Julia’s research focus is on applied microbial ecology and the management of fungal plant pathogens.  Julia worked in the Gevens lab as a postdoctoral research associate, where she focused on improving management of the potato blemish diseases silver scurf and black dot. Her research projects included developing pathogen detection methods, evaluating pathogen infection dynamics in the field and post-harvest, and investigating the genetic basis of varietal resistance to silver scurf.  While in the Gevens lab, Julia participated in extension activities such as by presenting at growers meetings. Julia also worked collaborated on research trials with members of the Wisconsin potato industry.

Julia currently works in the fungicide discovery group at Valent BioSciences LLC, where she coordinates greenhouse and field testing of early-stage biofungicide candidates.

Education:
Postdoc Plant Pathology – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014-15
Ph.D. Plant Pathology – Cornell University, 2013
B.S. Environmental Science & Policy, B.A. Anthropology – University of Maryland, College Park, 2007