Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 12:20pm
Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, Cornell University
Mariko Alexander is a graduate student in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. She has won numerous awards, most recently the USDA-NIFA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in December 2017.
I am broadly interested in the complex molecular interactions between agricultural pathogens and their hosts, and in application of this knowledge to create environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for crop disease. My current research centers on host-virus protein interactions that occur during infection of plants with viruses in the family Luteoviridae. I am particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying restriction of these viruses to phloem tissue, which is believed to be an adaptation facilitating transmission by sap-feeding aphids.