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Olga is a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University. She received her PhD degree in Plant Pathology at Washington State University in 2019 where she studied ecology and population biology of Botrytis cinerea, causal agent of gray mold disease, on small fruit hosts in the US Pacific Northwest. Olga’s main research interests are fungal evolution, population biology, migration and adaptation of fungalplant pathogens to hosts and environments. In 2020 Olga joined the Stewart Lab where she is studying evolution of emerging fungal tree pathogen, a newly identified potential hybrid of two fungal species – white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola) and comandra blister rust (Cronartium comandrae). Her another research focus lays into the investigation of population genomics of the fungus Phellinux noxius that causes brown root rot on tropical trees. Check out her Curriculum Vitae here: CV_Olga Kozhar_2020.

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