Active Research Projects

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) and related orthotospoviruses:

Characterizing the biology of resistance-breaking tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV)

New sources of durable, broad-spectrum resistance for tomato spotted wilt virus and related orthotospoviruses

Molecular biology of the TSWV Gn protein and interactions with thrips

Discovering the determinants of thrips competence to transmit TSWV


Plant rhabdoviruses:

Plant rhabdovirus infectious clones for understanding fundamental biology of interactions with plant and insect hosts and as a tool for crop improvement

Transmission of plant rhabdoviruses and characterization of vector proteins that modulate virus infection


Emerging Plant Diseases:

Plant Aid: A GRIP4PSI Big-Data Project to Detect Plant Diseases Faster