Rod Olarte

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Rod Olarte joined the lab in June 2014 to work on a genomics projects related to Candida – Bacteria interactions.  He completed his PhD at NC State University on population genetics of Aspergillus flavus and relatives. In June 2015 he moved to University of Minnesota on his own independent NSF Postdoc fellowship.


EDUCATION

Ph.D., Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, May 2014

M.S., Plant Pathology, Minor – Education, Cornell University, August 2007

B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, Minor – Art Practice, UC Berkeley, May 2003


LABORATORY EXPERIENCE

PostDoc, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology                     June 2014 – Present
University of California, Riverside, CA                          
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Stajich
Lab research interests include evolution of multicellular forms and regulation of development in fungi using next-gen sequencing, computational, phylogenetics, and molecular biology tools.

  • Analyze the phosphoproteome of Candida Albicans using the Gene Ontology and computation tools to detect for enrichment.

 

PhD candidate, Department of Plant Pathology                                       August 2008 – May 2014
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC         
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ignazio Carbone
Lab research interests include evolutionary biology, molecular population genetics and genomics of fungal pathogens.           

  • Determined the evolutionary effects of using biological control for toxigenic Aspergillus flavus
  • Examined genetic evidence for sexual reproduction in flavus and A. tubingensis.
  • Mentored high school and undergraduate students in laboratory research.
  • Maintained culture collection of over 10,000 fungal isolates.

 

Lab Manager, Department of Plant Biology                                September 2007 – August 2008
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT        
Principal Investigator: Dr. Terrence Delaney
Focus areas in the Delaney lab include: systemic acquired resistance in plants and multiple roles of salicylic acid in disease resistance.       

  • Optimized lab protocols involving protoplast isolation and transformation.
  • Maintained lab environment: ordered supplies and general lab upkeep.
  • Supervised and trained incoming graduate students and other lab personnel.

 

Masters Student, Department of Plant Pathology                                   May 2006 – August 2007
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY                               
Principal Investigators: Drs. Keith Perry and Stewart Gray
Research conducted in these labs range from the mechanisms of aphid-virus interactions to epidemiology and disease management strategies of the diseases caused by viruses.

  • Conducted aphid transmission experiments to determine transmission efficiencies of two strain groups of Potato virus Y (PVY) to better understand the method for success of a particular strain of the virus in major potato producing regions in North America.
  • Differentiated isolates of PVY through the methods of tobacco bioassay, serology, and reverse transcription-multiplex polymerase chain reaction (RT-multiplex PCR).
  • Maintained aphids in growth chambers and grew host plants in the greenhouse.

 

Masters Student, Rotation, Dept. of Plant Pathology                 December 2005 – April 2006
Cornell University, Geneva, NY                        
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Smart
The lab focuses on the identification of novel plant defense mechanisms under field conditions and is looking at the relationship between pathogen and insect resistance.

  • Designed strain specific primers for differentiation of field isolates of Xanthomonas campestris campestris to be used in a study that aims to elucidate the origins of this pathogen.
  • Conducted mechanical inoculation trials of campestris pv. campestris in a dilution series to determine threshold of infection on cabbage (Brassica oleracea).

 

Masters Student, Rotation, Dept. of Plant Pathology             August 2005 – December 2005
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY                      
Principal Investigator: Dr. Rose Loria
This research program investigates the molecular genetics and evolution of plant pathogenicity in Gram-positive bacteria and host responses to infection by these pathogens.

  • Cloned portion of the gene encoding a tomatinase virulence protein from the Gram-positive pathogen, Clavibacter michiganensis sub sp. michiganensis into an Escherichia coli expression vector to eventually get polyclonal antibodies made, which ultimately will be used to determine where in the plant a-tomatine, an antifungal compound, accumulates during infection.

 

Staff Research Associate II, Dept. of ESPM                                                January 2004 – July 2005
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA                                     
Principal Investigator: Dr. Matteo Garbelotto
The lab studies population genetics and phylogenetics of Phytophthora ramorum and evaluates the use of biological and chemical controls to manage the sudden oak death disease.

  • General maintenance of ABI 3100 automated capillary sequencer.
  • Maintained culture collection of field isolates of Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora cinnamomi.
  • Trained technicians and post-docs on molecular biological techniques.

 

Research Assistant, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology    June 2002 – January 2004
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA                                    
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Taylor
The lab studies the evolutionary relationships of fungi, concentrating on the fungi that cause plant and human diseases, by sequencing DNA from different fungi and using the differences in sequence to infer their genealogy.

