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Dr. Ana Maria Pastrana Leon

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Plant Pathology Advisor
UC Cooperative Extension - Imperial County
1050 East Holton Road
Holtville, CA 92250-9615
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San Diego County
Riverside County


Ana M. Pastrana joined UC ANR on January 16, 2024, assuming the role of Plant Pathology Advisor for Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego counties.

Before this position, Dr. Pastrana contributed her expertise as a Research Scientist in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Seville, Spain, from 2022 to 2024. During her time there, she conducted valuable research and shared her knowledge by teaching a graduate-level Plant Health course.

From 2020-2022, Ana played a significant role as a Research Scientist-Plant Pathology at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Canada, where she focused on greenhouse vegetable diseases.

Dr. Pastrana earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from IFAPA, Spain, and subsequently advanced her research during post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Davis, USA.

With over a decade of experience, Ana has focused on investigating the etiology, epidemiology, and management of plant diseases within agricultural ecosystems.


Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Seville, Spain. 2024
M.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology - Plant Pathology, University of Seville, Spain. 2011
B.S. Biology, University of Seville, Spain. 2009


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