Dr. Meriem Aoun
Meriem is from Tunisia and she received her PhD in Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in 2016. During her Ph.D, Meriem worked on genetic resistance to leaf rust and stem rust in durum wheat. She also worked on the virulence and genetic diversity of the wheat leaf rust pathogen, Puccinia triticina. After earning her Ph.D, Meriem joined the Durum Wheat Genetics and Breeding Program at NDSU and continued her research on durum wheat diseases: rusts and Fusarium head blight. Meriem won the BGRI Women in Triticum early career award in 2018 as a recognition of her efforts toward managing wheat diseases.
Meriem is currently a postdoc associate at Cornell University working on maize pathology to mitigate the effects of ear rot pathogens on crop yield and human health. She intends to continue her professional career investigating plant-pathogen interactions. She aspires to contribute toward world food security/safety and to see the impact of her research on the lives of farmers, especially in developing nations.