I am the Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Biology & Chemistry. I received my B.Sc. in Agronomy from the University of Costa Rica, and completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology with a minor in Entomology at Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. After completing graduate school, I received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to conduct research related to agricultural microbiomes at the University of Minnesota.
My research interests center on investigating the biology, ecology and management of plant-associated microbes, with the ultimate goal of developing practical applications for enhancing plant and soil health, and promoting biological suppression of plant pathogens. My goal as an educator is to spark enthusiasm for agriculture, and specifically how plant pathogens impact agricultural production. In the classroom, I strive to make the learning process and concepts interesting, engaging, and ultimately helping all my students apply the concepts learned in the classroom to real-life situations.