|2011||M.Sc. Plant Protection. Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Thesis: Culture independent quantification of Bdellovibrio-and-like organisms from a zero discharge aquaculture system.|
|2008||B.Sc. Agriculture. Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.|
Conditions promoting recombination in Xylella fastidiosa.
Awards and Fellowships:
- 2016- Student Travel Award, American Phytopathological Society
- 2016 – Outstanding Ph.D. student of Department of Plant Pathology, Auburn University
- 2012 – Travel award for First Pears Foundation Alumni Workship at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
- 2011 – Full scholarship for a summer course at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Science Engineering (SCELSE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- 2010 – Scholarship for M.Sc. thesis stream by Pears Foundation, UK
- 2009 – Johny Fraser Memorial Scholarship for M.Sc. studies in Nutritional Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
- 2004-2008 – Tribhuvan University Fellowship for undergraduate studies
- Kandel, P. P., Almeida, R. P., Cobine, A., De La Fuente, L. 2017. Natural competence rates are variable among Xylella fastidiosa strains and homologous recombination occurs in vitro between subspecies fastidiosa and multiplex. Mol Plant Microbe Interact -Accepted for publication with minor revisions.
- Kandel, P. P., Lopez, S. M., Almeida, R. P. P., and L. De La Fuente. 2016. Natural competence of Xyllela fastidiosa occurs at a high frequency inside microfluidic chambers mimicking the bacterium´s natural habitats. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(17): 5269-5277.
- Kandel, P.P., Z. Pasternak, J. van Rijn, O. Nahum, and E. Jurkevitch. 2014. Abundance, diversity and seasonal dynamics of predatory bacteria in aquaculture zero discharge systems. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, published online 12 May 2014.
- 2016: Poster, ‘Xylella fastidiosa isolates differ in their ability to undergo genetic recombination’ at 2016 American Phytopathological Society (APS) Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, USA
- 2015: Talk, ‘Genetic recombination of Xylella fastidiosa cultured in microfluidic chambers with grape vine sap’ at 2015 APS Southern Division Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA
- 2014 – Kandel, P.P. and L. De La Fuente. Effect of growth media composition on natural competence of Xylella fastidiosa. Poster: American Phytopathological Society – Canadian Phytopathological Society (APS-CPS) Joint Meeting, Aug 9-13, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- 2012 – Kandel, P.P., J. van Rijn, and E. Jurkevitch. Prospects of the zero discharge system in nutrition and health. Talk: First Pears Foundation Alumni Workshop, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
- 2011 – Kandel, P.P. and E. Jurkevitch. Bdellovibrio-and-like organisms and biofilms. Talk: First Summer Course on biofilms. SCELSE, Singapore.