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Scientific Staff

Dr. John Chitambar , Senior Plant Nematologist & Primary State Plant Pathologist (John's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1975, M.S., 1977, Allahabad Agricultural Institute (University of Allahabad), India; Ph.D., 1983, University of California, Davis.

Experience: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Nematology, University of California, Davis, 1983; Associate, Department of Nematology, University of California,Riverside, 1983; Lecturer, Department of Biology, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, India, 1984-85; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Davis, 1985-1987; Associate Plant Nematologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, 1987-1992; Associate Waste Management Specialist, California Integrated Waste Management Board, Sacramento, 1992-1993; Associate Plant Nematologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, 1993-1998; Professor of Biology, Cosumnes River College, August-December 2004; Senior Plant Nematologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, 1999-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Nematode Diagnostics and Research.

Dr. Ke Dong , Senior Plant Nematologist (Ke's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1985, M.S., 1988, Shenyang Agricultural University, China; Ph.D., 1996, North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Experience: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Riverside, 1997-1998; Postdoctoral Researcher, Clemson University, SC, 1999. Associate Plant Nematologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2000-2005; Senior Plant Nematologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2005-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Nematode Diagnostics and Research.

Dr. Sergei Subbotin , Senior Plant Nematologist (Sergei's webpage)

Education: M.S., 1981, K.A. Timirjazev Moscow Agricultural Academy, Moscow, Russia; Ph.D., 1987, K.I. Skrjabin Institute of Helminthology, Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

Experience: Research Assistant, Plant Immunity Laboratory, V.R. Villiams Institute of Food Plants, Agricultural Academy of Sciences, Moscow region, Russia, 1981-1983; Researcher, Phytonematology Laboratory, K.I. Skrjabin Institute of Helminthology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1983-1991; Senior Researcher, Institute of Parasitology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1991-present; Visiting Researcher, Royal Society of London, UK, Harpenden, IACR-Rothamsted, 1998-1999; NATO Fellowship Researcher, Agricultural Research Centre, Merelbeke, Belgium, 1999-2000, 2001-2002; Scientific Researcher. Institut für Nematologie und Wirbeltierkunde, Münster, Germany, 2001-2002; Guest Professor, Gent University, Gent, Belgium, 2003–present; Visiting Researcher, Agricultural Research Centre, Merelbeke, Belgium, 2002-2003; Visiting Nematologist, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside, California, 2004-2005; Assistant Nematologist, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside, California, 2005-2006; Associate Plant Nematologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2006-2008; Senior Plant Nematologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2008-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Nematode Diagnostics and Research.

Supervisors

Deborah Meyer, Environmental Program Manager I (Deborah's webpage)

Education: B. A., 1986, M.A., 1978, California State University, Sacramento.

Experience: 2015–present Environmental Program Manager I (Nematology, Plant Pathology, Seed Science), CDFA; 2012–2015 Program Supervisor (Nematology, Plant Pathology, Seed Science), CDFA; 2004–2012 Senior Seed Botanist–Supervisor, CDFA Seed Laboratory; 2000–2004 Senior Seed Botanist, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory; 1984–2000 Associate Seed Botanist, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory; 1982–1984 Seed Botanist II, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory; 1980–1981 Agricultural Inspector I, CDFA Seed Physiology Laboratory and Botany Laboratory; 1978–1980 Agricultural Aid, CDFA Seed Physiology Laboratory and Botany Laboratory.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Seed Laboratory–Supervisor (staff of 8 scientific specialists, 8 environmental scientists, 4 technicians and several seasonal staff); primarily responsible for identification of seeds, fruits, and other plant propagules on a worldwide basis; provides scientific consultation on seed identification and seed quality assessment; performs research and develops new diagnostic methods related to the specialized fields of seed taxonomy and seed quality assessment; serves as Quality Assurance Manager for the Seed Laboratory.

Environmental Scientists

René Luna, Environmental Scientist

Technical Staff

Duanna Challenger, Agricultural Technician

Former Nematologists

Dr. Robert Hackey , Retired