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Get to know– Ahmad Omar

Get to know us is a new feature for UF/IFAS CREC social media.  In it we get to know one of the faculty, staff or students working at UF/IFAS CREC  and perhaps learn something new and unusual about them.

Dr. Ahmad Omar joined UF/IFAS CREC in the summer of 2001 as a graduate student after spending one and a half years in Gainesville to finish his coursework. He earned  a Ph.D. in 2006  from the University of Florida in Horticultural Sciences/Plant Biotechnology. He also holds degrees from  Zagazig University in  Zagazig, Egypt,. At CREC, he  started as a Ph.D. student, then a Post-doctoral Research Associate, and is now a non-tenured faculty member as a Research Assistant Scientist. His  main work is about Citrus scions and rootstocks improvement.

What are you really proud about working at CREC?

I am so proud of working with a great family and a pleasant working environment.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I enjoy seeing my work recognized by others and proud to be a part of a significant work team to solve a problem.

Who is your favorite superhero?

Prophet Mohamad, peace be upon him

What is your favorite type of citrus?

From the commercially available ‘W. Murcott’, However, we have some new varieties from the breeding program that are not commercially available yet, but they are very delicious.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

I like natural places. I enjoyed visiting the Grand Canyon and Smoky Mountains.

What is your favorite thing to cook/eat?

I love to cook pasta with my sauce recipe. I love to eat stuffed grape leaves and the fish that my wife cooks.

If you could invite three people to share a meal with, who would it be (other than family)?

Dr.  Jude Grosser, Dr. Mahmoud Doheim (from Zagazig University, Egypt) and JL Chandler- JL Chandler

What is your favorite song or recording artist?

I like the old Arabic songs for Abdelhaleim and Um Kulthom

Do you have a favorite movie? Book?

Captain Marvel

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