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Current people in the Fry lab:
















Kevin Myers

Kevin Myers, Technician III

My primary responsibilities include general lab maintenance and support for researchers and students in our lab. I am currently helping Guohong with his studies of viral-based dsRNA in Phytophthora infestans.


Guohong Cai

Walid Nosir, Visiting Scientist

Walid Nosir is a visiting scientist from Egypt. He obtained his PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Aberdeen. Walid is mainly interested in plant-pathogen interactions in soilless culture systems. In the Fry lab Walid is investigating the effect of Trichoderma harzianum on Phytophthora infestans when infecting tomato plants. 

















Graduate Students

Giovanna Danies Turano

Giovanna Danies Turano

The primary goal of my research is to investigate the genetic structure of populations of P. infestans in the United States. Furthermore I am interested in elucidating the genetic basis for host specificity and sensitivity to Mefenoxam in populations of P. infestans.





Ian Small

I am interested in systems approaches to the management of plant diseases, integrating genetic, cultural, biological, and chemical control methods into practical strategies for effective, economical, safe, and sustainable disease management. My dissertation research focuses on the development of models and online tools to improve the efficiency of late blight management. I have been working on the development of an online decision support system for late blight management.



Sean Patev

My research focuses primarily on gene expression associated with P. infestans infection of tomato. I am interested in the variation in expression by identical strains when confronted with hosts of varying susceptibility. In parallel to this project, I am working to develop a reliable and practical small interfering RNA protocol for use in the P.infestans system, allowing knockdown of target genes and possibly functional analysis.


































Undergraduate Students

Kevin Myers


Iím an undergraduate Biological Sciences major in the Fry lab, graduating this year. Iíve done many different things while working in the lab, including the mating type determination of 44 isolates of Phytophthora infestans from Mexico, transferring active cultures into storage, and testing the sensitivity of the 2012 and 2013 isolates to the fungicide mefenoxam.

Guohong Cai


I'm an undergraduate in the Fry lab, Plant Science class of 2013. My work currently involves investigating a previously unknown phenomenon in Phytophthora infestans, involving rapid development of resistance to the fungicide, mefenoxam, in previously sensitive isolates.



















Graduate Student Alumni

Paola Zuluaga

Paola Zuluaga


Margot Becktell

Margot Becktell <>, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado

Hillary Mayton

Hilary Mayton <>, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Adele McLeod

Adele McLeod <>, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa