Position title: PhD student
Michelle was a Ph.D. student in the Plant Pathology program. Her work focuses on gaining a better understanding of the pathogen Pseudoperonospora humuli, causing hop downy mildew, as it exists in Wisconsin. Some of Michelle’s objectives include testing WI pathogen populations for resistance to mefenoxam and using temperature data to predict the emergence of this systemic pathogen in the spring. Overall, Michelle’s goal is to improve downy mildew disease management in Wisconsin hops. Prior to joining the lab, Michelle spent a little over a year with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program working primarily with tree fruit IPM. In her free time Michelle enjoys skiing, cross-stitch, and perusing antique stores.
B.S. Biology – State University of New York at Geneseo, 2011