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Graduate Student Poster

Competition
(1) Lin Jin, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Direct and indirect targeting of subcomponent-specific phosphatase complexes by redundant bacterial type III effector
proteins.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: David Mackey.
(2) Stephanie A. Diamond, Food Science and Technology, “Behavior of raspberry
ketone in processing and in high-fat fed mice.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Yael Vodovotz.
(3) Chelsea A. Smith, Entomology, “Bringing the hop yards back: A feasibility study
and demonstration and training program for Ohio.”
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(4) Kayla I. Perry, Entomology, “Effects of forest disturbance on ground-dwelling
invertebrate dispersal.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Daniel A. Herms.
(5) Jingxin Guo, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Degradation kinetics
of pH responsive alginate-pectin smart hydrogel for controlled anthocyanins delivery.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Gönül Kaletunç.
(6) Fei Lao, Food Science and Technology, “Quantification of purple corn (Zea
mays L.) cob anthocyanins using spectrophotometric and HPLC methods.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: M. Monica Giusti.
(7) Lulu Shao, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Comparative in vivo and
in vitro studies of porcine rotavirus G9P[13] and human rotavirus Wa (G1P[8]) in
gnotobiotic pigs.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Linda J. Saif.
(8) J. Lauren Slutzky, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Analysis of
natural rubber latex thin films.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(9) Leigha Morrison, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, “The
exploration of social media as a media relations tool for agricultural organizations.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Emily Buck.

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(10) Jessica L. Cooperstone, Food Science and Technology, “Tomato carotenoids
protect against UV-induced cutaneous damage and tumor development in SKH-1
hairless mice.”
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Steven Schwartz.
(11) Andrea R. Kautz, Entomology, “Long-legged fly (Diptera: Dolichopodidae)
communities in Ohio agroecosystems and assessing their role as biological control
agents in vegetable crops.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(12) Sarah Jane Rose, Environment and Natural Resources, “Short-term impacts on
the spider community (order: Araneae) from a prescribed burn in a small Ohio prairie.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Charles Goebel.
(13) Carlos J. Esquivel, Entomology, “Physiological and biochemical assays confirm a
functional transition in the Malpighian tubules after a blood meal in the invasive Asian
tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Peter Piermarini.
(14) Cindy S. Barrera, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Thermal analysis
of natural rubber reinforced with waste-derived bio-fillers.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(15) Erin M. O’Brien, Entomology, “Preserving ash regeneration and stable population
structure by protecting mature ash trees during the emerald ash borer invasion.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Daniel Herms.
(16) Basavaraj Binjawadagi, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Development of
PRRS virus-like-particles based vaccines and immunogenicity evaluation in pigs.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Renukaradhya Gourapura.
(17) Travis L. Calkins, Entomology, “Toxicological effects of gap junction inhibitors on
the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Peter Piermarini.
(18) Edna A. Alfaro, Entomology, “Evaluation of small molecules as insecticides for the
control of mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) and aphids (Aphis glycines).”
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Peter M. Piermarini.
(19) Kirk Bloir, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, “Employeesupervisor relationship quality and employee readiness for change.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Scott Scheer.
(20) Jedediah H. Stinner, Environmental Science Graduate Program, “Effects of
agroecosystem management on phosphorus and nitrogen loss from agricultural fields
in Ohio.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Richard H. Moore.

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(21) Zinan (Lily) Luo, Horticulture and Crop Science, “High throughput detection of
rubber content in Taraxacum kok-saghyz germplasm and SNP marker validation for
marker-assisted selection.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(22) Douglas B. Sponsler, Entomology, “Honey bee success predicted by landscape
composition in Ohio, USA.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Reed Johnson.
(23) Yin Chen, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Response of grafted glyphosateresistant and conventional soybean plants to glyphosate.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Douglas Doohan.
(24) Xiaofeng Zhuang, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Development of EST-derived
single nucleotide polymorphism markers using RNA-seq in Taraxacum kok-saghyz.”
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(25) Lu Zhao, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Determination of inulin-type
oligosaccharides in Taraxacum kok-saghyz roots.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish and Joshua Blakeslee.
(26) Brian Raison, Agriculture Extension Education, “Will hospitals adopt local foods?
Findings from an Ohio hospital foodservice director study.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Scott Scheer.
(27) Yingxiao Zhang, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Rapid and hormone-free
Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation in rubber producing dandelions
Taraxacum kok-saghyz and T. brevicorniculatum.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish and Joshua J. Blakeslee.
(28) MaLisa R. Spring, Entomology, “Can rain garden implementation support multiple
ecosystem services in Cleveland, OH?”
Category: MS. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(29) Jon Bossley, Environmental Science Graduate Program, “Developing an index
of student-induced disturbance: Measuring the environmental impact of outdoor
education stream study classes.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Susan Fisher.
(30) Yun Lin, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Characterization and efficacy
assessment of burdock extracts on burdock wound-associated pathogens.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Joshua Blakeslee.
(31) Santosh Dhakal, Food Science and Technology, “Study on high pressure and
temperature effects on ascorbic acid present in pineapple juice.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: V.M. Balasubramaniam.

