Lucky Mehra

Lucky Mehra

Plant Disease Epidemiologist

About me

I am a plant disease epidemiologist by training. I worked on epidemiology of Septoria nodorum blotch during my PhD from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. In my MS, I worked on postharvest diseases of blueberry and pomegranate at University of Georgia, Athens.

In addition to plant pathology, I love data analysis and programming in R, SAS, and python. In my free time, I enjoy reading news (mainly technology), watching TV, hiking, singing rhymes with my daughter, and gardening.

I was a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. I taught Principles of Plant Pathology (PLPTH 500) that was offered every spring semester. This is a fundamental course in plant pathology that introduces students to nature of plant pathogens and to cause, effect, and management of plant diseases.

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  • Disease modeling
  • R programming
  • Teaching


  • PhD in Plant Pathology/Statistics, 2015

    North Carolina State University

  • MS in Plant Pathology, 2010

    The University of Georgia

  • BSc in Agriculture, 2008

    Punjab Agricultural University



Teaching Assistant Professor

Kansas State University

Jan 2018 – Jul 2020 Kansas

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching Plant Pathology
  • Teaching R Programming
  • Statistical analysis

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

North Carolina State University

Jul 2016 – Dec 2017 Florida
Modeling of spatial and temporal spread of plant diseases.

Laboratory Assistant

North Carolina State University

Feb 2016 – Jun 2016 North Carolina
Analyzed cucurbit downy mildew and wheat powdery mildew data.


Instructional activities

  • Principles of plant pathology (PLPTH 500) at Kansas State University (offered every spring semester).
  • Lab teaching of Crop Diseases (PLPTH 585) with Judy O’Mara (offered every fall semester).
  • Developing an Introduction to R workshop with Dr. Sydney Everhart.
    • co-taught with Sydney Everhart and Nikita Gambhir at University of Nebraska, Lincoln on March 11th, 2019.
    • taught with Daljit Singh at Kansas State University, Manhattan on June 27th, 2019.
    • taught to undergraduate students from ANGRAU, India on July 2nd, 2019.
  • Creating plant disease epidemiology excercises in R in collaboration with Tim Todd.

Teaching assistance

At Department of Plant Pathology, NCSU
  • PP 318 (Forest Pathology) in Spring 2014.
  • PP 315 (Principles of Plant Pathology) in Fall 2013.
  • PP 590 (Field Plant Pathology in NC) during Fall 2012.
At Department of Plant Pathology, UGA
  • Path 4400/6400 (Plant Pathology for Teachers) during Spring 2010.


Effective Teaching Practices

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Plant Pathology