recognition
  • 2007    Grant, wage stipend, TTU Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute Scholar
  • 2005    Grant, wage stipend, TTU Honors College Undergraduate Research Scholar
  • 2004    Certification, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Nursery Professional

Professional Development

  • 2013 Composition of an invention disclosure (Cornell’s tech transfer office, CCTEC)
  • 2012 & 2013 Guest lectures at Finger Lakes Community College (Canandaigua, NY)
  • 2012 Presentation of agricultural careers at career day of Cato-Meridian Middle School (Cato, NY, 2012)
  • 2011 Revived and coordinated interdepartmental student colloquium (Dr. Steve Lindow)
  • 2010-2012 Coordination of several invited speaker visits to Cornell (Ohio State, Penn State, NC State)
  • 2009-present Member: American Phytopathological Society
  • 2009 Assisted teaching for Magical Mushrooms Mischeivous Molds (PLPA 2010)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • E. Vigne, J. Gottula, C. Schmitt-Keichinger, V. Komar, L. Ackerer, L. Belval, L. Rakotamala, O. Lemaire, C. Ritzenthaler and M. Fuchs (2013). A strain specific segment of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of Grapevine fanleaf virus determines symptoms in Nicotiana species. Journal of General Virology, in revision.
  • J. Gottula, Lapato, D., Cantilina, K., Saito, S., Bartlett, B., and Fuchs, M. (2013). Genetic variability, evolution, and biological effects of Grapevine fanleaf virus satellite RNAs. Phytopathology 103, in press.
  • J. Gottula, K. Price, R.D. Allen, B. Mullinix and R.J. Wright (2009) Efficacy of antioxidant overproduction on fiber growth and maturation in cotton. Crop Science 43:1733-1741.
  • J. Gottula and M. Fuchs. (2009) Towards a quarter century of pathogen-derived resistance and practical approaches to plant virus disease control. Advances in Virus Research: Natural and Engineered Resistance to Plant viruses 76:161-183.

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