Principal Investigator: Jaime F. Willbur, Ph.D.
B.S. Chemical Biology, Lawrence Technological University
Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Dr. Willbur is a native Michigander, originally from Battle Creek, MI. She attended Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI where she received her B.S. in Chemical Biology. She discovered her passion for plant pathology through a USDA-ARS internship and continued on to pursue a Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research and extension experiences in epidemiological modeling, pathogen monitoring and characterization, breeding efforts, and pesticide evaluations have helped her further develop the Potato and Sugar Beet Pathology program here at Michigan State University.
Research Assistant II, Field Coordinator:Chris Bloomingdale
B.S. Environmental Biology, Chemistry Minor, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
M.S. Entomology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Chris joined the Willbur lab in the spring of 2018. His job responsibilities include managing the potato and sugar beet pathology field program, as well as data collection, analysis, and reporting. Chris’s applied research experiences in the areas of entomology, plant pathology, and agronomy make him a fundamental member of our program.