About Us

Dario Cantu, Ph.D.

PI Whole Genome Analytics
co-PI Plant pathogen detection

Dario Cantù received his BS and M.Sc. in Agronomy from University of Milan (Italy) in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from University of California, Davis in 2004. He was a postdoctoral fellow in genomics and bioinformatics in the Dubcovsky lab before joining the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science (CA&ES) faculty at UC Davis in 2012.

Cantù is an assistant professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. His research group uses genomics, genetics, and bioinformatics to understand plant disease resistance and how pathogenic microorganisms infect plants, cause disease, and evolve to overcome plant host resistance and chemical control strategies. His lab has an integrated and systems-oriented approach that provides a novel framework for the development of strategies to achieve durable genetic resistance in important cultivated plant species, such as grape, coffee, cocoa, wheat, and tomato.