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Francisco Ochoa-Corona

Francisco Ochoa-Corona

Francisco Ochoa Corona
Associate Professor
Diagnostics & detection, agricultural biosecurity


  • Ag. Eng., University of Zulia State, Venezuela
  • M.S., University of Central Venezuela, Plant Protection
  • Ph.D., University of Florida, Plant Pathology
  • Postdoc, University of Florida, Plant Virology


Dr. Ochoa Corona received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and is a forensic plant pathologist, specializing in developing and delivering reference diagnostics for exotic, naturalized, and indigenous plant viruses and other phytopathogens of relevance to agricultural biosecurity and microbial forensics.  He then served as Principle Advisor, Virology, of the Investigation and Diagnostic Centre (IDC) at Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), in Auckland, NZ. His work is applicable to plant pathogens that can be intercepted at borders or detected by general surveillance of field settings or within transitional facilities.

Dr. Ochoa Corona moved to NIMFFAB, at OSU, in 2008. His current research includes adaptation and development of novel tools for sampling, pathogen detection and discrimination and diagnostics. Also targeted are the identification of molecular landmarks and signatures, and the implications of such genetic data for elucidating taxonomic relationships, host-pathogen associations and pathogen detection (including select agents and other high consequence microorganisms). Of particular interest are the prediction of biosecurity threats, monitoring of the disease dynamics of relevant plant pathogens, tracking of their global dispersal routes and delimiting their bio-geographic distribution.