Akhtar Ali

Akhtar Ali

Associate ProfessorOH N106

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Molecular Virology, The University of Adelaide
  • M.Sc (Hons)., Plant Virology, Uni. of Agric. Peshawar
  • B.Sc (Hons)., Plant pathology, Uni. of Agric. Peshawar

Areas of Research Focus

  • Ecology and epidemiology of plant viruses
  • Quasispecies variation and genetic bottlenecks
  • Determining the causes of virus-like diseases
  • Molecular and biological characterization of viruses
  • Studies of interactions between viruses and vectors

Previous Teaching Experience

Three years at the University of Agriculture Peshawar

Previous Relevant Work Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tohoku National Agricultural Research Centre, Morioka, Japan 1999-2001

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CSIRO, Adelaide Australia, 2002-2004

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Oklahoma 2004-2007

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of American Society of Virology
  • Member of American Society of Phytopathology
  • Member of Oklahoma Academy of Science

Courses Taught at TU

  • Advanced Molecular Biology (BIOL 4344/6444)
  • Biology of Cancer (BIOL 4283/6283)
  • Introduction to Virology (BIOL 4143/6343)
  • Plants and Society (BIOL 1013)
  • Seminar in Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 5263/7263)
  • Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology (BIOL 4163/6163)
  • Seminar in Organismic Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 7253)

Awards & Recognition

  • 1994-1999 ADCOS Scholarship (Open merit) from Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to pursue PhD study at the University of Adelaide Australia
  • 1990 Bronze Medal during M.Sc (Hons) from the University of Agricultural Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 1999-2001 STA Fellowship from Japan Science and Technology Corporation


  • Ali,* A. and O. A. Abdalla. 2013. First report of Soybean vein necrosis virus in soybean fields of Oklahoma. Plant Disease (http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-05-13-0515-PDN).

  • Abdalla, A. O. and A. Ali*. 2013. First report of a novel Potyvirus from Florida causing chlorotic mottling in squash (Cucurbita pepo). Plant Disease (http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-01-13-13-0099-PDN)
  • Occurrence of viruses
    Ali,A., O.A. Abdalla., B.D. Bruton., W.W. Fish., E. Sikora, S. Zhang, and M. Taylor. 2012. Occurrence of viruses infecting watermelon, other cucurbits and weeds in the parts of southern United States. Plant Health Progress (doi:10.1094/PHP-2012-0824-01-RS)
  • Distribution of Viruses
    Ali, A., Mohammad, O. and A. Khattab. 2012. Distribution of viruses infecting cucurbit crops and isolation of potential new virus-like sequences from weeds in Oklahoma. Plant Disease 96: 243-248.
  • Molecular Characterization
    Min, B. E, T. S. Feldman, A. Ali, W. G. Wiley, V. Muthukumar, B. A. Roe, M. J. Roossinck, U. Melcher, M. W. Palmer, and R. S. Nelson. 2012. Molecular characterization, ecology and epidemiology of a novel tymovirus in Asclepias viridis from Oklahoma. Phytopathology 102: 166-176.
  • Genetic Diversity
    Abdalla, O. A. and A. Ali. 2012. Genetic diversity in the 3’-terminal regions of Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV-W) isolated from watermelon in Oklahoma. Archives of Virology 157:405-412.
  • Molecular characterization of the complete genomes
    Ali, A., M. Shafiekhani and J. Olsen 2011. Molecular characterization of the complete genomes of two new field isolates of Cowpea chlorotic mottle virus, and their phylogenetic analysis. Virus Genes 43: 120-129.
  • Seed Transmission
    Ali, A. and M. Kobayahsi. 2010. Seed transmission of Cucumber mosaic virus in pepper. Journal of Virological Methods 163:234-237.
  • Genetic Bottlenecks
    Ali, A. and M. J. Roossinck. 2010. Genetic bottlenecks during systemic movement of Cucumber mosaic virus vary in different host plants. Virology 404:279-283.
  • Non-cultivated plants
    Vijay, M., Melcher, U., Pierce, M., Wiley, G. B., Palmer, M.W.. Thapa, V., A. Ali., Ding, T. 2009. Non-cultivated plants of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve of northeastern Oklahoma frequenctly contain virus-like sequences in particulate fractions. Virus Research 141: 169-173.