Dr. Fayad is a plant pathologist specialized in plant viruses and integrated pest management (IPM). His research experience has focused on the identification, epidemiology, biological and molecular diversity of viruses, virus movement, and interactions between viruses and plant virus resistance genes. His project management experience has focused on IPM of high-value vegetable crops, grain crops, and export fruit crops.
Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Fayad served as the Director of the Western IPM Center, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources in Davis, California. His experience in managing federally funded IPM programs also includes his work as Associate Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management (IPM IL), a USAID funded program managed by Virginia Tech. He led IPM project design and implementation, provided research guidance to project partners, coordinated IPM activities relevant to plant pathogens, coordinated identification and development of management strategies including biological control of pathogens, and organized regional and international workshops and symposia. Project countries included Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Senegal, Tanzania, and the United States.
Dr. Fayad has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Crop Protection, a B.S. in Agriculture, and a Diploma of “Ingenieur Agricole” from the American University of Beirut.