About Dr. Christian Cruz

Dr. Cruz is an Assistant Professor, and his interdisciplinary research focuses on the integration of fungal biology, ecology, and epidemiology for plant disease management. His specialties include plant pathology, crop protection, risk assessment, disease resistance, ecology, epidemiology, phenomics, and remote sensing applications.


Ph.D., 2013 – Kansas State University, Plant Pathology

M.Sc., 2008 – Kansas State University, Plant Pathology

B.Sc., 2002 – Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural University

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, 2018-Present – Purdue University

Research Assistant Professor, 2016-2017 – Kansas State University

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2013-2015 – Kansas State University

Liaison Coordinator (Wheat Blast Project, South America), 2011-Present

Technical Sales Representative (Agro-chemical), 2002-2005 – Corporación Custer

Professional Societies and Working Groups

American Phytopathological Society (APS), 2007-present

APS Spectroscopy Working Group, 2018-present

APS Epidemiology Committee, 2017-present

APS Emerging Diseases and Pathogens Committee, 2018-present

CIMMYT International Wheat Improvement Network, 2017-present

North American Plant Phenotyping Network, 2017-present

Wheat Blast Research Group, 2009-present

APS Tropical Plant Pathology Committee, 2008

Courses taught at Purdue University

BTNY 535, Plant Disease Management, three-credit-hour course. An introduction to the study of the dynamics of plant diseases, and the epidemiological basis of disease management strategies. Plant Disease Management is an upper-level course and intended for students who have an interest in plant pathology, agronomy, or closely related areas. Each topic will be covered on a lecture/discussion format.

Course goal: Understand how plant disease epidemics occur and how they are monitored and managed.

Course outcome: Explain how epidemiology is used to evaluate plant disease management options.

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