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(32) Muhammad Akbar Abdul Ghaffar, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Histological
study of laticifer and rubber particle ontogeny in Taraxacum kok-saghyz roots.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(33) Rodney T. Richardson, Entomology, “Rank-based inference of pollen type
abundance using a multi-locus metabarcoding approach.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Reed Johnson.
(34) Nicole Hoekstra, Entomology, “Biodiversity beyond parks: Do urban vacant lots
hold promise for conservation and restoration?”
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(35) Chidozie V. Agu, Animal Sciences, “Bioabatement to remove microbial inhibitors
from Miscanthus giganteus hydrolysates for enhanced butanol fermentation.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Thaddeus Ezeji.
(36) Emmanuel M. Mgonja, Plant Pathology, “Molecular analysis of host resistance
and pathogenicity of rice blast in East Africa.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Guo-Liang Wang.
(37) Suzanna Windon, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership,
“Gender differences in farmers’ satisfaction with quality of life, health, leisure, and
work.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Gary Straquadine.
(38) Nawa Raj Baral, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Technoeconomic analysis of ionic liquid pretreatment of corn stover for biofuel production.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Ajay Shah.
(39) Mohsen Mohseni-Moghadam, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Weed control and
tolerance of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to Fomesafen.”
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Douglas Doohan.
(40) Priyanka Mittapelly, Entomology, “Developing RNA interference as a functional
tool in Halyomorpha halys, brown marmorated stinkbug.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Andy Michel.
(41) Yosra A. Helmy, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Cryptosporidiosis in
ruminant livestock and children: Epidemiological and molecular insights.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Gireesh Rajashekara.
(42) Mustafa Yesil, Food Science and Technology, “Efficacy of gaseous ozone and
bacteriophage treatments to inactive Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh produce.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Ahmed E. Yousef.

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(43) Ashley Yates, Entomology, “Expression of two putative effector genes in soybean
aphid biotypes.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Andy Michel.
(44) Alcinda L. (Cindy) Folck, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership,
“Connecting farmers and buyers: Case study of strategic communication campaigns
by certification programs.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Emily B. Buck.
(45) Revathi Shanmugasundaram, Animal Sciences, “Salmonella enterica serovar
Enteritidis modulate intestinal cell signaling responses that activate T regulatory cell
functions and mediates persistent infections in chickens.”
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Ramesh Selvaraj.
(46) Johnathon P. Sheets, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Effect
of limited air exposure and comparative performance between thermophilic and
mesophilic solid-state anaerobic digestion of switchgrass.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Yebo Li.
(47) Lisa R. Robbins, Horticulture and Crop Science, “The effects of hyperoxidation
and storage temperatures on the flavor profiles and sensory quality of Riesling wine.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Joseph Scheerens.
(48) Thomas Todaro, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Managing trunks in winterdamaged grapevines: Does size matter?”
Category: MS. Adviser: Imed Dami.
(49) Christopher C. Okonkwo, Animal Sciences, “Tolerance of Paenibacillus polymyxa
DSM 365 to levo-2,3-butanediol during fermentation.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Thaddeus Ezeji.
(50) Peipei Tang, Food Science and Technology, “Acylation of anthocyanin influences
its co-pigmentation with isoflavone.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Monica Giusti.
(51) Tsung-Ta David Hsu, Environmental Science Graduate Program, “Arcobacter in
urban wetland water: Characterization of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) patterns.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Jiyoung Lee.
(52) Carlos Coronado, Environment and Natural Resources, “Ohio’s forest products
economy: Total and per- unit contributions.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Stephen Matthews.
(53) Eun-Hyang Han, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Isolation and identification
of membrane-localized members of the rubber synthetase complex in guayule
(Parthenium argentatum).”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Joshua J. Blakeslee.

