I am a visiting fellow from the Department of Entomology at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. I have a MS in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in Crop Sciences and Horticulture from Corvinus University of Budapest. I have been teaching Biological Bases of Entomology, Applied Entomology, Biological Control, Identification and Forecast of Pests, Integrated Pest Management and Industrial Plant Protection for 10 years.
I first joined the Shelton Lab in 2009 with support from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for 5 months, then the second time in 2010 on a mobility grant in the Corvinus Visiting Scholar Program for 5 months. I am currently on a 2-years mobility grant co-funded by Marie Curie Actions of EU FP7 and supported by the National Development Agency (Hungary) and the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund.
I study the resistance of cabbage to Thrips tabaci. I am interested in identifying the mechanisms of resistance and the plant traits that are responsible for them. The goal of my studies is to contribute to breeding efforts of producing thrips resistant cabbage varieties and to develop new management strategies by better understanding this plant-pest interaction.