Bode Adebowale Olukolu, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
  Entomology and Plant Pathology
  
Office: 352 Plant Biotech
Phone: (864) 650-3310
Email: bolukolu@utk.edu


Responsibilities
  • Quantitatively inherited or complex traits are typically the most important traits for crop production and quality, and are often adversely affected by biotic and abiotic stresses in unpredictable ways. The complexities of interactions underlying these traits are particularly apparent in plant systems with their dynamic and plastic genomes that must control adaptation to stress in their sessile state. To tackle these issues, Dr. Olukoluís research interests encompass molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and quantitative genetics. By integrating quantitative genetics and the more recent genomic technologies, he seeks to understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms controlling important traits. This approach aims to facilitate more targeted and rapid strategies for crop improvement.
Biographical sketch

Dr. Olukolu started his career at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria evaluating genetic and phenotypic diversity in an under-utilized crop, Bambara groundnut, in sub-Saharan Africa. While at IITA, he also studied the genetics and breeding of bananas and plantains. Bode completed his PhD at Clemson University, SC, where he worked on the genetics of chilling requirement and dormancy bud break in stone fruits. Subsequently, he joined the American Chestnut Restoration program to map for resistance in chestnut blight and root rot. He worked on maize for four years as a postdoc and now works on sweetpotato and potato.

Education

Ph.D., Clemson University