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(54) Shomaila Sikandar, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Exploiting
hydrolytic enzymes from Thermomyces langinosus for lignocellulosic biomass
saccharification and purification of Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TK) rubber.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(55) Santosh Dhakal, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, “Characterization of porcine
myeloid derived suppressor cells.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Gourapura Renukaradhya.
(56) Claudio M. Vrisman, Plant Pathology, “Real time imaging of cucurbit infection
with bioluminescent Erwinia tracheiphila.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Sally A. Miller.
(57) Stephanie M. Neal, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Defining the gutmammary-secretory IgA axis during porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) infection
in pigs.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Linda J. Saif.
(58) Brian Iaffaldano, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Hybridization between the
rubber-producing dandelion Taraxacum kok-saghyz and the common dandelion
(Taraxacum officinale).”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(59) Timothy Frey, Plant Pathology, “Manipulation of amino acid gradients reduces
root-knot nematode penetration of roots.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(60) Matthew E. Niezgoda, Food Science and Technology, “Analysis of gelling agents
for use in low pH, no sugar added, fruit based confections—A model confection
study.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Yael Vodovotz.
(61) Liu Yang, Entomology, “Effects of diapause on the excretory physiology of the
northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Peter M. Piermarini.
(62) Rachel Medina, Plant Pathology, “Examining the role of maize root exudates
influence on soybean cyst nematode hatching.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(63) Donald Gillis, Plant Pathology, “Assessment of Mitsuaria sp. H24L5A on plant
growth promotion activity in greenhouse and field experiments.’’
Category: MS. Adviser: Christopher Taylor.
(64) Griffin M. Bates, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Cold
temperature performance of guayule (Parthenium argentatum) natural rubber.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.

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(65) Krystel Navarro, Plant Pathology, “Examining the use of Harpin proteins for
control of plant-parasitic nematodes.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(66) Seungjun Lee, Environmental Science Graduate Program, “Arcobacter
internalization in fresh produce: An emerging food safety issue under frequent
extreme weather events.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Jiyoung Lee.
(67) Maninder Kaur Walia, Environment and Natural Resources, “Greenhouse gas
emissions as influenced by soil type, gypsum and crop residue.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Warren A. Dick.
(68) Juliana Vasco-Correa, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, “Enhanced
enzymatic digestibility of Miscanthus x giganteus by solid-state fungal pretreatment
without sterilization.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Yebo Li.
(69) Hacer Akpolat, Food Science and Technology, “The effect of pH and temperature
on cabbage volatiles and odors during storage.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Sheryl Barringer.
(70) Rebecca Kimmelfield, Plant Pathology, “The identification and characterization of
volatiles produced by Pseudomonas spp.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Chris Taylor.
(71) Estela Maris Inacio, Horticulture and Crop Science, “The effect of herbicide drift
from 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) on cotton (Gossipium hirsutum L.) and
soybean (Glycine max L.).”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Douglas J. Doohan.
(72) Therese Miller, Plant Pathology, “Survey of Ohio soybean cyst nematode
virulence.”
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(73) Wenshuang Xie, Plant Pathology, “Evaluation of a MYB transcription factor as a
visible marker for transgenic plant production.”
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Chris Taylor.
(74) Bizhen Hu, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Multiple measures reveal that preand post-grafting light levels influence the healing rate but not survival of grafted
tomato seedlings.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Matt Kleinhenz.
(75) Katie Linder, Horticulture and Crop Science, “The effect of soil cation balancing
on soil properties and weed communities in an organic rotation.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Doug Doohan.

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(76) Loïc Deblais, Plant Pathology, “Understanding Salmonella-tomato plant
host interactions and development of novel effective control strategies to reduce
Salmonella burden in tomato production.”
Category: PhD. Adviser: Gireesh Rajashekara.
(77) Chengsong Hu, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Response of six strawberry
cultivars to Terbacil.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Joshua Blakeslee.
(78) Huidong Huang, Food Science and Technology, “Saturated fat reduction in
processed cheese product with vegetable oleogel.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Farnaz Maleky.
(79) Hao Lin, Food Science and Technology, “Prediction of growth of Pseudomonas
fluorescens under temperature fluctuation.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Farnaz Maleky.
(80) Chun-Ming Lin, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Generation of
attenuated US PEDV vaccine candidates via continuous cell culture passages.”
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Quihong Wang.
(81) Huang-Chi Huang, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Colonization
dynamics and effect of human rotavirus infection on defined commensal microflora in
a gnotobiotic (Gn) pig model.”
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: G. Rajashekara.
(82) Xinsheng Liu, Food Animal Health Research Program, “Determination of the
infectious titer and virulence of US original porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV)
strain PC22A.”
Category: MS. Adviser: Quihong Wang.
(83) Sarah K. McNulty, Horticulture and Crop Science, “Seasonal effects of planting
density on plant survivability, root size, and rubber concentration and yield in Buckeye
Gold, Taraxacum kok-saghyz.”
Category: Research Assistant. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.

Selection committee: Dave Benfield (Ex-Officio), Reed Johnson (Chair), Luis Canas,
Feng Qu, Peter Ling, Gireesh Rajashekara, Kai Zhao, Farnaz Maleky, Steve Vickner,
Josh Bomser, Laura Lindsey, Gary Warren, Loren Harper

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