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Karen Ambrose

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Plant Biology Molecular Biology
Advisor: Faith Belanger
Email: kambrose@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6388
Office/Lab Location: 304B Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plant genetics, Molecular evolution; Bioinformatics; Comparative genomics

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Isabel Armas Gutierrez

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track:
Advisor: Ilya Raskin
Email: isabelargu@gmail.com
Phone Number: 848-932-6290 or 848-932-6266
Office/Lab Location: 273 Foran Hall/226 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plant Biotechnology

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Jessica Baculis

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Stacy Bonos
Email: jbaculis@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6290
Office/Lab Location: 273 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plant Breeding, Bioenergy, and Plant Pathology

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Debaleena Basu

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Plant Biology Molecular Biology
Advisor: Nilgun Tumer
Email: debaleena.basu@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6355 or 848-932-6356
Office/Lab Location: 208 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Toxins

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Gregory Behringer

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Pathology
Advisor: Donald Kobayashi
Email: gregbehr@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6306 or 848-932-6392
Office/Lab Location: 337 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Bacterial Plant Pathogens, Comparative Prokaryotic Genomics and Disease Modelling

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Lisa Beirn

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: Bruce Clarke
Email: lbeirn@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6312 or 848-932-6313
Office/Lab Location: 373 Foran Hall/ 371 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Turfgrass Pathology, Disease Diagnostics, Fungal Taxonomy, Fungal Populations

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Massimo Bosacchi

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Advisor: Pal Maliga
Email: massimo.bosacchi@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-3198
Office/Lab Location: Room 2008, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Transformation Technologies

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Patrick Burgess

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Bingru Huang
Email: pburgess@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6303 or 848-932-6391
Office/Lab Location: 301A Foran Hall/ 301 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plant Physiology; Turfgrass stress physiology

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David Byrnes

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Advisor: James Simon
Email: rohanbyrnes@gmail.com
Phone Number: 848-932-6244
Office/Lab Location: 378 Foran Hall/ 392 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Crop Improvement, international development, suppy/value chain, post-harvest procedures, new use applications, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, economics.
Tentative Thesis Title: Selection of Vegetable Amaranth for High Yield, Multiple Harvests, High Nutrition and Minimal Antinutritive Components

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Martin Calvino-Torterolo

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Molecular Biology
Advisor: Joachim Messing
Email: mcalvino@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-3801
Office/Lab Location: Room 3004, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Genetic regulation of flowering time and sugar content in sweet sorghum, a biofuel crop. The contribution of microRNAs to the flowering time and sugar content differences between grain and sweet sorghum. Biofuel traits, microRNAs and genomics assisted breeding

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John Capik

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Thomas Molnar
Email: capik@aesop.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-9639
Lab Location: Hort Farm I
Research Interests: Hazelnut breeding, finding novel sources of eastern filbert blight (anisogramma anomala) resistance in order to grow plants in the northeast. Observing and recording the phenology of clonal European hazelnuts and how they respond in New Jersey.

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Chia-Hui Chen

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Advisor: Eric Lam
Email: microchia@gmail.com
Phone Number: 848-932-6279
Office/Lab Location: 278 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Molecular & Cellular Biology

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Hui Chen

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track:
Advisor: James Murphy
Email: hc508@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6264
Office/Lab Location: 173 Foran Hall/ 169 Foran Hall
Research Interests:

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Qiang Chen

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track:
Advisor: James White
Email: qc32@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6264 or 848-932-6315
Office/Lab Location: 173 Foran Hall/ 375 Foran Hall
Research Interests:

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Liang Cheng

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Ning Zhang
Email: Liang.cheng@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6312
Office: 373 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Searching Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria and Fungi (PGPM) and studing their mechanisms of increasing drought tolerance in turfgrass.

