Lab Members

Tera Pitman

Staff Research Associate and Lab Manager
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis

Email: tlpitman@ucdavis.edu

M.S., Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis
B.S., Biological Sciences emphasis in Plant Biology, University of California, Davis.

Areas of interest: Applied plant virology with a focus towards diagnostics development and validation, which bridges the gap between academia and real world support for growers and producers


Yen-Wen Kuo

Assistant Project Scientist
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Email: ywkuo@ucdavis.edu

Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Areas of interest: Plant pathology, plant virology, plant and insect molecular virology, virus-host interaction, RNA interference, microRNA, artificial microRNA

 


Jun Jiang

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis

Email: junjiang@ucdavis.edu

Ph.D., Virology and Immunology, Université du Québec, Canada
M.S., Microbiology, Central China Normal University, China
B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Central China Normal University, China

Areas of interest: Plant virology and insect virology


Elizabeth Henry

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis

Email: ehenry@ucdavis.edu

Ph.D., University of California, Davis
B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

Areas of interest: Engineering persistently-infecting insect viruses for RNAi in the citrus psyllid to control the spread of HLB; virome-microbiome-host interactions – between psyllids, their endosymbionts, and various persistently-infecting viruses


Anna Erickson

Ph.D. Student
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis

Email: acerickson2290@gmail.com

B.S., Entomology, University of California, Davis

Areas of interest: Insect vectored viruses/pathogens, biology of vector borne diseases, and viral mixed infections

Sandra Vu

Master’s Student
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis

Email: sanvu@ucdavis.edu

B.S., Plant Sciences emphasis in Plant Breeding, University of California, Davis
Areas of interest: Small viral proteins and where to find them

Curtis Carlson

Junior Specialist
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis

Email: ccarlson@ucdavis.edu

B.S., Global Disease Biology, University of California, Davis

Areas of Interest: Entomology, insect physiology and development, disease-vector-host interactions, comparative genomics, and bioinformatics


Alicja Bednarska

Junior Specialist
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis

Email: abednarska@ucdavis.edu

B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Davis
A.S., Biological Sciences, De Anza College

Areas of interest: Molecular virology, molecular biology, and genetics


Undergraduate Interns:

Tanvi Rawat

Sahand Hajian