Melania Figueroa

Melania FigueroaDr. Figueroa's research is directed to elucidate molecular and genetic mechanisms that dictate the outcomes of plant-microbe interactions.She investigates pathogenicity mechanisms in fungi that pose a threat to important staple crops such as wheat, barley, oats, rice and corn. Her goal is to advance our understanding of pathways underlying host status, and the complex pathogen adaptations that facilitate infection.  She is also interested in developing outreach activities to engage young students and help them learn the applications of molecular biology and genetics to agriculture and food safety. 

Keywords

Disease Resistance
Pathogen
Molecular interaction