Santiago Mideros

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mideros studies fungal and oomycete plant pathogens. Based on genetic information from the host and the pathogen, he develops tools for precision management of diseases of field crops.

Primary Disciplines


  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University, 2011
  • M.Sc. Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University, 2006

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2015 to present
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University, 2012 - 2013

Research Interests

  • Develop high-throughput methods for pathogen detection and quantification.
  • Quantify the yield reduction effects of multiple pathogenic organisms.
  • Develop and improve plant disease management methods.
  • Study how plant pathogenic organisms cause disease.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • S. Mideros, C-L. Chung, T. Wiesner-Hanks, J. Poland, D. Wu, A. Fialko, B. Turgeon, and R. Nelson. 2018. Determinants of virulence and in vitro development colocalize on a genetic map of Setosphaeria turcica. Phytopathology 108: 254-263.
  • S. Mideros, M. Warburton, T. Jamann, G. Windham, W.P. Williams, and R. Nelson. 2014. Quantitative trait loci for resistance to Aspergillus ear rot: analysis by mapping, near-isogenic lines and meta-analysis. Crop Science. 54: 127-142
  • S. Mideros, G.L. Windham, W.P. Williams, and R.J. Nelson. 2012. Tissue-specific components of resistance to Aspergillus ear rot of maize. Phytopathology 102: 787-793.
  • D. Tucker, S. Maroof, S. Mideros, J. Skoneczka, D. Nabati, G. Buss, I. Hoeschele, B. Tyler, S. St.Martin, A. Dorrance. 2010. Mapping quantitative trait loci for partial resistance to Phytophtora sojae in a soybean interspecific cross. Crop Science. 50 (2) 628-635
  • S. Mideros, G.L. Windham, W.P. Williams, and R.J. Nelson. 2009. Aspergillus flavus biomass in maize estimated by quantitative real-time PCR is strongly correlated with aflatoxin concentration. Plant Dis. 93: 1163-1170
  • L. Zhou, S. Mideros, L. Bao, R. Hanlon, F.D. Arredondo, S. Tripathy, K. Krampis, A. Jerauld, C. Evans, S. St.Martin, M. Saghai-Maroof, I. Hoeschele, A. Dorrance, and B. Tyler. 2009. Infection and genotype remodel the entire soybean transcriptome. BMC Genomics 10: 49
  • S. Mideros, M. Nita, A. Dorrance. 2007. Characterization of components of partial resistance, Rps2, and root resistance to Phytophthora sojae in soybean. Phytopathology. 97 (5): 655-622