Associate Professor & Vegetable Pathologist, NC State University
Dr. Lina Quesada was born in Bogota, Colombia. She obtained B. Sc. degrees in Microbiology and Biology at Universidad de Los Andes in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2010. Following a NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship at MSU, she was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University in 2013 and received early tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2018. Dr. Quesada is an extension plant pathologist that integrates genomics and molecular plant pathology into a research and extension program that addresses grower needs. She is focused on understanding how application of disease management strategies such as host resistance or fungicides, impact pathogen populations and how that information can be used to improve pathogen detection and control. Her research has been critical in improving cucurbit downy mildew management and halting epidemics of sweetpotato black rot, earning her numerous scientific awards.