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Alejandra Jimenez Madrid

Alejandra Jimenez Madrid is the Manager of the Plant Molecular Diagnostics Lab (MDL). She completed her MS in Plant Pathology at Louisiana State University in 2017, and her PhD in Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University in 2021. She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Mississippi State University, Delta Research and Extension Center, prior to accept the role as the Manager of the MDL at the University of Georgia. In her current role, she provides advanced testing for plant pathogens via molecular and serological methods and provides fungicide resistance testing.

Connect with Dr. Madrid: Email | Phone: 229.386.3372

Gabriel Darío Muñoz

Gabriel Darío Muñoz is originally from Ecuador. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and Production from the University of Zamorano in Honduras in 2018, where he worked on an integrated management plan for weeds on agricultural and livestock lots. He completed a Master of Science in Plant Pathology from Louisiana State University in May 2023, where his research focused on genetic characterization of resistance to Frogeye Leaf Spot of soybean. He joined the Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab in the summer of 2023 at the University of Georgia, Tifton Campus working as a Research Professional under the supervision of Dr. Alejandra Jimenez Madrid.

Carlton Collins

Carlton Collins is a graduate research assistant in the Molecular Diagnostics Lab. He graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelors in Agronomy Crop and Soil Science in July 2023. He is originally from Jamaica where he has witnessed various pathogens severely impact the agriculture industry. He is interested in citrus diseases, including Citrus Greening (HLB), which will be the primary focus of his Master Program under Dr. Alejandra Jimenez Madrid supervision. 

Sophie Wheaton

Sophie Wheaton is a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College majoring in Agricultural Business. Her passion is working with beef cattle and horses, and she plans to have a career in the beef cattle industry in the near future. Meanwhile, she has had the opportunity to work as a Student Worker since February 2023 in the Plant Molecular Diagnostics Lab learning more about plant pathology.