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A. Paola Zuluaga

A. Paola Zuluaga completed the requirements for the Ph.D. in July 2011, working on host and pathogen gene expression during the transition from biotrophy to necrotrophy in a compatible interaction (tomato and Phytophthora infestans ) in Bill Fry's lab. She found significant evidence for alternative splicing in tomato because she detected the expression of 90,000 genes in tomato (about four-fold more than predicted from analysis of the genome). She detected 9000 genes in P. infestans. She also found evidence for new R genes in the host and new effectors in the pathogen. Her committee members were Joss Rose and Greg Martin. Paola's undergraduate degree is from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, her home town. Prior to earning her Masters at Cornell, she taught Spanish to children in Georgia. Paola is currently investigating postdoctoral opportunities in Spain.