Chakradhar leads the Berry and Potato Pathology (BPP) program. He conducts research and extension activities addressing the biology and management of diseases of highbush blueberry and potato crops.

Technical Staff

Babette is the winner of the WSU President’s Employee Excellent Award in 2002. She is actively involved in field, greenhouse, and laboratory research projects on a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

Cristina is originally from Quito, Ecuador. She studied plant biotechnology at The University of Queensland and completed a master’s degree in crop science at Washington State University. Her studies have focused on quinoa, in topics related to plant pathology, compatibility with speed-breeding and screening of preharvest sprouting resistance. She wishes to contribute to the improvement of our food systems at the social and ecological levels. In her spare time, she is a co-host for the illuminata podcast. 

Current Students

Roshani hails from the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from Tribhuvan University’s Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science. Her interest in plant pathology developed while working with local farmers in Nepal. After graduation, she undertook a small-scale seasonal marigold farming venture, where she faced issues with plant pests and pathogens that led her to choose disease management as the focus of her graduate studies.

Purnima completed B.Sc. in Agriculture from The Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal. She also worked as an agriculture intern under the Government of Nepal and Nepal Agriculture Research Council during her undergraduate program. After graduation, she worked as the Outreach and Capacity Building Officer at DV Excellus Private Limited in Nepal, providing technical support to farmers.

Mary obtained a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in agriculture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her master’s research involved surveying and managing soilborne pathogens of strawberry. Seeing the ability of plant pathology research to provide practical solutions for growers, Mary sought to continue her plant pathology training at WSU.

Field Staff

Adam helps with lab and field projects in the BPP program. Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia and currently residing in Bellingham, Adam made the move from the east coast after graduating with a B.S. in Geology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. During the winter months he can typically be found exploring the Cascades on skis and honing his skills as an amateur photographer. He also enjoys hiking, biking, and sea kayaking when there’s no snow in the mountains and has recently been experimenting with brewing fruit wines.

Former Lab Members

  • Dayna Loeffler – Agricultural Research Technician II (Nov 2021 – May 2023)
  • Alec Blume – M.S. in Agriculture (Summer 2022)
    Project title: Impact of soil fumigants on potato microbial communities