Dr. Maricelis Acevedo joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology at NDSU in 2010. Her research interests are rust-pathogen virulence evolution and the utilization of host resistance to manage cereal rusts. Her basic research emphasizes on the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying rust pathogen virulence and host resistance. Her applied research focuses on the genetics of resistance to leaf and stem rust in wheat. Dr. Acevedo obtained a master in Agronomy in the area of Plant Breeding from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and a Ph.D. in Biology with a specialization in Plant Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining the faculty at NDSU Dr. Acevedo had postdoctoral training at the USDA-ARS Small Grains and Potato Research Unit in Aberdeen, Idaho working on the genetic of partial resistance to crown rust of oats and the identification and characterization of resistance to the stem rust race Ug99 in spring wheat landraces. Dr. Acevedo is assisted in her project by Matt Breiland and Amanda Swank.