My name is Abdullah Nahiyan, and I am an MS student in Grape Pathology lab at Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Winchester, VA. My advisor is Dr. Mizuho Nita. My current research focus is on the crown gall of grape and its biocontrol. Besides, I also enjoy working on greenhouse and outdoor projects like fungicide related phytotoxicity, field trials, vineyard management etc.
I was born and raised in Bangladesh, where I grew up in close contact with agricultural production and research from my childhood. I completed my higher secondary certificate (H.S.C.) from Dhaka College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Later, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Gazipur, Bangladesh (BSMRAU) in 2016. Following graduation, I worked as a volunteer research assistant in the plant pathology lab of BSMRAU to collect Asian Soybean Rust pathogen spores for resistant breeding and epidemiological study. Before joining Virginia Tech, I completed my Master of Plant Pathology from NC State University in 2019, where I also worked as a research assistant in a plant pathology lab.