Mandeeep Tayal


Mandeep Tayal

Ph.D. Candidate Entomology

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill.

About Me

I am Mandeep Tayal, Ph.D. Candidate in the Entomology program in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University. I am originally from Punjab, India, where I did my undergraduate from Punjab Agricultural University. I did my MS at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas, where I worked with Dr. Rupesh Kariyat studying Pollination Biology and Integrated Pest Management. In Fall of 2020, I was awarded Carl and Ruby Nettles Memorial Fellowship to pursue my Ph.D. studies, working with Dr. Elizabeth Cieniewicz in Plant Virology Lab. My graduate research focuses on understanding the role of insects in the transmission of pollen-borne viruses in peaches in South Carolina. In my free time, I like to travel, cook and listen to native music.

Mandeep Tayal



    2020 - Current

    Clemson University



    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.



    Punjab Agricultural University





Leadership Services

1.      Student Member, Entomological Society of America Southeastern Branch (ESA SEB) Nomination Committee, and Liaison with Student Affairs Committee, (April 2024- Present)

2.     Served as a Graduate Student Representative for the South Carolina Entomological Society’s J.H. Cochran Excellence in Entomology Award Committee (May 2023)

3.     Served as an Entomology Program Senator to the Graduate Student Government at Clemson University for the 2023- 2024 academic year (April 2023-June 2024)

4.     Serving as a Graduate Student Representative in the PES Search and Selection Committee (April 2023- Present)

5.     Lead organizer of a symposium ‘Plants, Insects, Microbes: Who Is the Key Driver of Interaction Outcomes in Agricultural Ecosystems? at ESA 2023 Annual Meeting in National   Harbor, MD, USA.

6.     Co-organizer of a symposium 'Entomologists of Indian Origin: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons at ESA 2023 Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD, USA.

7.     Active member of Clemson University PES-GSA Professional Development and Social Committee (Feb 2023-Present)

8.     Student representative in Plant and Environmental Sciences Departmental External Advisory Committee (April 2022-Present)

9.     President of Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Association (PES-GSA) at Clemon University (Feb 2022-Jan 2023)

10.   Served as a Secretary of the PES Graduate Student Association at Clemson University (Feb 2021-Jan 2022)

11.    Active member of Clemson University Entomology Club (Jan 2021-Present)

12.    Co-organizer of a symposium ‘Plant Responses to Insect Herbivory: Molecular Mechanisms and Ecological Interactions’ at ESA 2021 NCB Virtual Meeting from June 21-June 23, 2021

Volunteer Services

1. Judge, ESA-SEB Master Student 10-minute Competition 2. (March 2024)

2. Moderator, Graduate Student 10-minute paper competition on Chemical Ecology-2 at 2023 Annual Meeting of ESA, National Harbor, MD. (Nov 2023)

3. Moderator, Technical Session on ‘Interesting Topics in Virology’ at Plant Health 2023 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (August 2023)

4. Judged 14 undergraduate research posters at Focus on Creative Inquiry Symposium, Clemson University, SC (April 2023)

5. Lead chef in preparing food for PES-GSA Fundraising Event at Clemson University International Food Festival and it resulted to raise $1300 for PES-GSA (April 2023)

6. Moderated Graduate Student 10-minute paper competition on Biodiversity, Ecology, and Pollinators at 2022 ESA, ESC and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting (Nov 2022)

7. Judged six undergraduate research posters at Focus on Creative Inquiry Symposium, Clemson University, SC (April 2022)

8. Worked with CU Entomology Club on maintaining a new Educational Trail at Clemson University Cherry Farm, Clemson, SC (Feb 2022)

9. Volunteered for the STEM ALL IN event for prospective students’ recruitment week to guide and discuss Clemson programs with prospective students (Jan 2022)

10. Volunteered at Diversity and Inclusion Display Exhibition and Presentation Preview Room at Entomology 2021 Annual Meeting at Denver, CO, USA (Nov 2021)

11. Contributed toward workshop activities focused on ‘Increasing Minority Student Recruitment to Plant Sciences by Enhancing High School Curriculum through Teacher Training’ organized by Dr. Rupesh Kariyat (Project Director), under Plant Bloome 2019 grant at Department of Biology, UTRGV (August 2019) 

Outreach Activities

1. Participated and represented the Entomology program and CAFLS at Clemson University Men of Color National Summit at Greenville Convention Center, SC. (April 2024)

2. Participated in PES-GSA RECs tour to learn research programs, meeting with faculty and graduate students at Clemson University Coastal, Edisto, and Pee Dee Centers (June 2023)

3. Led and represented Clemson University Entomology Club at Be a T.I.G.E.R Field Day to share Entomology knowledge with kids and the general public at Clemson University (April 2023)

4. Assisted Dr. Suellen’s Butterfly biodiversity field trip in butterflies collection and identification based on captured pictures at SC Botanical Garden, Clemson, SC (Sept 2022)

5. Participated and represented Clemon University Entomology Club at the ‘Butterfly’ festival to share butterfly life-cycle knowledge with the public and kids at South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, SC (Oct 2021)

6. Participated in hosting a booth and educating the public on local insects at the Party for the Planet event organized at Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX (April 2019)

7. Set up live insect exhibition booth on Annual Monarch Fest at Quinta Mazatlán, McAllen, TX (March 2019)

8. Participated in insect booth setup with live insect specimens and their hosts with their detailed life cycles at HESTEC (Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week). (Oct 2018)

Contact Me

Phone Number


Send me an email

[email protected]

Contact Address

200 BRC


You can ask me about anything here, just type your name and e-mail and I'll answer you as soon as possible.





image title here
href="#" id="myBtn"