  • Physiologically described new species of archaea named Sulfolobus islandicus.
  • Environmental DNA extractions to analyze diversity of organisms in samples of pond water form which Sulfolobus strains were isolated.

 

Lab Assistant, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology                  May 1999 – August 2002
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA                                      
Principal Investigator: Dr. William Skarnes
The lab studies proteins that have an essential role in the development of an embryo during gestation.

  • General maintenance of laboratory, including ordering and restocking supplies.
  • Performed basic molecular biological operations.

OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Bioinformatics Intern, BASF: The Chemical Company                         June 2010 – August 2010
Research Triangle Park, NC                                  
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Diener        

  • Developed a new toxin query system that was more robust than the previous working model.

Science Editor, American Journal Experts                                                  May 2009 – October 2010
Durham, NC                                                          

  • Edited manuscripts in the scientific areas of agriculture, genetics, pathology and general biology.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (link to Teaching Portfolio)

Co-Instructor, Department of Plant Pathology                            August 2013 – December 2013
Class title: Applied Evolutionary Analysis of Population Genetic Data (PP715)
Professor: Dr. Ignazio Carbone        
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Lectured on topics pertaining to population genetics.
  • Lead discussion during hands-on application sessions.

 

Lab instructor, CAALS3D                                                                                                                            July 2013
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Instructed three high school students in the lab on molecular biology techniques and thin layer chromatography.

 

Teaching Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology               August 2011 – December 2011
Class title: Applied Evolutionary Analysis of Population Genetic Data (PP715)
Professor: Dr. Ignazio Carbone        
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Helped develop tools for making this course accessible for distance education.
  • Graded exams and assignments.

 
 

Teaching Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology               August 2009 – December 2009
Class title: Kingdom of Fungi (PB222)
Professor: Dr. Larry Grand   
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Set up demonstrations of fungi to aid student learning.
  • Graded exams, quizzes and assignments.

 

Volunteer Instructor, 4-H                                                                                                                         May 2007
Northeast Chapter, Ithaca, NY

  • Taught introductory plant pathology lessons to 5th and 6th graders in the Tompkins county NY school district.

 

Teaching Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology               August 2006 – December 2006
Class title: Introductory Plant Pathology (PLPA301)
Professor: Dr. Michael Milgroom
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • Taught laboratory section of introductory plant pathology class.
  • Wrote quizzes to assess student learning.

 

Teaching Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology                          January 2006 – May 2006
Class title: Magical Mushrooms (PLPA201)
Professor: Dr. George Hudler
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • Set up and monitored laboratory demonstrations.
  • Delivered a guest lecture; topic was “Careers in Mycology.”
  • Organized mentorship program for improvement on the term paper assignment.

 

Undergraduate Student Instructor, Department of MCB                   May 2000 – August 2000
Class title: Introduction Biology (Bio1A)
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

  • Facilitated laboratory portion of an introductory biology class.
  • Tutored students in preparation for midterm and final exams.

TEACHING DEVELOPMENT

2013    Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching Program, NCSU
2013   Making the Most of Mentoring in Doctoral Education and Postdoctoral Life, NCSU
2012   Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications seminar series:   Introduction to the DE classroom, NCSU
2012   Fundamental in Teaching seminar series: Designing an Effective Course Syllabus, NCSU
2012   Fundamental in Teaching seminar series: Managing Disruptive Classroom Behavior, NCSU
2012   Fundamentals in Teaching seminar series: Classroom Assessment Techniques, NCSU
2012   Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (CoAT) Program, NCSU
2010    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Introduction to teaching, NCSU
2010    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, How to write a research introduction, NCSU
2010    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Teaching in the lab, NCSU
2010    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Getting your research published, NCSU
2010    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Postdoc or Professional: what path will you choose?, NCSU
2009    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Personal finance for life in the ‘Real World’, NCSU
2009    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Presentation skills for corporate culture, NCSU
2009    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Networking: an important part of the career process, NCSU
2009    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, The tenure process, NCSU
2009    Preparing Future Leaders seminar series, Tales from both sides of the bench: suggestions for managing a lab, NCSU
2006    TA Development Workshop, Cornell University
2006    Effective College Teaching, EDUC 548, Cornell University
2005    TA Development Workshop, Cornell University


ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICES

2010 – 2011: Member
Nusbaum Symposium planning committee, Department of Plant Pathology, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

