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Laura Wakefield

Laura Wakefield completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology in 2010. She studied under the direction of Robert Seem, Lance Cadle-Davidson and David Gadoury and conducted research on the asexual development of the grape powdery mildew fungus, Erysiphe necator. Laura identified factors controlling onset and cessation of conidiation in powdery mildew, the identification of molecular signals underlying these processes and developed an understanding their consequences in the field. After graduating from Cornell Dr. Wakefield pursued additional education at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Pittsburgh.