- Dr. Olufemi Alabi
- Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
- Weslaco Center
- Undergraduate Education
- B.Agric. Plant Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, 1997
- Graduate Education
- M.Sc. Crop Protection and Environmental Biology, University of Ibadan, 2003
- Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Washington State University, 2009
- Early Career Education Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, 2009
- Schroth's Faces of the future in Plant Virology awardee of the American Phytopathological Society, 2010
Extension & Outreach Focus
The key goals of my extension program include the (i) timely and accurate diagnosis of viruses and other infectious agents of fruit and vegetable crops, (ii) development and evaluation of disease management tactics, and (iii) active engagement and communication of outcomes of these efforts to growers and industry stakeholders.
I conduct translational studies that address immediate and long-term needs of growers and other stakeholders involved in the production of fruit and vegetable crops. My research program emphasizes virus discovery and characterization, genetic diversity and population genetics studies, and understanding of disease epidemiology. The overarching goal is to utilize the results of these studies to develop science-based disease management strategies.
I am actively engaged in mentoring local and international students/scholars; I serve on graduate committees of M.S. and Ph.D. students. I also guest-lecture in classes taught by colleagues.