2010 – 2011: University Graduate Student Association Representative
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

2008 – 2013: Member
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

2006 – 2007: President
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2006 – 2007: Member
Social Committee, Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2006 – 2007: Member
Time Line Mural Committee, Plant Pathology Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2005 – 2007: Member
Prospective Student Committee, Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2005 – 2006: Treasurer
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2005 – 2006: Member
New Student Orientation Committee, Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2002 – 2003: President
Pilipino Association for Health Careers, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2001 – 2002: Coordinator
Pilipino Undergraduate Mentorship Program, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


MENTORSHIP ACTIVITIES

Undergraduate Students:
Mary Lewis (Undergraduate Research Awardee Spring 2011 and Fall 2011)
Lauryn Collier
Kate Lester

Highschool Students:
Jacobo Rozo Posso
Travis McKay
Ronald Harris
Jesus Ayala Lara


WORKSHOPS

2013     CLC Bio – A popular next generation sequencing tool kit. NCSU, Raleigh NC. September 19.

2012     Hands on workshop for the USDA/AFRI funded grant, “Integrated management strategies for Aspergillus and Fusarium ear rots of corn.” NCSU, Raleigh NC. October 23-25.

2011     Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop. Aqueduct Conference Center, Chapel Hill NC. October 6-8.

2011     Aspergillus training course. National Peanut Research Laboratory, Dawson GA. August 14 – 18.


PRESENTATIONS

  1. Olarte RA. 2014. Population dynamics of intra- and inter-specific crosses and the effect of biocontrol on natural populations of Aspergillus PhD defense seminar. NCSU, Raleigh, NC, USA. March 21.
  2. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Heiniger RW, Lewis MH, Ojiambo PS, Singh R, Carbone I. 2013. Population dynamics of Aspergillus flavus following biocontrol treatment of corn. 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology. Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China. August 25-30.
  3. Carbone I, Horn BW, Olarte RA, Moore GG, Worthington CJ, Monacell JT, Singh R, Stone EA, Hell K, Chulze SN, Barros G, Wright GC, Naik MK. 2013. The origins of aflatoxin chemotype diversity in Aspergillus 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology. Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China. August 25-30.
  4. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Heiniger RW, Lewis MH, Ojiambo PS, Singh R, Carbone I. 2013. Population structure of Aspergillus flavus before and after biocontrol treatment. Joint APS/MSA Annual Meeting. Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX, USA. August 10-14.
  5. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Singh R, Carbone I. 2013. Mating-type heterokaryosis and mycelial sectors of differing toxicity in Aspergillus flavus. Gordon Research Seminar/Conference, Stonehill College. Easton, MA, USA. June 15-21
  6. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Singh R, Carbone I. 2013. Population shifts and mating-type heterokaryosis in Aspergillus flavus. 27th Fungal Genetics meeting. Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA, USA. March 12-17.
  7. Carbone I, Horn BW, Olarte RA, Moore GG, Worthington CJ, Monacell JT, Singh R, Stone EA, Hell K, Chulze SN, Barros G, Wright G, Naik MK. 2013. Clonality and sex impact aflatoxigenicity in Aspergillus 27th Fungal Genetics meeting. Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA, USA. March 12-17.
  8. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Singh R, Carbone I. 2013. Population shifts and mating-type heterokaryosis in Aspergillus flavus. 9th International Aspergillus meeting. Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA, USA. March 11-12.
  9. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Dorner JW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Stone EA, Carbone I. 2013. Effect of sexual recombination on population diversity in aflatoxin production by Aspergillus flavus. APS-Southern Division Annual Meeting. Hilton Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. February 8-10.
  10. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Carbone I. 2012. Mating-type heterokaryosis and population shifts in Aspergillus flavus. MSA Annual Meeting. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. July 15-18.
  11. Carbone I, Horn BW, Olarte RA, Moore GG, Worthington CJ, Monacell JT, Singh R, Stone EA, Hell K, Chulze SN, Barros G, Wright G, Naik M. 2012. Population genetics as a tool for understanding toxigenesis in Aspergillus flavus. MYCORED. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. June 24-28.
  12. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Carbone I. 2012. Mating-type heterokaryosis in Aspergilllus flavus in North Carolina. MYCORED. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. June 24-28.
  13. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2012. Putative aneuploids and heterokaryons modulating toxicity in Aspergillus flavus. Duke Symposium in Celebration of Mycology and Mycologists. Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. April 5-6.
