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Jeannette Rapicavoli

I'm a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA (2011) with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticultural Science and a minor in Plant Protection Science. In 2016, I received my PhD in Plant Pathology from UC Riverside, where I worked under the direction of Dr. Caroline Roper. My dissertation research focused on the molecular basis of the host-pathogen interactions of Xylella fastidiosa, a xylem-limited bacterial pathogen that causes severe diseases in grapevine and citrus, among other economically important plant hosts.

Currently, I work as a Research and Development Field Scientist for Syngenta Crop Protection. In this role, I conduct and coordinate quality efficacy trials in the territory of Southern CA and AZ, contributing to the biological profiling and label development of new and registered products.


  • 2011–2016
    PhD Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
  • 2007–2011
    Bachelor of Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Professional Memberships

  • American Phytopathological Society
  • California Association of Pest Control Advisors
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Pi Alpha Xi Horticultural Honor Society
  • International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions