Indian Phytopathological Society 

New Delhi


Casiana M. Vera Cruz

Casiana M. Vera Cruz

Profession:  Plant Pathologist

Current Position: Consultant, International Rice Research Institute, DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, The Philippines, Telephone: Office: +63 (2) 580-5600; 845-0563 ext. 2727, 2212; Mobile: +639178988147; FAX: +63 (2) 580-5699, 845-0606, 891-1292; Email:;

Education: Ph.D. in 1996, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A. (Plant Pathology); M.Sc. in 1984, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines (Plant Pathology); B.Sc. in 1974, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines (Agriculture (Microbiology)

Professional Positions (Since terminal degree): 01/2017-12/2017, Senior Scientist II, Plant Pathology, Lead, Host Plant Resistance Cluster, Genetics & Biotechnology, and Rice Breeding Platform, IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines; 01/2011-12/2016, Senior Scientist II, Plant Pathology, IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines; 01/2004-12/2010, Senior Scientist, Plant Pathology, IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines; 03/2000-12/2003, Plant Pathologist, Entomology & Plant Pathology Div (EPPD), IRRI, Philippines; 11/1998-02/2000, Consultant, Asian Rice Biotechnology Network, EPPD, IRRI, Philippines; 06/1997-02/2000, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UPLB, Philippines

Professional Service and Synergistic Activities (Selected): Member, Editorial Committee, Annual Review of Phytopathology (2016-2020); Adjunct Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Dept of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, USA (2011-2013, 2014-2016, 2017-2019); Adjunct Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University, Australia (2010-2014); Review Editor, Frontiers in Plant-Microbe Interaction (2011-2013); Member, Assessment Committee, PhD examination-Plant Pathology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2002, 2011); Associate Editor, Phytopathology, Journal of the American Phytopathological Society (2008-2011); Member, External Examiner, Ph.D. Examination Committee, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (2007, 2013); Reviewer, Research proposal submitted to the call of ERA-NET Plant Genomics on “Structuring Plant Genomic Research in Europe”, ERA-PG Call Secretariat, The Hague, The Netherlands (2006); Ph.D. Thesis Examiner, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh (2005 & 2006); Member, Supervisory Committee, Graduate Council, Kansas State University, KS (2003-2004); Member of the Graduate Faculty in Plant Pathology/Microbiology/Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, as Committee Co-Chair and Committee Member to Master Students, and as Committee Co-Chair and Member to Doctoral Students, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines (2006-2008, 2012 to present)

Research Interests: Functional genomics of broad-spectrum disease resistance; Molecular host-pathogen interactions; Disease management (gene-based); Development of markers and application of marker-assisted selection in crop improvement; Population biology/structure of plant pathogen; Biodiversity & in-situ conservation; Root health in relation to aerobic rice; Seed health management related to Community Seed Bank and seed diagnostics

Professional Society Memberships: New York Academy of Sciences; Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture; American Phytopathological Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Philippine Phytopathological Society (Life Member); Philippine Society for Microbiology (Life Member); Philippine Mycological Society; Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science; International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (Philippine Chapter)

Publications (As of March 2018):  Peer-reviewed publications = 84;  Non-refereed technical publications/abstracts/paper-poster presentations = 106;  Book edited = 1;  Book chapter = 4;  Proceedings = 17;  Manual = 6

Graduate and undergraduate research students trained/mentored (number)Ph.D. = 20;  M.S. = 16;  B.S. = 13