Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor of Plant Pathology, joined OSU in 1984 and was appointed Sarkeys Distinguished Professor in 2001 and Regents Professor in 2008. Fletcher is Director of the National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity, a multidisciplinary OSU initiative that addresses high priority national issues in research, teaching/education and outreach, and serves as a spoke laboratory Federal laboratories in the area of plant pathogen forensics. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation’s Agricultural Bioterrorism Working Group and several federal biosecurity advisory panels. Dr. Fletcher’s research focuses on mechanisms of virulence and insect transmission of plant pathogenic bacteria; the relationships between human pathogens, such as Escherichia coli, and plants; and on the emerging disciplines of microbial forensics and agricultural biosecurity. She is a Fellow of both the American Phytopathological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.