Ali is leading research in forage and bioenergy breeding and genetics at the University of Georgia and teaches advanced plant breeding at the Institute of Plant Breeding Genetics and Genomics. Prior to this role, he worked as Discovery Breeding scientist with Monsanto for 7 years focusing on developing molecular approaches for capturing genetic diversity and maximizing the efficiency of germplasm enhancement. His research interests are focused primarily on applied genetic research of perennial cool season grasses and legumes in addition to perennial grasses as feedstocks with improved suitability as biofuel. He works toward integrating molecular technologies into crop improvement.
Title : Breeding for climate change: Dissecting key adaptation traits in Medicago sativa through QTL mapping