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2019 symposium will be on Thursday, May 9, 2019!

Spring Research Symposium May 2, 2017

This event will be for our students and affiliates, which is sponsored by generous support from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Felicia Keesing from Bard College. Her presentation is titled “The Ecology of Pathogen Amplification: A Case Study of Three Tick-Borne Pathogens.

Dr. Keesing serves as the David and Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Computing at Bard College. She is a community ecologist whose work has spanned from studies of African savanna function when losing large megafauna, to interactions among species influencing human disease risk, and how species diversity affects pathogen transmission.


  • 9:00-11:30 am: One-on-one faculty meetings with Dr. Keesing
  • 12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch with students and postdocs, 357 Hutchison Hall
  • 1:00-3:00 pm: One-on-one faculty meetings with Dr. Keesing
  • 3:30 pm: Dr. Keesing will present keynote address at Odd Fellows Lodge in downtown Davis.
  • 4:30-6:30 pm: Student poster session and social networking time (Dr. Keesing will help to judge this required event for our DEBVBD students!)
  • 6:30-8:30 pm: Catered dinner at the lodge

*Presentation of a poster and attendance at the keynote are required for all students in the DEBVBD. *Please contact Janet Foley, [email protected], if you have questions about your poster.
RSVPs will be requested in early April. If you wish to have your name added to our mailing list for this event please contact coordinator Jessica Padilla, [email protected].
All DEBVBD students and affiliated faculty will already be on the list.

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Jessica Franco: DEBVBD Graduate Student Travel Award

Jessica Franco

Jessica Franco, a fourth year graduate student in Dr. Gitta Coaker’s lab, will be attending the International Research Conference on Huanglongbing (HLB) in Orlando, FL with support from the DEBVBD Graduate Student Travel Award. HLB is a devastating bacterial disease of citrus vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid. HLB researchers and citrus growers will attend the meeting and discuss concerns, methods, and findings to improve pathogen detection, vector control and disease resistance. Jessica will give an oral presentation focusing on her research on HLB.  Jessica has sampled a large number of Navels in both greenhouse and field experiments to identify dynamically changing citrus proteins in response to infection. She has identified secreted citrus proteases that are upregulated during infection. She has performed activity profiling and identified a subclass of these proteases whose activity may be inhibited by the HLB pathogen. This work has the potential to significantly enhance our understanding of how this pathogen manipulates citrus to cause HLB.