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MARTHA MALAPI-NELSON

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology                       979.458.2201 (Lab)
Texas A&M University                                                                 979.436.4905
College Station, TX 77843-2132 USA                                         mmalapi@neo.tamu.edu                                                    

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EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
GPA: 4.0.                                                                                                    Expected: Summer 2012
Advisor: Dr. Won-Bo Shim
Master of Science, Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
GPA: 3.8.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  May 2008      
Thesis project:Interactions between Alfalfa mosaic virus and Soybean mosaic virus in soybean
Advisor: Dr. Reza Hajimorad
Bachelor of Science, Agronomy, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina - Peru
Accepted at the School of Agronomy with the highest qualification, top 5%, of the entering class of 1998                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  July 2004  
                       

PRESENT POSITION

Graduate Research Assistant: Corn and Sorghum Pathology.  Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Jun. 2008 – present

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Graduate Non-Teaching Assistant: Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Jun. 2008 – Dec. 2008
Graduate Research Assistant: Included supervision and management of the Virology
Laboratory. Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Jan. 2006 – May 2008
Advisor: Dr. Reza Hajimorad
Scholarship holder: Thesis research for Agricultural Engineering Degree. Research thesis focused on development of specifics antibodies against the Potato virus Y -NTN strain and production of the recombinant coat protein of Potato yellow vein virus
International Potato Center. Lima, Peru. Dec. 2004 – Dec. 2005
Advisor: Dr. Luis Salazar
Training: Internship at the Molecular & Serological Virology Laboratories.
International Potato Center. Lima, Peru. Jun. 2004 – Dec. 2004
Advisor: Dr. Luis Salazar
Training: Internship on Management of Apiaries of the Entomology Department. School of Agronomy. Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina – Peru. Jan. 2004 –Mar. 2004
Agronomy Internship: Field training in management of organic cotton, asparagus & mandarin with emphasis in biological control. Canete - Peru. Jan. 2003 – March. 2003

PUBLICATIONS
M. Malapi-Nelson, V. L. Vaughn, B. Ma , A. Han , D. Gross, W. Shim. 2010. Development of prototype Pathogen Detection Lab-On-a-Chip (PADLOC) system for real-time on-field plant disease dianostics. Phytopathology 100:S76
M. Malapi-Nelson, R. Wen, B. H. Ownley and M.R. Hajimorad. 2009. Co-infection of soybean with Soybean mosaic virus and Alfalfa mosaic virus results in disease synergism and alteration in accumulation level of both viruses. Plant Disease 93: 1259-1264
M. Malapi-Nelson and W.B. Shim. 2009. Characterization of CHT1, a putative C2H2 transcription factor involved in fumonisin biosynthesis and conidiation in Fusarium verticillioides. Phytopathology 99:S78
Martha Malapi Nelson. 2008. Interactions between Alfalfa mosaic virus and Soybean mosaic virus in soybean. M.S. Thesis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
M. Malapi-Nelson, B. H. Ownley, K. D. Gwin and M. R. Hajimorad. 2008. Interactions between Alfalfa mosaic virus and Soybean mosaic virus in soybeans result in disease synergism. Phytopathology 98:S96
M. R. Hajimorad, A. L. Eggenberger, M. Malapi-Nelson, and J. H. Hill. 2008. Effect of mutations in HC-Pro of Soybean mosaic virus on symptom expression in soybean and the ability to induce disease synergism in mixed infection with Alfalfa mosaic virus. Phytopathology 98:S65

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS
Texas A&M Academic Excellence Award                                                                                                                                       2010
Shibata International Memorial Scholarship  
International Programs for Students, Texas A&M  University                                                                                 2010
Tina Watkins Scholarship  
International Programs for Students, Texas A&M  University                                                                                 2010
Monsanto Conference Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                        2009
International Education Fee Scholarship
International Programs for Students, Texas A&M University                                                                               2008
Graduate assistantship
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M  University        June 2008-present
Research Proposal Award
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee                                                                               2006
Graduate assistantship
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee                                                2006 - 2008
Research Scholarship at the Integrated Crop Management Division
International Potato Center, Lima-Peru                                                July 2004 - December 2005

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Phytopathology Society (APS), 2006 - Present
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, 2006 – Present
Minorities in Agriculture (MANRRS), 2008- Present

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2007: Guest Lecture, Teaching Practicum 569, “Plant Viruses: Symptoms, Management and Diagnosis”, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee
2006: Teaching Assistant, Plant Virology 521, “Plant Virology”, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee. Supervised laboratory classroom, developed coursework and prepared equipment and reagents for the teaching of immunodiagnostic techniques

OTHER APPOINTMENTS
General Radiation Safety Training, Environmental Health and Safety Department
Texas A&M University                                                                                               2008 - Present
Radiation Safety Certification, Radiation Safety Department
University of Tennessee                                                                                                  2006 - 2008
Training in Plant Histological Techniques, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology University of Tennessee

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Layman Judge-Systems Engineering, Student Research Week
Texas A&M University                                                                                             March 2010
Minorities in Agriculture (MANRRS), Chief Financial Officer Texas A&M Chapter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   June 2009- December 2009
MANRRS, Chairperson of the Fund-raising Committee, Texas A&M Chapter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   June 2009- December 2009

 

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