Christian Cruz is an Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology. His research program aims at developing effective management strategies for crop diseases. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the integration of fungal ecology, epidemiology, and host resistance for plant disease management. He is also interested in using advanced sensors to describe the epidemiology of plant diseases.
Before joining Purdue, Christian worked as a Research Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. Christian is a world-renowned expert on wheat blast, a devastating fungal disease that has become a threat to global wheat production. He previously worked in the crop protection industry in his native Ecuador.
Christian received his doctorate and master’s degrees in plant pathology from Kansas State University and The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the Pan-American Agricultural University, Zamorano.