Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Tobacco black shank is one of the most devastating diseases in tobacco caused by Phytophthora nicotianae. Isolates of P. nicotianae have been observed to become more and more aggressive after being exposed to tobacco varieties with partial resistance, both experimentally and empirically. The overall goal of my research is to understand how P. nicotianae adapts to partial resistance in tobacco using both phenotypic and molecular approaches. Ultimately, I hope my research will help develop better resistance deployment strategy and thus increase the durability of partial resistance.