Dr. Ristaino named Jefferson Science Fellow


The Jefferson Science Fellows program was started in 2003 by the Secretary of State and is administered by the National Academies through partnerships with U.S. academic institutions, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The aim of the Jefferson Science Fellows program is to apply accurate state-of-the-art science and technology solutions in the implementation of US foreign policy.  Many national security and food security issues are tightly interwoven.  Dr. Ristaino’s conducts research on the Oomycete plant pathogen, Phytophthora infestans that caused the Irish potato famine and is still a global threat to food security. She has done international agriculture research in developing countries in Latin America and Asia and has broad interests in global food security and agriculture, biotechnology, global climate change and plant disease, ecosystem services, and access issues including gender equity for women in agriculture. She will work in Washington DC and travel to U. S. embassies and missions overseas during her fellowship year then serve in a consulting capacity to the U.S. Department of State for an additional five years.