Adrienne Gorny received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (2014). She is currently a PhD student (anticipated fall 2019) in the EVADE program.
Adrienne’s research primarily focuses on refining the quantification of disease risk for soilborne pathogens by using Northern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne hapla) and potato as a model system. She is using molecular biology techniques to identify and quantify nematode populations within the soil prior to planting. Her research aims to develop risk algorithms to assess the hazard of subsequent potato crop loss due to M. hapla and investigating how spatial and temporal factors may influence nematode populations.
Adrienne recently received several awards:
- National Potato Council Scholarship (2017);
- North East Division American Phytopathological Society Poster Competition at the Northeastern Plant, Pests and Soils Conference (2017);
- Cornell University Gilmer Award (2017);
- USDA-NIFA Pre Doctoral Fellowship (2018); and
- Cornell University Barbara McClintock Award (2018).
Adrienne is from Canton, Michigan (near Ann Arbor, Michigan). When she’s not in the lab or studying, she enjoys spending time with friends, sketching, crocheting, hiking, horseback riding, and shooting pool.