Surendranath (Suren) Baliji is the Regional Head of Phytopathology – Americas for the Vegetable Seeds unit within the Crop Science division of BASF. Suren obtained his B.S. degree in Agricultural Sciences in India and his M.S. degree in Plant Pathology from Punjab Agricultural University in India. After earning his M.S. degree, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow in Plant Virology at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he worked on Spinach curly top geminivirus. Suren currently manages the phytopathology teams and activities in the Americas region. In addition, he supports the vegetable breeding teams in screening for disease resistance and in disease diagnostics.