  14. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2012. Sexual recombination and heterokaryosis: refining biological control practices. Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. March 20.
  15. Olarte RA. 2012. Genome plasticity in Aspergillus flavus. Annual Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina meeting. Bayer Crop Science Innovation Center, Morrisville, NC, USA. March 1.
  16. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2012. Gene loss, aneuploidy and heterokaryosis modulate toxicity in Aspergillus flavus. Human Pathogens On Plants Workshop: Multidisciplinary Strategy for Research. Marriott Inn and Conference Center, Hyattsville, MD, USA. February 13-15.
  17. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2012. Evidence of aneuploidy modulating aflatoxigenicity in Aspergillus flavus. Keystone Symposia on molecular and cellular biology. Fungal Pathogens: from basic biology to drug discovery. Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM, USA. January 15-20
  18. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2011. Recombination and cryptic heterokaryosis in experimental populations of Aspergillus flavus. The 125th Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and International Research Conference. Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, USA. November 10-13
  19. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2011. Recombination and cryptic heterokaryosis in Aspergillus flavus. MSA Annual Meeting. University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA. August 1-5
  20. Olarte RA. 2011. Sex and illegitimate nuclei in Aspergillus flavus. Annual PhD symposium. Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. April 15.
  21. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2011. Ramification of sex in the usage of biocontrol as management of aflatoxigenic Aspergillus flavus. Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. March 21.
  22. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2011. Sexual recombination and the possibility of cryptic heterokaryosis in Aspergillus flavus. 26th Fungal Genetics Conference. Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA, USA. March 16-20.
  23. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2011. Sexual recombination and the possibility of cryptic heterokaryosis in Aspergillus flavus. 8th International Aspergillus meeting. Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA, USA. March 14-15.
  24. Olarte RA. 2010. Experimental evidence for sex in Aspergillus flavus restoring aflatoxigenicity and increasing genetic diversity. Update Seminar. Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. November 15.
  25. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2010. Insights into sexual reproduction in Aspergillus flavus from variation in experimental crosses and natural populations. APS Annual Meeting. Charlotte convention center, Charlotte, NC, USA. August 7-11.
  26. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Carbone I. 2010. Direct genetic evidence to support the presence of sexual recombination within the life cycle of Aspergillus flavus. MSA Annual Meeting. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. June 28 – July 1.
  27. Olarte RA. 2009. The impact of sexual reproduction on the evolutionary risk of Aspergillus flavus. Proposal seminar. Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. November 18
  28. Mello AF, Olarte RA, Gray SM, Perry KL. 2009. Transmission efficiency of Potato virus Y strains PVYO and PVYN-Wl by five aphid species. APS Annual Meeting. Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, USA. August 1-5
  29. Olarte RA. 2007. OH NO! The rise of the N:O; an exploration of the success of strain by measure of the efficiency of transmission. Graduate Student Seminar. Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. May 1.
  30. Olarte RA, Ivors K, Garbelotto M. 2005. Genotyping Pythophthora ramorum isolates from U.S. nurseries using PCR-RFLP and microsatellite analyses. National Sudden Oak Death Symposium. Monterey Convention Center, Monterey, CA, USA. January 18-21.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Singh R, and Carbone I. 2014. Sexual recombination in Aspergillus tubingensis. In review
  2. Olarte RA, Worthington CJ, Horn BW, Moore GG, Singh R, Monacell JT, Dorner JW, Stone EA, Xie D, and Carbone I. 2014. Enhanced diversity and aflatoxigenicity in interspecific hybrids of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus Parasiticus. In review
  3. Lassiter ES, Russ C, Nusbaum C, Zeng Q, Saville A, Olarte RA, Carbone I, Hu C, Seguin-Orlando A, Samaniego JA, Thorne JL, and Ristaino JB. 2014. Mitochondrial genome sequences reveal evolutionary relationships of the Phytophthora Ic clade species. In review
  4. Horn BW, Sorensen RB, Lamb MC, Sobolev VS, Olarte RA, Worthington CJ, and Carbone I. 2013. Sexual reproduction in Aspergillus flavus sclerotia naturally produced in corn. Phytopathology 104: 75-85.
  5. Horn BW, Olarte RA, Peterson SW and Carbone I. 2013. Sexual reproduction in Aspergillus tubingensis from section Nigri. Mycologia 105: 1153-1163.
  6. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Dorner JW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Stone EA and Carbone I.  2012.  Effect of sexual recombination on population diversity in aflatoxin production by Aspergillus flavus and evidence for cryptic heterokaryosis. Molecular Ecology 21: 1453–1476.

