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Sasha Marine

Collegiate Assistant Professor
  • Director of VT-Research, Extension and Learning Program
  • Biochemistry Teaching and Learning
Sasha Marine
542 Latham Hall


Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Virginia Tech, VA, 2012

B.S., Biochemistry and Biotechnology, St. Cloud State University, MN, 2006


  • August 2017 - Present: Collegiate Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech
  • February 2016 - July 2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Virginia Tech
  • January – May 2014 – Adjunct, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
  • May 2012 – January 2016: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Courses Taught

BCHM 2024: Concepts of Biochemistry

BCHM 3634: Analysis of Biochemical Literature

ENT 6004: Writing and Professional Development in the Agricultural Sciences

Program coordinator for VT-REEL, a 10-week summer undergraduate research program focused on translational plant science and food security. Fellows accepted into VT-REEL conduct independent hands-on research, exploring basic bench-top science and its field applications. Fellows also participate in scientific workshops, a journal club, extension field days, and an annual summer research symposium. Faculty serving as VT-REEL mentors are affiliated with Translational Plant Sciences, the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Entomology, the Department of Food Science and Technology, and the Department of Biochemistry.

VT-REEL website

Dr. Marine's PubMed Site

Dr. Marine's Google Scholar Site

Cridland C, Drape T, Marine S, Gillaspy G. 2021. Ten best practices for taking experiential learning online. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 49.

Mechan Llontop ME, Hurley K, Tian L, Bernal Galeano VA, Wildschutte HK, Marine SC, Yoder KS, Vinatzer BA. 2020. Exploring rain as a source of biological control agents for fire blight on apple. Frontiers in Microbiology 11.

Likins TM, Kong P, Avenot HF, Marine SC, Baudoin A, Hong CX. 2018. Preventing soil inoculum of Calonectria pseudonaviculata from splashing onto healthy boxwood foliage by mulching. Plant Disease 103(2).

Park E, Bolten S, Marine SC, Reed-Jones NL, Everts KL, Micallef SA, Luo Y. 2018. Consumer preference and physiochemical evaluation of organically grown melon following a cover crop. Postharvest Biology and Technology 141.

Marine SC, Baudoin AB, Hong CX. 2017. Effect of initial darkness duration on the pathogenicity of Calonectria pseudonaviculata on boxwood. Plant Pathology 67.

Marine SC, Newark MJ, Korir RC, Everts KL. 2016. Evaluation of rotational biopesticide programs for disease management in organic cucurbit production. Plant Disease 100.

Callahan MT, Marine SC, Everts KL, Micallef SA. 2016. Drip line flushing with chlorine may not be effective in reducing bacterial loads in irrigation water distribution systems. Journal of Food Protection 79.

Reed-Jones NL, Marine SC, Everts KL, Micallef SA. 2016. Effect of cover crop species and season on population dynamics of Escherichia coli and Listeria innocua in soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82.

Marine SC, Martin D, Adalja A, Mathew S, Everts K. 2015. Effect of market channel, farm scale, and years in production on mid-Atlantic vegetable producers' knowledge and implementation of Good Agricultural Practices. Food Control 59.

Marine SC, Pagadala S, Wang F, Pahl DM, Melendez MV, Kline WL, Oni RA, Walsh CS, Everts KL, Buchanan RL, Micallef SA. 2015. Growing season, but not farming system, a food safety risk determinant for leafy greens in the mid-Atlantic region. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81.

Pagadala S, Marine SC, Micallef SA, Wang F, Pahl DM, Melendez MV, Kline WL, Oni RA, Walsh CS, Everts KL, Buchanan RL. 2015. Assessment of region, farming system, irrigation source and sampling time as food safety risk factors for tomatoes. International Journal of Food Microbiology 196.

Marine SC, Micallef SA, Pagadala S, Wang F, Pahl DM, Melendez MV, Oni RA, Walsh CS, Kline WL, Everts KL, Buchanan RL. 2013. Occurrence and distribution of pathogenic and indicator bacteria on conventionally and organically grown tomatoes and leafy greens in the mid-Atlantic. Phytopathology 103.

Marine SC, Schmale DG, Yoder KS. 2012. First report of reduced sensitivity to a QoI fungicide in apple scab (Venturia inaequalis) in Virginia and Maryland. Plant Disease 96.