Mahtab Peyambari

After completing my Bachelor degree in Plant Protection, I received my Master degree in Plant Pathology at University of Tehran. My study was about determination of seedborne percentages of Bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) and Bean common mosaic necrosis virus (BCMNV) in three bean genotypes. I have found myself very enthusiastic about viruses and it has encouraged me to persist in my goal of earning a Ph.D in plant virology. My Ph.D research focused on mycoviruses (fungal viruses). During my study I have identified different mycoviruses, which infect different Cytospora species.

Recently, as a visiting scholar at Dr. Roossinck’s lab, I have initiated a project about plant persistent viruses. Plant persistent viruses are asymptomatic, only transmitted vertically, and although they exist in all cells, they do not have any cell-to-cell movement. Persistent viruses are very common in plants, but remain unstudied.