Dr. Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca is a plant pathology diagnostician with the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. She completed her microbiology bachelor of science thesis work at International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT,ciat.cgiar.org), and was a graduate assistant in Dr. Mary Hausbeck’s lab (Vegetable and Ornamental Pathology at Michigan State University) for six years. To complete her master's degree, she worked with soil borne pathogens (Fusarium and Phytophthora) in asparagus, and earned her doctoral degree, characterizing new foliar pathogens (Colletotrichum spp.) causing anthracnose in onion and celery.
While finishing her doctorate, she interned with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) as a commercial vegetable crops educator. With MSUE, she supported extension statewide for vegetable crops diseases, and assisted vegetable growers in southeast Michigan with integrated pest management (IPM), horticulture, entomology, and weed management decisions.