UGA Plant Pathology Blog

One Chapter of Life Ends, and Another Begins: The Journey of PhD Student Haoxi Li.

Haoxi Li, a native of Xichang in the Sichuan Province of China, has successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Population biology, fungicide resistance, and mating system of gummy stem blight fungi in the southeastern United States” and graduated December 2016. Before becoming a graduate student in the UGA Plant Pathology graduate program, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China. Haoxi then journeyed to the University of Helsinki in Finland to complete his Master’s degree in Plant Production Science. In 2012, the joined the UGA Plant Pathology Department and became Dr. Marin Brewer’s first PhD student.

While a member of the Brewer Lab, Haoxi conducted research on gummy stem blight, but also found time to enjoy the southern culture. His hard work paid off, as he was honored with an Outstanding TA Award in 2014. He was also awarded two APS Student Travel Awards, the Efrat Gamiel-Atinsky Student Travel Award (named in honor of the late Efrat Gamiel-Atinsky, a former postdoc in Dr. Harald Scherm’s lab) in 2014 and the Donald E. Munnecke Student Travel Award in 2016. Haoxi was selected to represent the UGA Plant Pathology graduate students at the Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina annual meeting. And he served as the President of the Plant Pathology graduate student organization, the Society of Aspiring Plant Pathologists (SAPPs) in 2016.

When asked for his best memories of his time at UGA, Haoxi quickly responded that those would be his fellow graduate students. He also admitted that he was going to miss the low-country boil and green beans.

As Haoxi closes this chapter of his graduate journey, we wish him the best and look forward to seeing what he does in his next chapter of life. His future plans include returning back to China to seek a faculty position in the area of Plant Pathology.

Congratulations, Haoxi!