Mercedes Diaz

Maria Mercedes Diaz-Arias is a M.S. candidate from University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica. Currently, she is a visiting scientist in the Gleason lab for 14 months (August 2005-September 2006). Her M.S research is being done here on the sooty blotch and flyspeck (SBFS) fungal complex of apples. Her research focuses on characterizing the taxonomy and distribution of SBFS fungi from 30 apple orchards in 10 states of the eastern U.S.





Education
Prospective M.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Emphasis in Crop Protection: March 2004- University of Costa Rica. San José, CR.

B.S. Agronomy: April 2004 University of Costa Rica. San José, CR.

B.S. Biotechnology. Emphasis in Vegetable Tissue Culture: September 2002. Technological Institute of Costa Rica (I.T.C.R). Cartago, CR.

Work experience and involvement in academic activities
Plant Disease Diagnostician & Researcher: Aug 2003- Feb 2004 Ornamental Exporting Company FIDESPLANTS, S.A. Alajuela, CR.

Laboratory Assistant: September 2003 – Jul 2005 Crop Protection Research Center, Plant Pathology Laboratory University of Costa Rica. San José, CR.

Teaching Assistant: Jan 2004- Mar 2005 Recognition of abiotic and biotic problems in Costa Rica crops. University of Costa Rica. San José, CR

Teaching Assistant: Aug 2003- Dec 2004 Introduction to Plant Pathology University of Costa Rica, San José, CR

Teaching Assistant: Mar- Jul 2003 Water Management in agricultural systems University of Costa Rica. San José, CR

Graduate Research Assistant: Jan 2001- Nov 2003 Molecular Biology and Cellular Research Center, University of Costa Rica. San José, CR.

Research Assistant: May 1997 – Dec 2000. Biotechnology Research Center, Technological Institute of Costa Rica. Cartago, CR.

Awards
Iowa State University, Plant Pathology Department scholarship: Jul 2005 MAEC-AECI scholarship: Nov 2005 Madrid, Spain

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