Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural Sciences
In her role as Associate Dean for Research, Leach provides strategic vision for research within the College, and works with faculty to build collaborative research teams.
University Distinguished Professor, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Research in the Leach group focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of plant disease susceptibility and resistance, with a particular interest in quantitative traits for susceptibility and resistance. Leach also studies how climate changes impact plant disease caused by microbial pathogens, primarily studying rice and interactions with bacterial pathogens, and how the Russian wheat aphid microbiome influences the insects’ aggressiveness to plants. Her group also develops molecular diagnostics for microbial pathogens.
Graduate Students Advised
- Stephen Cohen – PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology