Graduate Student Programs

Graduate Studies Program

The Citrus Center is affiliated with the Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences in Kingsville and offers Masters degrees in Plant & Soil Science. There is also a cooperative PhD program with the Department of Horticultural Science at Texas A & M University in College Station.

 

The following areas of research are available for graduate students: Entomology, Plant Pathology, Breeding, Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology, Soil Science, Agricultural business, Agricultural Science, Nutriceuticals/Functional Foods. The research projects can form bridges between one or more of the disciplines, with close collaboration between departments and other research laboratories in Texas and elsewhere.

 

Ph.D. Program

 

Shima Chaudhury

 

 

Hometown: Mission, TX
Undergraduate degrees : BS, Meerut University, India; BEd., Kurukshetra, India
Master’s degrees : MS  Botany, Annamalai University, India; MS  Biology, University of Texas- Pan American, Edinburg
Research project : Studies on Phytophthora in Citrus
Supervisor : Dr Kevin Crosby3 (chair), Dr John da Graca (co-chair)
Current position :  Faculty, Biology Department, South Texas College, Weslaco TX  

 

Jose Luis Perez

Hometown: McAllen, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS in Biology, University of Texas Pan-American, Edinburg
Master’s degree : MS in Horticultural Sciences, Texas A & M University
Research project : Use of bitter melon against diabetes and food borne pathogens
Supervisors: Dr B. S. Patil, VFIC, Texas A & M University (chair), Dr Mani Skaria
Current position :  Chemist, USDA-ARS Center, College Station, TX


Will Cody

Hometown: San Marcos, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS, Bioenvironmental Science, Texas A&M University
Research project : Molecular responses of Citrus sinensis to industrially relevant citrus pathogens and mechanisms for establishing disease resistance
Supervisors: Dr Erik Mirkov2 (Chair), Dr John da Graça

 

 

 

Masters Program

 

Jay Alejandro

Hometown: Weslaco, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS in Plant & Soil Science, Texas A & M University-Kingsville
Research project : Asian citrus psyllid population influences in residential citrus.
Supervisors: Dr Mamoudou Setamou (chair), Dr John da Graca (co-chair)

 

 

 

 

Heidi Artega

Hometown: Mission, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS in Biology, University of Texas-Pan American
Research project: Trends in pesticide usage in Texas
Supervisors: Dr Mamoudou Setamou

 

 

 

 

Ana Olivares

 

Hometown: Mission, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS, Environmental Sciences, University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg TX
Research project : Effect of ground cover for citrus on microbial populations
Supervisor: Dr Veronica Ancona (Chair), Dr Shad Nelson (Co-Chair)

 

 

 

 

Mounica Nag Tammineedi

Hometown: Austin, TX
Undergraduate degree: : B. Biotechnol. Emg., SRM University, Chennai, India
Graduate Degree : MSc, University of Warwick, UK
Supervisor: Dr. Eliezer Louzada
Project: TBD

 

 

 

 

Perla Duberney

 

Hometown: Mission, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS in Biology, University of Texas-Pan American
Research project : Phytophthora and Fusarium studies in Citrus
Supervisor: Dr Veronica Ancona

 

 

 

 

 

Estephanie Bernal Jimenez

 

 

Hometown: Weslaco, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS in Biology, University of Texas-Pan American
Research project: Evaluation of colloid silver on survival of Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus
Supervisors: Dr Eliezer Louzada

 

 

 

 

Venkata Boyapati

Hometown: Ongole, India
Undergraduate degree: BS in Agriculture, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (India)
Research project :
Supervisors: Dr. Eliezer Louzada

 

 

 

 

Meena Gurung

Hometown : Chitwan, Nepal
Undergraduate degree: : BSc Agric. Sci., Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Research project : Project: Biocontrol of endemic citrus diseases using Trichoderma spp.
Supervisor : Dr. Veronica Ancona

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Perez

 

Hometown : Benton Harbor, MI
Undergraduate degree: BS Plant & Soil Science
Research project : To Be Decided
Supervisors : Dr. John da Graca

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Chavez

Hometown: Riverside, California
Undergraduate degree: BS in Biology, University of Texas-Pan American
Research project : Development of PCR tests to distinguish between live and dead bacteria
Supervisor: Dr Eliezer Louzada, Dr Madhu Kunta

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Saldana

 

Hometown: Weslaco, TX
Undergraduate degree: BS in Agricultural Science (Plant & Soil), Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Research project : Development of sustainable IPM for citrus barnacle scale
Supervisor: Dr Mamoudou Setamou, Dr Shad Nelson

 

 

 

 

Julian Gonzalez III

 

Hometown : Harlingen TX
Undergraduate degree: BS in Biology, University of Texas-Pan American
Research project : Impact of nutrient applications on Asian citrus psyllid populations and tree physiology
Supervisor : Dr Catherine Simpson, Dr Shad Nelson

 

 

 

 

Teresa Salazar

Hometown : Reynosa, Mexico
Undergraduate degree : B. Agroind. Eng., Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas
Research project : Effectiveness of various management strategies for the control of ACP in commercial groves
Supervisor : Dr Mamoudou Setamou

 

 

 

 

Steven Ramirez

Hometown : Pasadena TX
Undergraduate/University: BA , University of Texas-Pan American
Research project : Effects of orchard windbreaks on citrus pest populations
Supervisor : Dr M. Setamou

 

 

 

 

Blanca Garza

Hometown : Edinburg TX
Undergrad/ university: BS Geology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Supervisor: Dr. C. Simpson
Project : TBD

 

 

 

 

Julissa Rodriguez

Hometown: Pharr TX
Undergraduate degree/ university – BS Biology, Univ. Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg
Supervisor : Dr. C. Simpson
Project : TBD