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Andres Espindola Camacho

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Andres Espindola Camacho
Post Doctoral Fellow
Plant Pathology, bioinformatics, diagnostics 
Development of tools to effectively detect plant pathogens using high throughput sequencing


  • B.S., Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas, Ecuador., Biotechnology Engineering
  • M.Sc., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Entomology and Plant Pathology
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Plant Pathology
  • Graduate certificate Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. Bioinformatics



After receiving his BS, Dr. Espindola moved to Oklahoma State University where he received a MS. and Ph.D. degrees. During his graduate studies  (2011-2013), he worked on next generation sequencing (NGS) metagenome data analysis of plant-pathogen interaction systems to rapidly detect eukaryotic plant pathogens. Dr. Espindola and other students designed a bioinformatic tool termed EDNA (E-probe Diagnostic Nucleic acid Analysis) that effectively detects plant pathogens in sequenced metagenomes. Dr. Espindola’s Ph.D. research (2013-2016) focused on the refinement of EDNA (termed EDNAtran) to detect actively infecting plant pathogens using transcriptomics and metatranscriptomic databases.  Additional EDNAtran refinements included the detection of active metabolic pathways in plant-pathogen interaction systems, specifically the detection of metabolic transcripts involved in the production of aflatoxin in toxigenic Aspergillus flavus strains in corn. Currently, Dr. Espindola has joined NIMFFAB as a postdoctoral researcher to work on further refinements of EDNA which will ultimately add new statistical and bioinformatic approaches to make EDNA effectively available to the research, regulatory and law enforcement communities.