Washington Da Silva completed the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology from Cornell University in 2018. His research was supervised by Stewart Gray and was on Potato virus Y with a focus on population diversity, virus evolution, and the genetics of host resistance. Before coming to Cornell, Washington earned his M.S. degree in Plant Health from Louisiana State University in 2015 and a B.S. degree from Universidade Federal De Vicosa (Brazil) in Agronomy Engineering in 2010. Washington is currently an Assistant Agricultural Scientist in the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, with research responsibilities for virus diseases of grapes and other fruit and vegetable crops.