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CAHNRS Department of Horticulture Genomics Lab

Graduate students

When you enroll in the graduate program at Washington State University, you become part of a team of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to the scientific and intellectual pursuit of knowledge. When you join the Dhingra lab you can enroll in the Horticulture or the interdisciplinary Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) graduate programs. Several of the current and past graduate students are  recipients of the NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Fellowship and the ARCS Fellowship.

Current Graduate Students

RyanCRyan Christian – MPS

NIH Protein Biotech Trainee



SeannaSeanna Hewitt – MPS

NIH Protein Biotech Trainee



KathieNKathie Nicholson – Horticulture




BruceWBruce Williamson – MPS



No Photo             Daylen Issac – Horticulture


Elvir Tenic – MPS



Former Graduate Students (Ph.D. and M.S.)



Danielle Guzman – MS Horticulture, 2017




Ben Kilian –  Ph.D. MPS, 2016

Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA


JamesCJames Crabb – Ph.D. Horticulture, 2016





Eliane Bodah Ph.D. Horticulture, 2014

Assistant professor, Seattle University

Seattle, WA

RickSRick Sharpe, Ph.D. MPS, 2014

Post-doc, WSU



ChrisHChristopher Hendrickson, Ph.D. Horticulture, 2014

Assistant professor, National University

La Jolla, CA


  • Rachel Daniel, M.S. Horticulture 2014
  • Marco Galli, M.S. Horticulture 2013
  • Ge Fan, M.S. Agriculture 2013


Scott Schaeffer, Ph.D. MPS, 2013

Postdoc, Baylor College of Medicine – Scientist, Indigo Agriculture



TysonKTyson Koepke, Ph.D. MPS, 2012

Director of Operations, Phytelligence Inc.



DerickDerick Jiwan, Ph.D. MPS, 2011

Scientist, USDA



  • Vandhana Krishnan, M.S. Computer Science 2011 – Scientist, USDA