Chair - Fungal and Protist Viruses Subcommittee
Department of Biochemistry
Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, Mississippi,USA
Current term (2023): First
Dr. Sead Sabanadzovic, a native of Montenegro, is a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology of Mississippi State University, USA. After graduating in Agriculture from the University of Sarajevo in 1989 he briefly worked at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Montenegro before pursuing further education abroad.
He obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Virology in 1993 (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, MAI-B; Italy) and 1997 (University of Bari; Italy), respectively. From 1997 to 2003 he worked at the MAI-B with a research/didactic appointment. In January 2003 he moved to the University of California, Davis (USA) where he worked until May 2004, when he joined Mississippi State University as an Associate Professor. While working at MSU, Dr. Sabanadzovic received tenure in 2010 and has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2012. In addition to his research duties, Dr. Sabanadzovic currently teaches two Courses at Mississippi State University. During his Italian work experience, and currently at MSU, Dr. Sabanadzovic served as a major professor or committee member for a number of MSc and PhD students.
Dr. Sabanadzovic is actively involved in taxonomy/nomenclature of plant- and mycoviruses. He is a member of three Study Groups of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (i.e. viruses belonging to families Tymoviridae, Partitiviridae and Endornaviridae).
His current research interests include viruses of blackberries and ornamentals, dsRNA viruses, virus-host co-evolution and the biodiversity/ecology of viruses in non-agronomic environments. Since his appointment at MSU, Dr. Sabanadzovic has established collaborative research network with numerous institutions in the USA and abroad.
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