I am Gideon Collins Alake. My interest in nematodes dated back to 2005 as an intern at the Nematology Unit of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), where I had my hands-on practical experience with nematodes.
In 2006, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Crop, Soil and Pest Management from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria. My bachelor's thesis focused on management of nematodes using locally available and affordable plant materials.
Also in 2011, I obtained a master's degree in Nematology from Ghent University, Belgium. My research focused on understanding the effects of nematode age and different root diffusates on attachment of Pasteuria penetrans (spore-forming bacterial hyperparasite of some nematodes) to cuticle of three root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.).
In 2013, I was employed nematologist in the Department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria. At present, I am a PhD student and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida.