Committee Members

 

Meet The 2020 Plant Sciences Symposium

Committee Members


Cecilia Chagas de Freitas          (chagasdefreitas.1@osu.edu)  

Cecilia Chagas de Freitas is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology. She is advised by Chris Taylor working with biology and management of Agrobacterium rhizogenes, the causal agent of Hairy Root Disease on hydroponically grown tomatoes. Cecilia serves as the chair of the invited speakers subcommittee.

 


Ben Eggers          (eggers.30@osu.edu)

Ben is a master’s student in Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University. He is advised by Eric Stockinger working to breed winter malting barley for Ohio and adjacent regions. Ben currently serves as a Co-chair of the committee as well as Chair of the Catering sub-committee.

 


Isabel Emanuel          (emanuel.31@osu.edu)   

Isabel is a PhD student in the department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. Isabel is advised by Dr. Francesca Peduto Hand and is utilizing a metabolomic approach to understand the relationship between deciduous holly (Ilex. spp.) fruit and a newly emerging fungal pathogen causing latent fruit rot. Isabel currently serves as the chair of the External Funding Subcommittee.

 


Linda Hebb          (weber.858@osu.edu)

Linda is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. Linda is advised by Dr. Anne Dorrance, and is studying the regional effectiveness of single gene resistance in soybean against Phytophthora root and stem rot, as well as effective management strategies for other diseases of soybean. Linda serves as the chair of the Travel Logistics subcommittee.

 


Brian Hodge          (hodge.217@osu.edu)

Brian Hodge is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology. Co-advised by Pierce Paul and Lucy Stewart, Brian is evaluating risk, disease mechanics, and sources of resistance for viruses that infect wheat in Ohio. Brian currently serves as Co-Chair of the committee and chair of the Facilities/Program subcommittee.

 


Tu Huynh          (huynh.177@osu.edu)

Tu is a PhD student in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. She is advised by Dr. Leah McHale, and is aiming to identify and characterize loci and individual genes associated with seed oil and protein contents in soybean. Tu serves as the Co-Chair of the organizing committee.

 


Jack McCoy          (mccoy.766@osu.edu)

Jack is a PhD student in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Co-advised by Drs. Leah McHale and Kristin Mercer, he is working to understand drought tolerance in chile pepper across an environmental and domestication gradient. He serves as Chair of the Tour/Workshop sub-committee.

 


Nathan Nordstedt          (nordstedt.1@osu.edu)

Nathan Nordstedt is a PhD student in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences. Nathan is advised by Dr. Michelle Jones working to identify novel strains of bacteria to increase crop quality of greenhouse ornamentals. Nathan served as a committee Co-Chair in previous years and currently serves as an advisor to the committee.

 


Priscila Rodriguez Garcia          (rodriguezgarcia.2@osu.edu)

Priscila is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University. Priscila serves as the Chair of the Poster Session and Competition subcommittee.

 


Carlos Saint-Preux          (saint-preux.1@osu.edu)

Carlos Saint-Preux is a master’s student in the department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. Carlos is co-advised by Dr. Melanie Lewis Ivey and Dr. Sally A. Miller assessing the impact of bacterial spot on fresh market and processing tomato yield to establish economic threshold levels to reduce disease and increase farm profitability. Carlos currently serves as a member of the External Funding, Registration/Outreach, and invited speaker sub-committees.

 


Elizabeth Schwab          (schwab.175@osu.edu)

Elizabeth is a master’s student in the Environmental Science Graduate Program, advised by Dr. Margaret Kalcic in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Dr. Robyn Wilson in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Elizabeth’s work focuses on assessing farmer perceptions of nutrient loss and its impacts on water quality. Elizabeth currently serves as the chair for the Website and Technology subcommittee.

 


Ana M. Vazquez Catoni          (vazquez.152@osu.edu)

Ana María is a master’s student in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. Under the guidance of Dr. Soledad Benitez, Ana María works on characterizing the endophytic bacterial microbiome of tomato plants grown in chicken-grazed soils. Ana currently serves as the Chair for the Advertisement and Social Media Subcommittee.

 


Piao Yang          (yang.4636@osu.edu)

Piao Yang is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology at Ohio State University. With the supervision of Dr. Ye Xia, Piao works on microbe-induced systemic acquired resistance of host plants. Piao now serves as the chair for the Registration/Outreach Subcommittee.