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Philomena Chu

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Advisor: Eric Lam
Email: pchu@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6237 or 848-932-6273
Office/Lab Location:178 Foran Hall/ 216 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Renewable sustainable biofuels

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Laura Cortese

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Stacy Bonos
Email: lauracor@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6290 or 848-932-6281
Office/Lab Location: 273 Foran Hall/ 281 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plant breeding, bioenergy feedstocks

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James Cross

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: William Meyer
Email: jwcrosss@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6264
Office/Lab Location: 173 Foran Hall
Research Interests:

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Nelson Garcia

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology/Genomics
Advisor: Joachim Messing
Email: ngarcia@waksman.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-6449
Office/Lab Location: Room 3004, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Genomics and gene expression of cereal seed protein genes

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Brittany Graf

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Organismal & Population Biology
Advisor: Ilya Raskin
Email: britgraf@Eden.Rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6264 or 848-932-6348
Office/Lab Location: 226 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Cost-effective extraction and bioassay of phytoecdysteroids from quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) for potential medicinal application; empowering R&D of botanical therapeutics in developing nations as training leader for Global Institute for BioExploration (GIBEX - www.gibex.org).

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Rocky Graziose

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Plant Systematics
Advisor: Ilya Raskin
Email: rgraz@Eden.Rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6342
Office/Lab Location:228 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plants and human health in a broad context.. Research is focused on the isolation and identification of chemical compounds from plants and anti parasitic activity.

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Csanad Gurdon

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology/Genomics
Advisor: Pal Magila
Email: gurdon@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-5080
Office/Lab Location: Room 2007, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Genetics of plastid inheritance

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James Hempling

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Bruce Clarke
Email: jameshempfling@gmail.com
Phone Number: 848-932-6327 or 848-932-6313
Office/Lab Location: 178 Foran Hall/ 371 Foran Hall
Research Interests: To examine how cultural management practices such as sand topdressing, aeration and vertical cutting affect anthracnose severity on annual bluegrass putting greens.

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Kathryn Homa

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: James E. Simon
Email: homa@aesop.rutgers.edu
Phone Number :848-932-6241
Office/Lab Location: SEBS-IR4
Research Interests: Basil Downy Mildew

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Richard Hung

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: Joan Bennett
Email: ricohung@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6235
Office/Lab Location: 297 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Fungal Volatiles and their effects on plants

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Ivelisse Irizarry

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: James White
Email: iveliz@Eden.Rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6312
Office/Lab Location: 373 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Fungal and bacterial endophytes

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April Jackson

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Jason Grabosky
Email: wjackson@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6329
Office/Lab Location: 163 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Tree physiology, climate change

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David Jesperson

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Bingru Huang
Email: djesper@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6312 or 848-932-6391
Office/Lab Location: 373 Foran Hall/ 301 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Turf grass stress physiology

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Eric Koch

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track:
Advisor: Stacy Bonos
Email: erickoch@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6264
Office/Lab Location: 173 Foran Hall
Research Interests:

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Clayton Leadbetter

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Thomas Molnar
Email: cwleadbetter@aesop.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 732-932-8451
Office/Lab Location: Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ
Research Interests: Tree and Ornamental Plant Breeding

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Samantha Lee

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: Joan Bennett
Email: Samantha.Lee@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6329
Office/Lab Location: 163 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Fungal volatile organic compounds and effects on plant health.

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Dongmeng Li

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Molecular and Cellular Biology/Genomics
Advisor: Juan Dong
Email: dl523@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-6294
Office/Lab Location: Room 1001B, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Arabidopsis stomatal development and patterning

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Stephen Miller

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Organismal and Population Biology
Advisor: Ning Zhang
Email: smiller8@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6290
Office/Lab Location: 273 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Fungal Endophyte Ecology particularly in Dogwood trees. Fungal pathogen Discula destructiva genome dequence

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Shannon Morath

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: Joan Bennett
Email: smorath@Eden.Rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6375
Office/Lab Location: 387 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Fungal genetics, biofuels, fungal volailes

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Megan Muehlbauer

Degree Sought:Ph.D
Track: Horticulture
Advisor: Thomas Molnar
Email: meganmu@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6329
Office/Lab Location: 163 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plant breeding

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Robert Pyne

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Horticulture and Plant Technology
Advisor: James E. Simon
Email: rpyne@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6244
Office/Lab Location: 392 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Plant genetics, genomics, crop improvement and natural products

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William Reichert

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Plant Breeding and Genomics
Advisor: James E. Simon
Email: willreic@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6723
Office/Lab Location: 392 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Increasing the essential oil yield in Nepeta cataria (catnip) and improving the nepetalactone concentration.

