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CHAD FAUTT

PHD STUDENT IN ECOLOGY

cwf30@psu.edu

EDUCATION

B.S., Biotechnology with microbial emphasis, University of California, Davis

RESEARCH INTERESTS

As an undergrad I worked in the Jasieniuk lab studying the genetic mechanisms of herbicide resistance in common crop weeds and spent a little time working on how changing climate influences herbicide resistance phenotypes.

In 2018 I joined the Hockett lab with the ultimate goal of finding ways to leverage the natural ecological interactions of microbes living on crops to prevent plant disease and promote plant health. Currently, my research centers around understanding the role bacteriocins play in shaping the communities of Pseudomonas syringae on tomato plants.

I am also very interested in translating biologically-relevant mathematical models and algorithms into engaging and intuitive visualizations through code as a learning tool for math-averse biology students and plan on uploading examples along with video tutorials and source code for such visualizations in the near future.