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Caitilyn Allen

Caitilyn Allen

Expert on plant diseases caused by bacteria, tropical plant diseases, genetic engineering for plant disease control, women in science issues

Professor, plant pathology; science adviser to dean of International Studies College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Work: 608-262-9578 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Genetics of plant pathogenic bacteria
  • Tropical plant pathology
  • Bacterial wilt of tomato, geranium and potato (also called potato brown rot)
  • Select agent plant pathogens
  • Increasing the representation of women and minorities in science
  • Increasing international experiences of UW-Madison biology students


  • Author, "Bacterial Wilt and the Ralstonia solanacearum Species Complex" (APS Press, 2005)
  • Palmes Academiques, award from the French government for significant contributions to French education and culture (2008)
  • UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award (1998), American Phytopathological Society National Teaching Award (2005)
  • Founding director, UW-Madison Women In Science and Engineering Residential Program for undergraduates (WISE-RP) (1995-2000)