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Associate Professor


  • University of Agricultural Sciences, India, 2001, B.S. (Agriculture)
  • University of Georgia, 2004, M.S. (Entomology)
  • Kansas State University, 2008, Ph.D. (Entomology)

Research Interests

Dr. Nachappa’s research seeks to understand the ecological consequences and molecular mechanisms underlying the interactions between plants, pathogens, and insect vectors. The two key questions of her research program are: (1) how do pathogens affect biology and ecology of their hosts including, insects and plants? and (2) what plant and/or insect responses mediate plant-pathogen-vector interactions? Her other research interests include, predator-prey interactions, host-endosymbiont (symbiotic bacteria present in insects) interactions, biological control of insects, and integrated pest management.