Having joined Eurofins BioDiagnostics in November 2016, Periasamy (Ravi) Chitrampalam is responsible for developing advanced protocols for pathogens of importance to the seed industry. With expertise in plant pathology, using both applied and molecular techniques, he is working on molecular techniques that exclusively identify live target of concern from seeds. Prior to joining Eurofins, Chitrampalam served as a research scientist at North Dakota State University. He earned a bachelor’s in agriculture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India in 2000, a master’s in plant pathology from Punjab Agricultural University in 2002, and a doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Arizona in 2009. Chitrampalam’s research interests include biology, etiology, epidemiology, population genetics and management of plant pathogens.