Kvitko Lab 2016-17
Dr. Brian Kvitko
Brian started in the Plant Pathology Department in the summer of 2015. His appointment consists of 75% research and 25% teaching. The two classes he teaches are:
- PATH 8400 Host Pathogen Interactions
- PATH 6290/6290L Phytobacteriology
Research Professional I
Amy started in the Plant Pathology Department in the Fall of 2015. She has provided vital work in the organization and design of our extensive lab. Her extensive knowledge in microscopy and qRT PCR have been a big help in developing the lab’s research foundation
Amelia started in the Department in Fall 2015. She received her BA in both Biology and Math in June of 2014 at Hood College. She has played a large role in setting up and organizing the lab. Her research focuses on transcriptional analysis of Pseudomonas syringae in the presence of PAMP triggered immunity.
Spencer started in the Department in the Fall of 2015. He received a BS in Biology in June 2015 at University of Missouri. His research focuses on genetically characterizing strains of Pantoea ananatis that are endemic to Georgia through genetic and molecular characterization techniques. Additionally, he is interested in finding when onion bulbs are most susceptible to P. ananatis infection throughout the growing season and which varieties are more resistant to symptom development.
Zach started in the Department in Summer of 2015. He received a BA in Horticulture in June 2015 at University of Georgia. He is currently working under his Major Professor Dr. Elizabeth Little. His research focuses on identifying the disease cycle of the phloem-limited bacteria, Serratia marcescens that causes yellow vine disease in squash. Given that this pathogen is vectored by squash bugs, Zach is also using entomology skills in his research as well as genetic approaches to find pathogenicity islands in the genome.
Donald started in the department in Fall 2016. He received his BS in Biology from Morehouse College and his MS in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University. His research focuses on tool development projects for increased sensitivity for microbial community profiling and better understanding of type 3 effector translocation during infection.
Shuan started at the department in Fall 2016. He received a BS in Biology and a Minor in chemistry from the University of Portland May of 2016. His research currently focuses on developing tools necessary to understand disease development of center rot in onions cause by Pantoea ananatis.
Henry is a high school student that worked in our lab for 3 months in the summer of 2016. He worked on developing interfering CRISPR vectors for altering the pathogenicity of Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato. Henry won 1st place in the Young Scholar Poster Presentation in Athens!