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Patricio Rojas

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Molecular & Cellular Bilogy/Genomics
Advisor: Ilya Raskin
Email: patricio@Eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6342
Office/Lab Location: 228 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Pharmacognosy, Ethnobotany, Infectious and Parasitic diseases, Metobolic disorders and Herbal Medicine

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Priti Saxena

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Horticulture and Plant Technology
Advisor: William Meyer
Email: psaxena@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6264
Office/Lab Location: 173 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Turfgrass breeding

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Lisa Schlitt

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: Thomas Gianfagna
Email: lschlitt@Eden.Rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6327
Office/Lab Location:178 Foran Hall
Research Interests: "dollar spot infection in creeping bentgrasses"

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Charles Schmid

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Bruce Clark
Co-Advisor: James Murphy
Email: cschmid@Eden.Rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6312
Office/Lab Location:373 Foran Hall/ 169 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Anthracnose of poa annua turf

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Wanchen Shao

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Molecular Biology
Advisor: Juan Dong
Email: wanchen.shao@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-6471
Office/Lab Location: Room 1011, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Mechanisms of asymmetric cell division

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Donald Walker

Degree Sought:Ph.D
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: James White
Email: dowalker@Eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6312
Office/Lab Location:201 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Evolutionary biology of plant pathogenic fungi in the famil Gnomoniaceae (Diaporthales)

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Ruying Wang

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Horticulture and Plant Technology
Advisor: Bruce Clarke
Email: rw298@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6327
Office/Lab Location:178 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Turfgrass pathology and cultural management

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Wenqin Wang

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Molecular and Cellular Biology/Genomics
Advisor: Joachim Messing
Email: wenqin@waksman.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-2307
Office/Lab Location: Room 2004, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Sequencing, assembling, and bioinformatical analyzing plant genomics, inculding plastid, mitochondrial and nuclear. Topics about barcoding plant species by molecular markers and using starch as biofuel in plants.

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Yifei Wang

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Advisor: Nicholi Vorsa
Email: yifei@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6375
Office/Lab Location: 387 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Composition of cranberry flavonoids and their bioactivity toward animal's endocrine system.

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Qing Yin

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: Nilgun Tumer
Email: qingyan@eden.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-6356
Office/Lab Location: 208 Foran Hall
Research Interests: Intracullular trafficking of ricin A chain (RTA) in the multiple organisms, including Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Caenorhabditis elegans.

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Anna Lind Zdepski

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology/Genomics
Advisor:Joachim Messing
Email: zdepski@waksman.rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-445-6448
Office/Lab Location: Dr. Messing's Lab, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Conducing research in molecular genetics of the diploid strawberry, Fragaria vesca I am developing tools in Python, R, and UNIX to identify SNP markers from next generation dequencing data of her F. vesca mapping population. Thesis research includes creating a genetic map and cloining two genes in diploid strawberry.

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Recent Alumni


Cody Cobb

Degree Awarded: MS
Degree Year: January 2012
Advisor:Pal Maliga
Thesis Title: Ectopic Expression of Mutant ChlI allele Confers Semidominat pale-green Phenotype in Tobacco.
Placement Upon Graduation: Applying to Medical School

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Debora Esposito

Degree Awarded: Ph.D
Degree Year: January 2012
Advisor: Ilya Raskin
Thesis Title: Pharmacological Characterization of Brassinosteroids For Anabolic and Cosmetic Applications.
Placement Upon Graduation: Postdoctoral Scientist, Rutgers University

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Alexandra Fowler

Degree Awarded: MS
Degree Year: January 2011
Advisor: JeanMarie Hartman
Thesis Title: Impact of Initial Starting Conditions and Seed Bank on Woody Vegetation During Early Old Field Succession on the New Jersey Piedmont
Placement Upon Graduation: Fort Irwin, pre and post-construction surveys, and surveying for a variety of animals as will as desert spring quality monitoring.

