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Kithan, Rose

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
4245 Molecular Plant Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-9182



Rosalane Kithan is a second-year graduate student in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, studying plant-microbe interactions at Dr. Sheng-Yang He’s lab. Her research interest is to investigate how microbial communities are established in the phyllosphere. It is unclear if plant immunity is the only mechanism that controls the growth of bacterial endophytes or other mechanisms are at play. Her PhD research focuses on: i) identifying gene(s) that control the plant microbiome for optimal plant growth and ii) understanding the molecular mechanisms of leaf-associated microbe-microbe interactions and how their interactions influence the bacterial phyllosphere microbiome. Rose has had a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture, and the potential that biotechnology can bring. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the School of Agriculture Sciences and Rural Development, Nagaland, India and a dual Master’s degree in Agriculture Biotechnology from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.