Post Docs

Name Email Office Phone
Brice, Kylie C-023 Plant Sciences (970) 491-7456
Corwin, Jason
Facey, Sarah C-023 Plant Sciences (970) 491-7456
Fulladolsa-Palma, Ana Cristina C-202 Plant Sciences
Huerta, Alejandra C-202 Plant Sciences
Lehner, Kevin C-029 Plant Sciences
Martin, Federico C-029 Plant Sciences
 McNally, Ryan C-202 Plant Sciences (937) 475-7911
 Price, Nicholas C-029 Plant Sciences (970) 491-0259
 Mittapelly, Priyanka
 Trivedi, Chanda
 Zeng, Yuan San Luis Valley – RC

Kylie Brice

Kylie Brice

I am a molecular biologist with interests in the gut microbiome, and how the differences in community composition and function can be used to assist management and conservation of endangered species. My PhD investigated how diet impacts microbial community composition of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) gut microbiome, across two geographically separated koala populations from the east coast of Australia. My undergraduate honours studies focused on the development of marsupial immune cells in the fat-tailed dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata). Here at CSU, I am working as part of a multidisciplinary team to understand and better manage the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) – the vector of the economically devastating citrus greening disease (huanglongbing) – in commercial citrus groves.



Ana Cristina Fulladolsa-Palma

Once a Badger, now a Ram; plants and viruses are my jam. I am originally from Guatemala and it was among its majestic volcanoes and their colorful surroundings that I discovered my passion for the application of science for the improvement of crop production around the world. I work on detection, epidemiology, and management of necrotic viruses of potato. Through my research, I seek to aid potato farmers in understanding viral diseases in their crop and improve the tools they use to manage them.

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Sarah Facey

I am an Entomologist with broad interests in community and global change ecology. My PhD looked at the effects of climatic and atmospheric change on invertebrate communities in Sydney, Australia. My undergraduate and Masters studies in my native England focused on insect ecology (predominantly Lepidoptera), including phenological responses to warming and population responses to agricultural land management practices. Here at CSU, I am working as part of a multidisciplinary team to understand and better manage the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) – the vector of the economically devastating citrus greening disease (huanglongbing) – in commercial citrus groves.


Jason Corwin

I am a quantitative geneticist and systems biologist interested in plant-microbe interactions. My previous work during my PHD has focused on plant genetic control of central and specialized metabolism as well as the importance of genetic variation in the plant host and fungal necrotrophic pathogen in quantitative resistance. My undergraduate and Master’s work explored the use of biotechnology for restoration of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) to the eastern forests of North America after the introduction of the devastating chestnut blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica). At CSU, I am working to understand on how plant intra-specific variation shapes host-associated microbiomes and how plant hosts can shape the microbial communities that inhabit them.


Priyanka Mittapelly

I’m an Entomologist and molecular biologist with research interests in plant-insect and insect-microbe interactions. I received my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University supervised by Dr. Andy Michel. My work at Ohio State focused on ‘Molecular interactions of brown marmorated stink bug with its bacterial endosymbiont and their role in nutrient-provisioning’. My current work at CSU with Dr. Punya Nachappa will focus on understanding the mechanisms underlying insect-vector and plant-insect interactions and ways to manage plant pests and associated diseases.



Federico Martin

I’m a native from Santa Fe, Argentina and my educational background include an B.S. from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. My main area of interest is plant molecular biology and cell development focusing mostly in cereal crops. Currently, I’m working on an NSF funded project aimed to improve rice disease resistance response utilizing genome editing technology to analyze transcriptional activation of disease resistance QTLs.


Ryan McNally

I am a plant bacteriologist interested in the evolution, biology and management of emerging plant disease threats. My current focus includes both applied and basic research concerning invasive and re-emerging pathogens of potato in Colorado and the United States.


Yuan Zeng

I am originally from China, and I came to U.S. for graduate school in Auburn University (Alabama) in Forestry, Entomology, and Statistics. I joined Dr. Amy Charkowski’s laboratory in Fall 2017 at Colorado State University, and my research in San Luis Valley Research Center focuses on improving detection and management of soil-borne potato pathogens, with an emphasis on Potato mop-top virus (PMTV), a virus causes necrosis of potato, and its vector Spongospora subterranea, the agent responsible for powdery scab on potato tubers in order to aid local farmers in understanding soil-borne potato pathogens and improving management strategies.

Kevin Lehner

I am a postdoc in John McKay’s lab. I study the complex interactions between genetics and environment in corn and sorghum. My goal is to identify genes that promote stable crop yields under drought stress. Originally from the hot and humid southeast, I am a proud graduate of Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. I received my PhD in Genetics and Genomics from Duke University in 2018.

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