Dr. Shahin S. Ali is currently a visiting scientist at the Sustainable and Perennial Crop Lab., Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), USDA/ARS, Maryland, USA. He is studying the differential gene response in cacao (the cholate tree) and multiple fungal pathogens during infection using functional genomic approaches. He is also leading the genome project on Phytophthorapalmivora and P. Megakarya. Dr. Ali has completed his B.Sc. (Agri.) and M.Sc. (Agri.) in Agricultural Biotechnology from Assam Agricultural University, India. During his M.Sc., he gained in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical experience in plant molecular biology, biochemistry and plant physiology. Dr. Ali moved to Ireland in 2008 to pursue his Ph.D. from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland and completed his degree in 2012. His Ph.D. research was on exploiting the molecular interaction between the fungus and plant cell wall during bio-ethanol production, which involved differential transcriptomic studies, gene identification, cloning, silencing and over-expression of various genes in the fungal system and yeast expression system. During his short period as a postdoctoral researcher in UCD, he studied Fusarium head blight and brassinosteroid mediated plant defence response of wheat and barley. Dr. Alihas10 years of hands-on experience in plant-microbe interaction, fungal biology and functional genomics and 10 years of experiencein plant molecular biology. He has more than 20 scholarly publications and has participated in numerous presentations in various meetings and conferences across Europe and America. He has 4 years of teaching experience as apost graduate teacher and senior postgraduate demonstrator at UCD, Ireland and served as a mentor for several undergraduate and graduate students. He served as a reviewer for several manuscripts in various scientific journals.
Molecular plant pathology; Fungal biology; Plant-microbe interaction; Plant endophytes; Functional genomics; Comparative genomics; Transcriptomics; Fungal genomics and genetics; Lignocellulosic bioethanol; Consolidated bioprocessing.