Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

World-renowned and award-winning faculty members hold research, extension and teaching appointments. These three pillars are fundamental to assist farmers, crop consultants and homeowners in the management of plant diseases and to educate and prepare outstanding plant pathologists and crop physiologists.


  Name Contact Areas of Research
photo: chen  Zhi-Yuan Chen
A412 Life Sciences Annex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-7850
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: ZChen@agcenter.lsu.edu  
  • Host resistance
  • Host-fungus interactions in soybean and maize
photo: clark Christopher A. Clark
A443 Life Sciences Annex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-1381
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: CClark@agcenter.lsu.edu  
  • Sweet potato pathology
photo: datnoff  Lawrence E. Datnoff
Professor & Head

306 Life Sciences,
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-1464
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: LDatnoff@agcenter.lsu.edu

  • Administration 
 photo: doyl Vinson Doyle
Assistant Professor
324 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-4052
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: VDoyle@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Mycology
  • Systematics
  • Population genetics
  • Phylogenomics
 photo: ham Jong Hyun Ham
Associate Professor
460 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-6798
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: jham@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Phytobacteriology 
photo: hoy  Jeffrey W. Hoy
A445 Life Sciences Annex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-1392
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: JHoy@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Sugarcane Pathology
 photo: mcgawley Edward C. McGawley
A415 Life Sciences Annex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-1387
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: EMcgawley@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Nematology
photo: overstreet  Charles Overstreet
A418 Life Science Annex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-5740
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: COverstreet@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Nematology
photo: pettis 

Gregg S. Pettis
Adjunct Associate Professor


624 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-2798
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: gpettis@lsu.edu
  • Phytobacteriology
photo: price  Paul "Trey" Price
Assistant Professor
Macon Ridge Research Station
212A Macon Ridge Road
Winnsboro, LA 71295
Phone: (318) 435-2157
Fax: (318) 435-2133
Mobile: (308) 235-9805
Email: PPrice@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Agronomic Crops
 Dr. Singh Raghuwinder Singh
Associate Professor &
Director, Plant Diagnostic Clinic
434 Life Sciences Bldg
Baton Rouge, LA 70894
Phone: (225) 578-4562
Fax: (225) 578-1415
Email: RSingh@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Diagnostics
Dr. Sara Thomas-Sharma Sara Thomas-Sharma
Assistant Professor

426 Life Sciences Building
Baton Rouge LA 70803
Phone: (225)578-8537
Fax: (225)578-1415
Email: sthomassharma@agcenter.lsu.edu

  • Field Crop Pathology
photo: valverde  Rodrigo A. Valverde
A416 Life Sciences Annex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-1384
Fax: (225) 578-1415
E-mail: RValverde@agcenter.lsu.edu
  • Virolology

Emeritus Faculty

Marc A. Cohn, Professor Emeritus

Kenneth E. Damann, Jr., Professor Emeritus

Clayton A. Hollier, Professor Emeritus

Raymond W. Schneider, Professor Emeritus

Research / Extension Associates, Post Docs and Researchers

Inderjit Kaur Barphagha, Research Associate

Lacy Brooks, Research Associate

Timothy Burks, Extension Associate

Subbaiah Chalivendra, Research Assistant Professor

Cathy DeRobertis, Research Associate

Churamani Khanal, Postdoctoral Researcher

Joseille Rezende, Postdoctoral Researcher

Clark Robertson, Research Associate

Carolyn Savario, Research Associate

Elaisa Tubana, Research Associate

Brian Ward, Postdoctoral Researcher


Patricia A. Bollich, Scientific Research Technologist

Robert M. Carver, Administrative Coordinator 4

Dolores Dyess, Administrative Coordinator 3

Charletta Warr, Accounting Technician