Marija ZivanovicMarija Zivanovic

Graduate Student
Major Professor: Dr. Zhiyuan Chen

Area of research: Investigating RNA interference as a strategy for managing Cercospora on soybeans.


  • 2014-present: Ph.D. student – Louisiana State Universtiy, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology
  • 2011-2014: M.S. – University of Georgia, Department of Plant Pathology
  • 2005-2010: B.S. – University of Belgrade, College of Agriculture, Department of Plant and Food Protection


Research Experience

2010 – 2011: Research Intern, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Gamboa, Panama

2010: Research Intern, Iowa State University, Department of Plant Pathology, Ames, IA

2009: Research Intern, University of Goettingen, Department of Plant Breeding, Goettingen, Germany


Eckshtain-Levi, N., Munitz, T., Živanović, M., Traore, S. M., Spröer, C., Zhao, B., Welbaum, G., Walcott, R. R., Sikorski, J., and Burdman, S. 2014. Comparative analysis of type III secreted effector genes reflects divergence of Acidovorax citrulli strains into three distinct lineages. Phytopathology.

Zivanovic, M., Walcott, R. R. 2017. Further characterisation of genetically distinct groups of Acidovorax citrulli strains. Phytopathology.