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 am committed to quality graduate and undergraduate education and to supporting green industry stakeholders in producing healthy plants using sustainable practices. I am passionate about agriculture and women leadership in STEM.
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.
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.
Aleacia Laird (2021-present)
Where I am from: Springfield, OH
Education: Global Impact STEM Academy High School, 2019
About myself: I am a 3rd year student at Ohio State majoring in Plant Pathology with a minor in Horticulture. I enjoy being a CFAES ambassador and working with prospective students and my ambassador team. I am passionate about OSU Extension and have spent the past two summers working with Master Gardener Volunteers in Clark County Ohio. In my free time I enjoy gardening, going to coffee shops, and spending intentional time with my family and friends.