Wagner is currently working on his Master's degree and his research aims to elucidate the molecular basis of race determination and pathogenicity in Cercospora sojina, the causal agent of Frogeye leaf spot (FLS) on soybeans. During his BSc in Biology in Brazil at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Su (PUCRS), Wagner worked in different projects involving plant secondary metabolism and defense mechanisms as Induced Systemic Resistance (ISR) promoted by Plant-Growth Promoting Rhizobacterias (PGPRs). Also during his undergrad degree, he had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Adair & Bollenbacher summer internship of the Department of Plant Pathology at University or Arkansas, working in molecular genetics aspects of different pathogens of soybean and corn. His main research interests include molecular aspects of plant-pathogen interactions and the mechanisms in which the host resistance is defeated by pathogens.
Wagner is pursuing an M.S. in Plant Pathology