Rob Wick received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1981 where he ran the Diagnostic and Nematode Assay Laboratories as a doctoral candidate and continued after he was hired as a faculty member. Rob joined the UMass faculty in 1984. He has more than 30 years of experience in turfgrass pathology and nematology and currently directs the UMass Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. Rob teaches plant pathology, diagnostic plant pathology, forest pathology and mycology. His research is primarily diseases of vegetable and floriculture crops, and population dynamics and management of plant parasitic nematodes in turfgrasses. Rob taught Diagnostic Plant Pathology at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) twice, with the support of a Fulbright Scholar award in 2006 and 2014, and received a USDA grant to develop the first dedicated plant disease diagnostic clinic in Bangladesh. Rob is also working on a perennial canker disease of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) in Bangladesh.