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Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

Administrators & Staff

The Plant Pathology Department's administrative team is here to help you connect with our department and are a key element of day-to-day operations. 

Academic Support

Jessica Ulloa

Jessica Ulloa

Academic Advisor III
(352) 273-4629
Office: 1507

Jessica serves as the coordinator for the Plant Pathology graduate program. She is the primary contact for all graduate students. Some of her duties include recruitment, admissions, course scheduling, Fifield and PSF classroom scheduling, and academic advising (course registration, degree requirements, transfer of credits, etc.)

Business Office

Treva Damron

Treva Damron

Business Manager
(352) 273-4633
Office: 1449

Treva serves as the business manager to Rosemary Loria, Chair. Some of Treva's duties include keeping the chair's calendar, time and labor processing, HR liaison, departmental budget accounting and departmental security administration (DSA).

Karri Bishop

Karri Bishop

Administrative Support Assistant II
(352) 273-4635
Office: 1447

Karri assists the business manager with all aspects of departmental administration. Her duties include asset management, space allocation reporting, assigning keys/office space for employees and students.

Greenhouse Maintenance

Michael Stilwell

Michael Stilwell

Farm Manager
(352) 392-4478
Bldg. 561

Mike serves as the department's farm manager and is responsible for greenhouse maintenance. This includes pesticide application, greenhouse and lab waste disposal. Mike also oversees maintenance of the department's state vehicles.

Cody Banner

Cody Banner

Farm Management Assistant
(352) 392-4478
Bldg. 561

Cody serves as the farm management assistant in Plant Pathology and Environmental Horticulture. His duties include assisting with greenhouse maintenance, pesticide application and other duties as needed. He also assists with upkeep and maintenance of the state vehicle fleet.

IT Support

Michael Morrow

MIchael Morrow

IT Professional II
(352) 273-4663
Office: 1501

Michael‘s duties include administration, procurement, repair, installation, and guidance for matters of computer hardware and software. This generally applies to department faculty and staff, but is often true for students as well.


Devlin Yorker

Marketing and Communication Specialist
(352) 273-4571
Office: 1539

Devlin oversees all department media. This includes the website, graphic design, photography, video content, and social media accounts.

Lab Safety

Yurui Xie

Yurui Xie

Department Safety Specialist
(352) 273-4662
Office: 2513

Yurui serves as the department's safety manager She conducts bio-safety training sessions for all of the Plant Pathology department. She monitors shared equipment use and arranges for repairs as needed.

Department Staff

EmployeeRoom #TitleE-mailPhone
Marina S Ascunce 2437  Biological Scientist III (352) 273-8463
Morgan Byron 2517 Biological Scientist (352) 273-8463
Gerald V Minsavage Jr. 2552  Senior Biological Scientist (352) 273-4675
Zhao Peng 1444  Biological Scientist III (352) 273-4662
Patricia Rayside 2510  Senior Biological Scientist (352) 273-4661
Yanru Xing Bldg. 168  Data Mgmt Analyst II (352) 273-4632

Plant Diagnostic Center Staff

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Sladana Bec Laboratory Manager and Senior Diagnostician (352) 273-4692
Peng Tian Diagnostician, General Lab Service (352) 392-1795
Donna Perry Administrative Assistant (352) 273-4637