Kasia Kinzer has been the plant diagnostician at NDSU since May 2004. After earning a B.S. (1993) from Arizona State University in Biology and a M.S. (1996) in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota, she worked as a research assistant in plant disease epidemiology at Iowa State University and in a support scientist role for the extension nematology program at the University of Idaho. She was a stock seed manager for a seed company in southwestern Idaho for several years. Current responsibilities include managing the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab and the NDSU Seed Health Testing Lab. She is an NDSU contact for the Great Plains Diagnostic Network and assists with First Detector Training. She also teaches and coordinates the materials for the lab sections for Introductory Plant Pathology at NDSU each fall semester.
NDSU Plant Diagnostician
Jesse joined the Plant Diagnostic Lab in July 2013. He has previous experience working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and for the Kansas State University Plant Disease Clinic. As the assistant diagnostician, he provides routine diagnoses along with management strategies. In addition, he assists in instruction of the Introduction to Plant Pathology Laboratory sections and the seed health testing efforts. He routinely uses ELISA, IFA, and qPCR for detection of the bacterial ring rot pathogen. Jesse will serve as Interim Director for the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab from January 1 through May 15, 2015.
M.S. Plant Pathology, December 2014, Kansas State University
B.S. Horticultural Science, May 2010, Kansas State University
Assistant Plant Diagnostician
Lauren Bittara is the plant diagnostic laboratory technician since 2014.