I obtained a BS degree in botany at Obafemi Awolowo University, a MS degree in genetics at University of Ibadan, and a PhD in genetics at Clemson University. Following postdoctoral positions at Clemson University and NC State University, and an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor, I joined the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
By integrating quantitative genetics and the more recent genomic technologies, my goal is to understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying important agronomic traits, particularly complex diseases in plants. My research interest focuses on understanding how multi-way plant-pathogen-microbe interactions modulate plant diseases and defense response pathways. To achieve this at the systems level, I am developing new methods and bioinformatic tools to aid integration of multi-omic datasets.