Dr. Sajid Rehman

Plant Pathologist

Dr. Sajid Rehman is a plant pathologist with Perennia. Dr. Sajid grew up in Pakistan and completed his B.Sc. (Hons.) agriculture degree from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He received a NUFFIC (Dutch organization for internationalization in education) scholarship in 2000 to pursue his M.Sc. Crop Science course with specialization in IPM from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D. in plant pathology from Wageningen University in 2008. His Ph.D. research was focused on the parasitism genes from potato cyst nematode. Then, he pursued his research on Verticillium wilt disease of tomato and potato from 2008 to 2010. 
From 2010 to 2012, his research was focused on powdery mildew and leaf rust diseases of barley. Later, he started working as a cereal pathologist at the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) based in Rabat, Morocco, from 2013 to 2019. 
Throughout his research career, his main emphasis has been on key questions including how pathogens cause disease on their host plants, how plants defend themselves, and how can we design crops plants with durable resistance.