Santiago Mideros

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mideros translates his research on plant pathogens of Illinois field crops into practical management recommendations for producers that increase yield and preserve natural resources.

Primary Disciplines


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

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), 2011 - 2012
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University, 2012 - 2013
  • Scientist, BASF Plant Science, 2013 - 2015
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2015 to present

Research Interests

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

Selected Articles in Journals

  • 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
  • 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, 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
  • 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. 2012. Tissue-specific components of resistance to Aspergillus ear rot of maize. Phytopathology 102: 787-793.
  • 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