Fellowship Program Faculty

Fellowship Program Faculty

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Office of Diversity Affairs

Dr. Alex Graves, Interim Director, akgraves@ncsu.edu

Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences (Soil)

CALS Office of Diversity Affairs offers innovative programs aimed to recruit and retain students, as well as, staff and faculty members from underrepresented groups. Dr. Graves draws from the impact of her experiences in academia as an individual represented by multiple identities to serve as mentor, diversity/inclusion activist, STEM recruiter, and safe space advocate.

Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Dr. Mohamed A. Youssef, Assoc. Prof. mohamed_youssef@ncsu.edu

Conducts research related to the hydrology and biogeochemistry of agricultural and forested lands with high water table soils focusing on water, nutrient, and plant growth models to design smart irrigation and water management systems.

Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences

Dr. Ronnie Heiniger, Prof., ron_heiniger@ncsu.edu

Crop Science.  Integrates production, management and agronomic innovation with crop ecology and simulation modeling.  Works closely with farm cooperators to improve crop production management by increased use of GPS and geographic information systems (GIS) for yield mapping, soil grid sampling, and variable rate application of nutrients, seed, and pesticides.


Dr. Josh Heitman, Assoc. Prof., josh_heitman@ncsu.edu

Soil Science. Studies soil physical processes with an emphasis on water. Major research goals are to detail soil water and energy budgets for evaporation and evapotranspiration, improve efficiency and services of agricultural and marginal soils, and develop theoretical frameworks and measurement systems to quantify soil processes.


Dr. Wei Shi, Prof., wei_shi@ncsu.edu

Soil Science. Studies biochemical, ecological and physiological functioning of soil and environmental microorganisms. Current research emphasis is on soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration, soil nitrogen transformation kinetics, and microbial community structure and function.


Dr. Jeffrey G. White, Assoc. Prof., jeff_white@ncsu.edu

Soil Science. Studies site-specific soil fertility, productivity, and nutrient management for precision agriculture and related geospatial technologies, with an emphasis on remote sensing of soil and crop properties. Biosolids. Water quality. 


Dr. Gail Wilkerson,  Prof., gail_wilkerson@ncsu.edu

Crop Science. Develops physiologically based crop growth models, develops computerized crop and pest management decision aids, and uses information on climate variability and climate forecasts to improve crop and pest management decision-making.

Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology

Dr. Shuijin Hu, Assoc. Prof., shuijin_hu@ncsu.edu

Plant Pathology.  Studies the effects of disturbance such as conventional farming and elevated atmospheric CO2 on soil microbes and soil food web interactions, ecosystem carbon/nitrogen cycling and carbon sequestration.


Dr. Gary Payne, Prof., gary_payne@ncsu.edu

Plant Pathology.  Employes genomic and applied approaches to understand and manage plant diseases.  Current research is focused on transcriptional regulatory networks involved in the biosynthesis of aflatoxin and fumonisin, mycotoxins produced by Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium verticillioides, respectively.  

Dept. of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry

Dr. Collen Doherty, Asst. Prof., colleen_doherty@ncsu.edu

Biochemistry. Employs biochemistry, molecular biology, network analysis, and statistical learning to understanding how plants perceive and respond to abiotic stress, and the intersection between the circadian clock and stress responses. 

 Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Terri Long, Asst. Prof., terri_long@ncsu.edu

Plant Biology. Uses molecular biology, systems biology and genetic approaches to elucidate gene regulatory networks involved in plant iron homeostasis.

Dept. of Statistics (CALS and College of Sciences)

Dr. Alison Montsinger-Reif, Asst. Prof, aamotsin@ncsu.edu

Develops statistical methods to detect complex predictive models in extensive datasets. An authority on Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction she heads the in-house Bioinformatics Consulting Service for NCSU.

College of Engineering
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Michael Kudenov, Asst. Prof., mike.kudenov@ncsu.edu

Electrical Engineering. Optical Sciences. Develops novel imaging systems spanning ultraviolet through the thermal infrared. Sensing methods include Raman spectrometers, spectral imaging cameras, polarization imagers, and applications-based research for quality control and surface characterization.