Principal Investigator

Dr. Francesca Peduto Hand, Associate Professor

Where I am from: Florence, Italy
PhD, Plant Pathology, University of Florence, Italy
MS, Agricultural Science and Technology, University of Florence, Italy
About myself: I teach classes, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in my research program and I am the State Extension Specialist for ornamental pathology. I am passionate about agriculture and women leadership.

Twitter: @PrettyPlantsDoc



Graduate students

Isabel Emanuel, PhD student (2018-present)

Where I am from: Baltimore, MD
Education: B.S., Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park
My research: My research aims to develop integrated disease management strategies for an emerging disease affecting ornamental holly.
Something about myself: In my free time, I enjoy attending group fitness classes and participating in intramural sports.




Daniela Gutierrez Yanez, MS student (2021-present)

Where I am from: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Education: B.S., Agricultural Sciences and Production, Escuela Agricola Panamericana Zamorano, Honduras
My research: My research focuses on identifying soilborne pathogens of cut flowers and the potential use of anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) for disease management.
Something about myself: I’m a black belt in Taekwondo, I love science and in my free time I enjoy reading and learning new things.



Undergraduate students

Emily Henderson, SRIPP intern (2019-present)

Where I am from: Columbus, OH

About myself: I am currently a junior at OSU majoring in Environmental Policy in the SENR school. Along with working in the ornamental lab, I am also a teaching assistant for the Intro to Environmental Science course. I really enjoy watching movies, playing Pokémon, going to trivia nights, and hiking as often as I can!



Former members

Coralie Farinas
PhD student (2015-2020)
Current position: Plant Pathologist, Ball Helix
Cristian Olmos
MS student (2019-2020)
Shan Lin
PhD student (2014-2018)
Current position: Applied Research Supervisor, Driscoll’s Inc.
Dana Martin
MS student (2015-2017)












Caterina Villari
Postdoc (2016-2017)
Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Veena Devi Ganeshan
Postdoc (2017-2018)
Current position: Research Associate, ABRC, OSU