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Jose Vargas

Jose Vargas

211 Plant Science
(607) 255-9744

Education

May 2012 - Present, PhD student, Plant Pathology concentration, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University
2008, BSc. Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica
2011, MSc. Genetics and Molecular biology. Universidad de Costa Rica

Current Graduate Advisor:K. Perry

Research Focus

I’m interested in plant-virus interactions through small RNAs (sRNA). My works splits between two main research areas in this topic: the use of large scale sRNA sequencing for virus detection and discovery and the study of the plant sRNA response to virus infection.

Professional Experience

2008-2011 Research assistant at the Molecular biology of plants and virus lab. CIBCM-UCR.

Publications

  • Vargas, J. A., Hammond, R. W., Hernández, E., Barboza, N., Mora, F., & Ramírez, P. (2011). First report of Tomato chlorosis virusinfecting sweet pepper in Costa Rica. Plant Disease, 95, 1482
  • Barboza, N., Castro, R., Solórzano, A., Vargas-Asencio, J.A., Ramírez, P.: Virus transmitidos por mosca blanca en Costa Rica. In Caracterización, epidemiologia y manejo del complejo mosca blancas-virus en sistemas hortícolas de Costa Rica. 1st edition. Edited by Barboza, N. San José: Editorial de la Universidad Estatal a Distancia; 2012: 30-49
  •  Hernández, E., Guevara, J., Vargas-Asencio, J.A., Ramírez, P.: Mosca blanca como vector de virus en Costa Rica. In Caracterización, epidemiologia y manejo del complejo mosca blancas-virus en sistemas hortícolas de Costa Rica. 1st edition. Edited by Barboza, N. San José: Editorial de la Universidad Estatal a Distancia; 2012: 50-70
  • Vargas-Asencio, J.A., McLean, H., Bush, E. & Perry, K. 2013. Spinach latent virus infecting tomato in Virginia, USA. In press
  • Vargas-Asencio, J.A., Hernández, E., Barboza, N., Hammond, R., Mora, F., Ramírez, P. 2013. Detection of Tomato chlorosis virus and its vector Trialeurodes vaporariorum in greenhouse-grown tomato and sweet pepper in the Cartago province, Costa Rica. Journal of Plant Pathology. Accepted for publication