Current Lab Members

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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.

Contact Information

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology
Purdue University
915 W State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Tel: 765-494-1515
Fax: 765.494.0363
Email: cd-cruz@purdue.edu

Dr. Carlos Gongora-Canul

Dr. Carlos Gongora-Canul

His research focuses on plant disease epidemiology in corn and wheat by using quantitative epidemiology, plant-sensing technology and digital plant phenomics. His Research explores the use of emerging technologies including high-throughput phenotyping to detect, quantify, and predict plant diseases.

Contact Information

Post Doc Research Associate
Department of Botany & Plant Pathology
Purdue University
915 W State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Email: cgongora@purdue.edu

Andres

Andres Cruz

Andres is the Laboratory Technician for Dr. Cruz’s lab. His work focuses in setting up, operating, and maintaining the lab equipment. He tests, monitors, and keeps detailed logs of the experiments as well as supporting researchers with their work. Andres is a certified UAV flight operator and is in charge of conducting flights, maintaining equipment and data logging. He also is in charge of producing media for manuscripts, website, and presentation publications for the lab.

Contact Information

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology
Purdue University
915 W State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Tel: 765-494-8311
Email: acruzsan@purdue.edu

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Mariela Fernandez

Her research focuses on epidemiological and plant disease phenotyping studies of M. oryzae Triticum (MoT), causal agent of the wheat blast disease. Her goal is to develop accurate and precise methods for wheat blast symptom detection using optical sensors, image processing and digital phenotypics. She is interested in developing this technology for high throughput phenotyping purposes.

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MsC. Student
Department of Botany & Plant Pathology
Purdue University
915 W State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Email: ferna129@purdue.edu

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Da-Young Lee

Her research projects involve the use of sensor technologies to describe the temporal and spatial distribution of tar spot in corn fields. She also is involved in collaborative projects gearing towards development of automated plant disease detection algorithms.

Contact Information

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Purdue University
915 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Email: lee3467@purdue.edu