Lina M. Quesada-Ocampo

Assistant Professor, Vegetable Pathology

NCSU Department of Plant Pathology

3415 Gardner Hall - Box 7616

Raleigh, NC 27695-7616

Office phone: (919) 513-3530




2013-   Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University

2012    NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

2011    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

2010    Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Department of Plant Pathology, Michigan State University

2006    Visiting Scholar, Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University

2005    B.Sc. Biology, Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia)

2005    B.Sc. Microbiology, Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia)



Visit the vegetable pathology lab website

Founded on March 1st, 2013

My program focuses on studying diseases of vegetable crops with the ultimate goal of delivering novel and improved disease management strategies.  We blend applied and basic research to provide science-based disease management recommendations to vegetable growers in North Carolina and advance our knowledge in the field of vegetable pathology.  Some of our research interests include studying pathogen population structure and its effect on disease management, developing molecular diagnostic tools for timely detection of pathogens, understanding the development of fungicide resistance in pathogen populations, and identifying sources of host resistance for disease control.  We also conduct lab, greenhouse, and field experiments to test the efficacy of disease control measures and provide disease management recommendations to growers.  We work in close collaboration with The North Carolina Plant Disease and Insect Clinic to assist with diagnostics of vegetable diseases. 

Projects in the lab are highly cross-disciplinary and diverse, providing a broad skillset in plant pathology to undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.  We use diverse tools including genomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, and population genetics to answer our scientific questions and translate our findings into solutions for vegetable growers and stakeholders. 

For detailed information about our team, ongoing projects, scientific and extension publications, news and events, and opportunities to work in my program please visit our lab website or contact us by email.

Selected Publications: 


Y. Kawahara, M. de la Bastide, J. P. Hamilton, H. Kanamori, R. McCombie, S. Ouyang, D. Schwartz, T. Tanaka, J. Wu, S. Zhou, K. L. Childs, R. M. Davidson, H. Lin, L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, B. Vaillancourt, H. Sakai, S. S. Lee, J. Kim, H. Numa, T. Itoh, R. Buell and T. Matsumoto (2013) Improvement of the Oryza sativa Nipponbare reference genome using next generation sequence and optical map data. Rice 6: 4.

L. L. Granke, L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, K. H. Lamour, and M. K. Hausbeck (2012) Advances in research on Phytophthora capsici on vegetable crops in the United States. Plant Disease 96: 1588-1600.*Top 7 paper in Plant Disease for 2012.

L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, L. L. Granke, H. C. Gutting, J. Olsen, A. Lebeda, F. Runge, M, Thines, and M. K. Hausbeck (2012) The genetic structure of Pseudoperonospora cubensis global populations. Plant Disease 96: 1459-1470.

L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, A. C. Lebeis, N. A. Werner, D. W. Fulbright and M. K. Hausbeck (2012) Genetic structure of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis in Michigan comercial tomato fields. Plant Disease 96: 788-796.

L. L. Granke, L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, and M. K. Hausbeck (2012) Differences in virulence of Phytophthora capsici isolates from a worldwide collection on host fruits. European Journal of Plant Pathology 132: 281-296.

L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, L. L. Granke and M. K. Hausbeck (2011) Temporal genetic structure of Phytophthora capsici populations from a creek used for irrigation in Michigan. Plant Disease 95: 1358-1369.

L. L. Granke, L. M. Quesada-Ocampo and M. K. Hausbeck (2011) Variation in Phenotypic Characteristics of Phytophthora capsici Isolates From a Worldwide Collection. Plant Disease 95: 1080-1088.

L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, L. L. Granke, M. R. Mercier, J. Olsen, and M. K. Hausbeck (2011) Investigating the global population structure of Phytophthora capsici. Phytopathology 101: 1061-1073. *Editor’s pick for August issue and on popular papers for September issue.

E. A. Savory, L. L. Granke, L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, M. Varbanova, M. K. Hausbeck, and B. Day (2011) The cucurbit downy mildew pathogen Pseudoperonospora cubensis. Molecular Plant Pathology 12: 217-226. *Cover for April issue.

L. M. Quesada-Ocampo and M. K. Hausbeck (2010) Resistance in tomato and wild relatives to crown and root rot caused by Phytophthora capsici. Phytopathology 100: 619-627. *Cover for June issue.

J. Bos, A. Chaparro-Garcia, L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, B. McSpadden Gardener and S. Kamoun (2009) Distinct amino acids of the Phytophthora infestans effector AVR3a condition activation of R3a hypersensitivity and suppression of cell death. MPMI 22: 269-281.

L. M. Quesada-Ocampo, D. W. Fulbright and M. K. Hausbeck (2009) Susceptibility of Fraser Fir to Phytophthora capsici. Plant Disease 93: 135-141.