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Joshua Honig

Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Degree Year: January 2011
Advisor: William Meyer
Thesis Title: The Use of Molecular Genetics Tools to Complement a Traditional Field Based Turfgrass Breeding Program.
Placement Upon Graduation: Rutgers University, Research Associate

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Matthew Koch

Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Degree Year: May 2012
Advisor: Stacy Bonos
Thesis Title: Breeding Cool-Season Turfgrasses for Increased Salinity Tolerance
Placement Upon Graduation: Scotts Company, Ohio

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Chongyuan Luo

Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Degree Year: May 2012
Advisor: Eric Lam
Thesis Title: Functional Analysis of the Arabidopsis Epigenome Through Intergrating Genome-wide Profiles and Cell-Type-Specific Approaches
Placement Upon Graduation: Postdoctoral scientist at Salk Institute, San Diego, CA

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Emily Merewitz

Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Degree Year: May 2012
Advisor: Bingru Huang
Thesis Title: Physiological, Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Drought Tolerance in Agrostis Species
Placement Upon Graduation: Assistant Professor - turfgrass molecular physiologist in the Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences department at Michigan State University.

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Mihai Miclaus

Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Degree Year: October 2011
Advisor: Joachim Messing
Thesis Title: Regulation of Gene Expression During Maize Endosperm Development
Placement Upon Graduation: Senior Researcher, Institute of Biological Research Cluj-Napaco, Romania

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John Peter Munafo

Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Degree Year: May 2011
Advisor: Thomas Gianfagna
Thesis Title: Natural Products Chemistry of Lilium Longiflorum: Structural Elucidation, Quantification, Biological Activity and Fungal Metabolism of Steroidal Glycosides
Placement Upon Graduation: Senior Research Scientist-Flavor Chemistry, Mars Chocolate NA, Hackettstown, NJ and visiting scientitst at Rutgers.

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Ari Novy

Degree Awarded: Ph.D
Degree Year: May 2012
Advisor: JeanMarie Hartman
Thesis Title: Evolutionary and Demographic Processes in the Invasive Weed Microstegium vimineum
Placement Upon Graduation: Public Programs Manager, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.

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Mary Provance-Bowley

Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Degree Year: May 2011
Adviso : Joseph Heckman
Thesis Title: Crop Response to Silicon Supplements in New Jersey
Placement Upon Graduation: Coordinator of Research and Development-Agriculture & Turf for Harsco Minerals, Sarver, PA

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David Pu

Degree Awarded: MS
Degree Year: May 2012
Advisor: Joan Bennett
Thesis Title: Genome-Wide Screening and Physiological Responses of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to the Volatile Organic Compound 1-octen-3-ol

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Nimmi Rajmohan

Degree Awarded: Ph.D
Degree Year: May 2012
Advisor: Thomas Gianfagna
Thesis Title: Fusarium Diversity and the Role of Endophytic Fusarium and bacteria on Disease Resistance in Lilium longiflorum
Placement Upon Graduation: Postdoctoral scientist, Rutgers University

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Hemi Sangani

Degree Awarded: MS
Degree Year: January 2011
Advisor: James White
Thesis Title: The Role of Bt Corn on Reducing the Amount of Fumonisin Produced and its Economic and Health Benefits to the Small Farmers of South Africa

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Gregory Thyssen

Degree Awarded: Ph.D
Degree Year: May 2012
Advisor: Pal Maliga
Thesis Title: Nicotiana sylvestris, a Model Plant for Cell Biology: Organelle Movement and Retrotransposon Mutagensis.
Placement Upon Graduation: Postdoctoral Scientist at USDA in New Orleans, LA.

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Katelyn A. Venner

Degree Awarded: MS
Degree Year: Oct 2011
Advisor: Stephen Hart
Thesis Title: Use of Mesotrione for Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua L.) Control at Cool-Season Turfgrass Establishment
Placement Upon Graduation: Virgina Tech for Ph.D

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