Project Personnel

Cucurbit Breeding

Here you will find the list of project personnel, including technicians, visiting scientists, graduate students, and interns.

For those of you interested in the history of those who have worked here, see the

For graduate students, see graduate students at work in cucurbit breeding.

New personnel, see getting established.

If you are interested in working on the cucurbit breeding project, see job opportunities.

Project Leader


  • Emily Silverman, Research specialist
  • Terri Williams, Project assistant (Lab)
  • Thomas Froass, Project assistant (Field)
  • Anne Hoover, Project assistant (Greenhouse)


  • Sandie Wash, Accounting assistant

Graduate Students (see photographs of grad. students at work)

  • Lauren Arteman (U.S.A.), RA – Optimum production systems for parthenocarpic pickling cucumber, MS 2018: Currently graduate assistant at North Carolina State Univ.
  • Takshay Patel (India), RA – Screening for resistance to anthracnose in the watermelon germplasm collection, PhD 2018: Currently graduate assistant at North Carolina State Univ.
  • Emily Silverman (U.S.A.), RA – High resistance to downy mildew in cucumber, PhD 2019: Currently research specialist for North Carolina State Univ.

Visiting Scientists / Postdoctoral Research Associates

  • Jitendra Dapke (India), Visiting Scientist, Cucumber breeding, 2018
  • Elzbieta Kozik (Poland), Visiting Scientist, Chilling resistance in stevia, 2018
  • Luis Rivera (Purdue University) Research Associate, Disease resistance in watermelon, 2016-2018

Project Assistants

  • Sicely Sosh, Greenhouse assistant
  • Elliott Hall, Greenhouse assistant
  • David Denton, Greenhouse assistant
  • Christin Gest, Intern
  • Jasmine Hamilton, Greenhouse assistant
  • Damon Thornton, Greenhouse assistant