Farhana Runa

Farhana Runa completed her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at NCSU in 2014, working with Drs. Payne and Carbone. She is originally from Bangladesh, and obtained her BS in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka. After obtaining a M.Sc in Plant Pathology in 2009 from the University of Arizona working with Dr. Barry Pryor, her NCSU work focused on examining the nuclear condition of Aspergillus flavus. The conidia of A. flavus are multinucleate, but it is not clear whether they are homokaryotic or heterokaryotic. Moreover, the ontogeny and function of multiple nuclei in conidia and their role in the ecology of the fungus are also unknown. The overall goal of Farhana's research was to understand the process of multinucleate conidiation in A. flavus and the impact of nuclear condition on pathogenicity and secondary metabolite biosynthesis.