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Mohammad Afiq Hafiy Mohammad Taufiq

Graduate Student – PhD

Plant Pathology – Huerta Lab

Varsity Research Building, Module 3

Area(s) of Expertise

Currently working on 2 projects related to understanding the role of prophage in bacterial fitness and using phage as a means to create better management strategies for bacterial diseases.

Afiq is a graduate student in the Huerta Lab and his research focus is on Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum (Xvv), causal agent of bacterial leaf streak (BLS) on corn. Specifically, he is investigating how prophage contribute to bacterial virulence and evolution. Outside of research, Afiq also aspires to inspire, educate, and lead youths from Malaysia to new heights in the biological sciences.

Afiq is an international student from Malaysia and has always been in awe with the unknown. While working on his Bachelor’s in Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, he enjoyed his coursework and laboratory research in Microbiology. He has experience working on human diseases diagnostics. His passion for plant pathology arose from working with Breanne Kisselstein on the grape powdery mildew pathosystem in the Gadoury Lab at Cornell University


B.S., Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences, Rochester Institute of Tech. (2018)