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ScabNET is a newly formed USWBSI network of graduate students and post-docs formed from the outcome of the Early Career Meetup at the 2021 NFHB Forum whose goal is to provide educational, career, and social opportunities for those in FHB research and beyond. The focus of ScabNet is to bring together the current generation of graduate students and post-docs with other members of this community to provide information on relevant topics.


Peter Oppenheimer (NCSU) and Lovepreet Singh (UMN)


Upcoming Events

National Fusarium Head Blight Forum

ScabNet Peer Networking Social

Sunday, December 4, 2022

8:30 p.m. EST


Past Events

Hands-on LinkedIn Webinar

Thursday, September 29, 2022


6:00 p.m. EST

Tips and tricks of utilizing LinkedIn to advance your career. Leigh Neys, Ph.D. Career Transition Coach, working with professionals around the world interested in transitioning to a new career. With a background in educational leadership, Leigh offers individual and group coaching and helps create career materials that make an impact on the job search process. She has held leadership roles in public and private organizations and has a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota.


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Early Career Industry Meetup

Tuesday, March 29, 2022


6:00 p.m. EDT

This event provided an opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to interact and engage with industry personnel. Three industry personnel attended. Dr. Pravin Gautam is a cereal pathologist from BASF with the hybrid wheat program. Andrea Lugo-Torres is a field manager for Pivot Bio and is responsible for coordinating the advancement of new technologies through the product development pipeline. Dr. Kestrel McCorkle is the head of controlled environment research at GreenLight BioSciences, Inc. In her role, she focuses on developing crop protection products to control fungal plant pathogens and insect pests.





Early Career Meetup

Monday, December 6, 2021


6:00 p.m. EST

This event provided an opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to interact and engage with university professionals in the different USWBSI Research Categories. Invited professionals included: Kaitlyn Bissonnette, University of Missouri (FHB Management), Jiajia Rao, North Dakota State University (Food Safety and Toxicology), Thomas Baldwin, North Dakota State University (Gene Discovery and Engineering Resistance), Santiago Mideros, University of Illinois (Pathogen Biology and Genetics), and Brian Ward, The Ohio State University (Variety Development and Host Resistance).