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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Current Faculty


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Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Center Director and Professor

pelzstelinski@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Pelz-Stelinski's research program focuses on the biology and microbial ecology of insect vectors of plant diseases.

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Dr. Ana Maria Bocsanczy

Research Assistant Scientist

Plant Pathology

anamariab@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Ana Maria Bocsanczy's research is pivotal in understanding the molecular dynamics of plant-pathogen interactions, particularly concerning Ralstonia solanacearum.

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Dr. Jianjun Chen

Professor

Plant Physiology

jjchen@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Jianjun Chen's research program focuses on how plants function, specificially how genetic, environmental and cultural factors influence the grow and development of specialty crops. 

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Dr. Liz Felter

Regionalized Specialized Agent, Central Food Systems and Ornamental Horticulture

lfelter@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Liz Felter is a regional specialized agent for UF/IFAS Extension who works and collaborates with the interface of Central Florida food systems and ornamental horticulture.

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Dr. Alfred Huo

AssOCIATE Professor

Environmental Horticulture

hhuo@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Alfred Huo's research program focuses on developing biotechnological tools, particularly in improving the genetic transformation in diverse plant species and using various approaches such as CRISPR gene editing, transposon mutagenesis, and genomic sequencing to ornamental and specialty crops like snapdragons, begonia, marigold and petunia for genetic improvement. 

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Dr. Hayk Khachatryan

Professor

Food and Resource Economics

hayk@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Hayk Khachatryan's research program focuses on consumer behavior, experimental economics, pro-environmental behavior, temporal preferences, and urban and environmental policy. 

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Dr. Chris Marble

Associate Professor

Ornamental and Landscape Weed Management

marblesc@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Chris Marble's research program focuses on managing weeds and invasive plant species in landscapes and ornamental plant production and aims to develop new methods of weed control using an integrated approach with chemical and non-chemical treatments.

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Dr. David Norman

Associate Professor

Plant Pathology

djn@ufl.edu

About

Dr. David Norman's research program focuses on bacterial and fungal diseases that affect the production of landscape plants in Florida. 

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Dr. Lance Osborne

Professor

Entomology

lsosborn@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Lance Osborne's research program focuses on biological controls for managing pests, specifically for spider mites, white flies, thrips and lacewings, to connect homeowners with pest solutions.

Dr. Brian Pearson

Associate Professor

Environmental Horticulture

bpearson@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Brian Pearson’s research studies the production of plants for food, materials, comfort and beauty. Pearson’s research is two-fold, focusing on medicinal crop production and landscape and ornamental plant management.

Dr. Xuan Wei 

Research Assistant Scientist

Food and Resource Economics

wei.xuan@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Xuan Wei is a research assistant scientist in the Department of Food and Resource Economics examining the relationships between consumer behavior, horticultural production, and the marketing of horticultural products

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Dr. Yilian Zhuang

Regional Specialized Agent, Water Resources

yilinz@ufl.edu

About

Dr. Yilin Zhuang is a regional specialized agent who works with water resources for UF/IFAS Extension. Zhuang works across Central Florida to manage and promote water conservation programs as well as find solutions to challenges facing Florida's water supply.