Worku Denbel Bulbula

Graduate Student
412 Stakman

1991 Upper Buford Circle
495 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Pablo Olivera
  • BSc degree in Plant Scinces at Alemaya University - 2000
  • MSc degree from Hawassa University in Plant Pathology - 2008


Hometown: Meki, Ethiopia

What is plant pathology to you? 

Plant pathology is a fruitful and progressive profession that demands patience, dedication and commitment. It provided me with the opportunity to practically face various research challenges and useful research recommendations.

Why did decide to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota? Tell us about your path to Plant Pathology.

The University of Minnesota is the birthplace of significant scientific discoveries. A case and point could be the discovery of physiologic specialization in the wheat stem rust pathogen by E.C. Stakman and the recent discovery of the alternate host of wheat stripe rust by Yue Jin and colleagues. The University of Minnesota is the world's leading center of excellence for wheat stem rust research. It has prominent and dedicated research and academic professionals as well as state of the art research facilities.

What do you hope to accomplish in your time at the University of Minnesota, and what are your goals for the future?

Abundant practical exposure and experiences that will help me in addressing the global challenges faced by the international wheat research, development and farming communities.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Playing with my kids; watching television and reading news; walking

Areas of Interest

My research focus is on identifying sources of stem rust resistance from tetraploid wheat landraces of Ethiopia and phenotyping and genotyping of stem rust isolates collected from tetraploid wheat growing regions of Ethiopia.