April Lamb

Professional Profile

Graduate Research Assistant

Ph.D. Candidate

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The Farman Lab uses genomic approaches to study mechanisms of pathogenesis in the fungal phytopathogen,
Pyricularia oryzae (syn. Magnaporthe oryzae). My research focuses on the AVR/R interactions of rice blast and
pathogenic variation due to epigenetic and environmental factors.

Additional Information


  • B.S. Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology, University of Kentucky

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology 120 (Spring 2021)
  • Guest Lecturer, Food Microbiology 530 (2020)
  • Ask an Expert, Carter G. Woodson Academy (2020)

Associations, Service & Leadership

  • American Phytopathological Society, Member (2015 - Present)
  • Community Garden Workshop Leader (2021)
  • Association of Plant Pathology Scholars, Secretary (2020-2021)
  • Nerd Squad: National Girls Collaborative Project, USA (2019)
  • University of Kentucky Arboretum and State Botanical Garden Review Board, Student Reviewer (2017-2018)


  • Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning, University of Kentucky (In Progress)
  • Lewis Honor College Graduate, University of Kentucky
  • Certificate of Completion, KY INBRE Next Generation Sequencing Workshop

Awards & Recognition

  • Gertrude Toby Perkins Scholarship, Garden Club of Kentucky (2021-2022)
  • Provost Scholarship, University of Kentucky (2015-2019)
  • Academic Scholarship, University of Kentucky (2018-2019)
  • Thomas Poe Cooper Scholarship, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (2017-2018)
  • Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program, University of Kentucky (2017)
  • Robert Laverne Elmira Scott Scholarship, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment (2016-2017)


  • Fealko, E., D. Szarka, A. Lamb, B. Amsden, J. Beale, E. Pfeufer. 2019. 'First report of black dot root rot, caused by Colletotrichum coccodes, on tomato in Kentucky high tunnels.' Plant Disease; Vol. 103, No. 8, 27 May 2019.