Subject Areas: Entomology and Plant Pathology

Area of Interest: Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Pathogen Interactions
My research program focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of dynamics of host- pathogen interactions and finding ways to integrate this knowledge to better manage plant diseases.

Research Areas:

  • Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of plant pathogens 
  • Unraveling the diversity of plant-associated saprophytic/non-pathogenic bacteria and their role in plant health and plant-pathogen interactions
  • Understanding patho-adaptation strategies of a bacterial pathogen
  • Microbial community interactions in the rhizosphere and/phyllosphere
Plant Pathology, Entomology
PhD, University of Florida, Plant Pathology, 2011
MS, University of Pune, India, Microbiology, 2007
BS, University of Pune, India, Microbiology, 2005
area studies natural and physical sciences, mathematics and technology bacteriology microbiology life sciences