Research Assistants


Laura Baldwin

“I am an undergraduate biochemistry student interested in how pathogens affect plants and insect vectors. I hope to attend graduate school in the future and work in research labs.”


Abigail Mende
“I am a third year undergraduate microbiology student, minoring in Global Disease biology. I am interested in the relationships between pathogen transmission and their insect vectors in plants. I hope to apply what I learn in studying pathogen transmission among humans as well.”


Andrea Cheung
“I am a third year undergraduate Animal Biology student interested in learning more about plant-insect mechanisms and their relevance to wildlife conservation”

Pyae Sone

Pyae Sone

“I was born and raised in Myanmar(Burma). I transferred to UC Davis from
Skyline College in Fall 2014. I am majoring in biochemistry and molecular
biology. I enjoy studying genetics and biochemical pathways/interactions in
organisms. My goal is to apply for graduate school upon graduation and
eventually work in research labs.”


Sophia Chen

“Sophia is an undergraduate biology student interested in learning more about the mechanism of disease transmission and plant systems.”


Thais Antichera
” I was born in Itirapina, a small city in the State of São Paulo – Brazil. I am a fourth year undergraduate Agronomy student at Federal University of Viçosa and a visiting scholar student at UC Davis. My interests are the study of Plant Insect Interactions and Plant Pathology. My goal is graduate next year in Brazil and apply for a Master at UC Davis”
Sophie Walton
“I am a high school senior at Sequoia High School in the Bay Area and studying Plant Pathology in Casteel Labs as a Young Scholars Program Participant.  I am interested in learning more about plant sciences, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and pathology, and  I plan on studying biology in the future.”

Rotation Students

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Rachel Fordyce

Plant Biology, Ph.D., expected 2018

Rachel is a Plant Biology graduate student interested in the genetics and ecological impact of plant defenses.



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Jordan Sayre

Microbiology, Ph.D., expected 2018

“I am a bay area native and first year graduate student interested in microbial interactions and insect systems.”