Paul Vincelli is Extension Professor and Provost's Distinguished Service Professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. He has over 35 years of both academic and real-world experience in the management of diseases of diverse crops. Current areas of expertise include: outreach on risks and benefits of genetically engineered crops; sustainability of food systems; molecular diagnostics; and international agriculture. He serves as Kentucky's Co-Coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (USDA-SARE) Program. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in diverse topics, including: Principles of Plant Pathology; Plant Disease, Population Biology, and Biotechnology; Introduction to Genetically Engineered Crops, Risks and Benefits; and Advanced Concepts in Sustainable Crop Production and Disease Management, Insights from Nicaragua (Education Abroad course). He also serves as Director of Graduate Studies for a new online M.S. Program in Science Translation and Outreach.USAID Profile
Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment
Office of Local Sustainability
Professor Vincelli serves as a Senior Science Advisor to USAID's Office of Local Sustainability. Presently, one of his areas of ongoing professional interest is in fostering public engagement and dialogue in complex and controversial scientific areas, such as genetically engineered crops. In instances where interventions include elements that may be controversial, or challenge social or behavioral norms, it is especially important to engage stakeholders and communities early and consistently throughout the life of the project. His work as a Jefferson Science Fellow is providing enriching opportunities to work in public engagement, collaborating with USAID's Bureau of Food Security and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, with grounding in concepts of locally led development.