Maher Al Rwahnih
Department of Plant Pathology
The University of California Davis, Foundation Plant Services, USA
Dr. Maher Al Rwahnih After receiving his PhD in Plant Virology in 2004 from the University of Bari, Italy, Maher Al Rwahnih joined the Foundation Plant Services division of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis, where he is currently an Assistant Project Scientist working on the development of diagnostic tools for the detection and analysis of plant viruses. He has a Masters Degree in Integrated Pest Management of Mediterranean Fruit Tree Crops from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Bari, Italy in 2000 specializing in Plant Virology, and a B.A in Plant Protection in 1998 from the University of Jordan, Amman. Dr Al Rwahnih is an expert in the diagnosis and control of infectious diseases of fruit and nut trees, and in grapevine both in Europe and in the U.S. He is a pioneer in the use high throughput genomic sequencing for the detection of vineyard and orchard disease agents.
Application of next generation high throughput sequencing technology for the discovery and characterization of new virus diseases. Development of molecular analyses for the detection of viruses and viroids of fruit trees and grapevines.