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New Grad Student for Carolina’s Lab

I am Sadat from Abesim, Ghana. My dad is into the plantation production of Cocoa and Cashew as well as vegetables, maize, and other agronomic crops. My interest in Agriculture grew since my dad involved me in all his agricultural businesses at a young age.

I hold a BSc Agriculture degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-Ghana with Specialization in Horticulture where I worked on Egushi (Melon Seeds) and after taking several agricultural internships in Germany, I enrolled to get my Master’s degree in Europe where I studied a joint Master’s degree in Horticulture between University of Agriculture in Krakow-Poland, Mendel University In Brno- Czech republic and Slovak University of agriculture-Slovakia where I worked on the impact of Mycorrhiza on selected vegetable species.

In 2019 and 2020, I was divinely selected by the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC) where I assisted in the projects the commission undertook during the period. Through my connection with the commission, I gained admission to pursue my PhD at WSU to fulfil my dream to acquire academic degrees from different continents.


Post-harvest losses have always been a concern for my dad’s farm and an interesting area for me, and I am excited to work under the supervision and mentorship of Dr.  Carolina Torres so I can impact the less-endowed countries to minimize postharvest losses, especially in Africa.


New Grad Student for Lee’s Lab

Orlando Howe is moving from a Timeslip to a Grad Student for Lee’s Lab

Orlando is from Wenatchee, Washington and has been a part of the local agriculture industry for over 6 years. He graduated with a B.S. in Integrated Plant Sciences from Washington State University in May of 2022. He was a lab technician during his undergraduate at the WSU Tree Fruit Research Center and Extension Center from 2018-2020 and has worked cherry harvest every summer since high school. While on WSU campus he also had the opportunity to operate and take images on a scanning electron microscope where he looked at xylem vessel physiology in apples stems and leaves. In summer of 2022, Orlando began working on his M.S. in Horticulture in Dr. Kalcsits’s lab. He is currently working on a leaf removal experiment with apples where he is monitoring color development and the impact on carbohydrates and nutrient reserves for the following season. 

Orlando wants to continue to learn and understand more about plant physiology and return to the industry ready to make an impact wherever he goes. 

Welcome Fatima Kibbou

Welcome Fatima Kibbou who is joining the Musacchi Lab as a Post Doc.

Fatima Zahra Kibbou obtained a PhD (2016-2021) in Biology and Plant Physiology, from Hassan II University, Casablanca Morocco, and had an opportunity as a research scholar at North Carolina state university which included more than five years working in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.   Previously (2014) she received a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences.

Her Research focused on the influence of the abiotic environment on crop growth, development, and yield. Physiology studies include plant water relations, symbiotic nitrogen fixation, and developmental processes. Considerable attention has been focused on identifying genetic variation in these traits and using physiological information to expedite breeding efforts and to enhance crop management.  Much research was synthesized into crop models to simulate growth and yield, environmental assessments for increasing crop productivity, and evaluation of societal issues including plant water use, climate change and food security.

As a postdoctoral Research Associate in Musacchi’s Lab, her research will focus on physiology and pomology (apple and pear) in tree crops.