*Paper is the topic of a News and Views Perspective article to appear in the accompanying issue of Molecular Ecology entitled “Sex, Drugs and Recombination: The Wild Life of Aspergillus” by Matthew C. Fisher and Daniel A. Henk.  Molecular Ecology 21: 1305–1306.

  1. Olarte RA*, Mello AFS*, Gray SM, Perry KL. 2011. Transmission efficiency of potato virus Y strains PVYO and PVYN-Wi by five aphid species. Plant Disease 95: 1279-1283

*Co-first authors


PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND ABSTRACTS

  1. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Worthington CJ, Heiniger RW, Lewis MH, Ojiambo PS, Singh R, Carbone I. 2013. Population structure of Aspergillus flavus before and after biocontrol treatment. Phytopathology 103: S2
  2. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Dorner JW, Monacell JT, Singh R, Stone EA, and Carbone I. 2013. Effect of sexual recombination on population diversity in aflatoxin production by Aspergillus flavus. Phytopathology 103: S1
  3. Carbone I, Horn BW, Moore GG, Olarte RA, Worthington CJ, Monacell JT, Stone EA. 2010. The population genomics of mycotoxin diversity in Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Phytopathology 100: S157
  4. Olarte RA, Horn BW, Monacell JT, Stone EA, Carbone I. 2010. Insights into sexual reproduction in Aspergillus flavus from variation in experimental crosses and natural populations. Phytopathology 100: S92
  5. Mello AF, Olarte RA, Gray SM, Perry KL. 2009. Transmission efficiency of Potato virus Y strains PVYO and PVYN-Wl by five aphid species.   Phytopathology 99: S83
  6. Rosenzweig N, Hueberli D, Ivors K, Olarte R, Rizzo D, Garbelotto M. 2005. The discovery and characterization of a unique group of isolates of Phytophthora ramorum from US nurseries. Phytopathology 95: S90

PEER-REVIEWER

2014 – present    International Journal of Food Microbiology
2012 – present    Mycologia
2012 – present    Infection, Genetics and Evolution


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

2014 – present     American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
2012 – present    Genetics Society of America (GSA)
2012 – present    Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society)
2012 – present    American Phytopathological Society Southern Division (APS-SD)
2011 – present    Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society for Agriculture)
2010 – present   Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina (PPSNC)
2009 – present   American Phytopathological Society (APS)
2009 – present   Mycological Society of America (MSA)


GRANTS

2015     (5/15/15 – 4/30/2017) NSF BIO Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant: Using statistical phylogeography to infer processes of evolutionary ecology. $138,000. Principal investigator

 2012    (8/1/12 – 7/31/2014) USDA NIFA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Grant: Adaptation of novel Aspergillus flavus genotypes to changing environmental conditions and the role of genome plasticity in modulating toxicity. $75,000. Principal Investigator


FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, HONORS AND AWARDS        

2015 – 2017     NSF BIO Post-Doctoral Fellowship
2013      Gordon Research Conference Carl Storm Fellowship
2013      27th Fungal Genetics Conference Travel Award to attend meeting
2013      APS-Southern Division Travel Award to attend annual meeting
2012 – 2014    USDA NIFA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
2012      NCSU Stewards of the Future Outstanding Student Research Award
2012      NCSU Stewards of the Future Outstanding Faculty Research Award (contributor)
2012      MSA Graduate Fellowship Award
2012       APS-PPB and USDA-NIFA Scholarship to attend Human Pathogens on Plants meeting
2012      Keystone Symposia Scholarship / Travel Award
2012      Sigma Xi inductee to Associate Membership
2011      UNC campus scholarship
2011      Sigma Xi Annual Meeting Superior Presentation Medal
2011      MSA Richard Korf Mentor Student Travel Award
2011      MSA John W. Rippon Research Award
2011      Gamma Sigma Delta inductee
2011      8th International Aspergillus Meeting best poster award
2011      PPSNC Student Travel Award
2010      UNC campus scholarship
2010      MSA Annual Meeting best oral presentation award
2010      MSA Alma W. Barksdale / John Raper Mentor Student Travel Award
2009      UNC campus scholarship
2008      University Graduate Research Fellowship
2008 – 2011   Center for Integrated Fungal Research USDA National Needs Fellowship

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