Shefali Dobhal, PhD is currently a Post-doctorate Research Associate in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University, United States. Dr. Dobhal obtained her B.S. and M.S. from Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan, India. She was awarded gold medal for scoring highest during her masters program. She did her PhD in Biochemistry (major) and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (minor) from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, UK, India. Her PhD work focused on the Expression of Antibody Fragment (scFv) in Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv. Xanthi). She was awarded the Young Scientist Award for her PhD research at the 3rd Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, UK, India. She was awarded UGC-CSIR Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), Indian Council of Medical Research-Junior Research (ICMR-JRF) Fellowship and was also recipient of the University Merit Scholarship Award from Department of Biochemistry, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, UK, India.
During her Post-doctoral Research at the National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB), Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University; she conducted research on food-safety issues which included development of detection methods and control strategies for food-borne pathogens, natural food-borne human pathogens contamination assessment in native pecan production fields and genotypic analysis of these food-borne human pathogens, and metagenomics studies of the microbial ecology related to the foodborne human pathogens on fresh produce. She also conducted research on development of multiplex PCR and isothermal-based amplification method for detection of plant viruses infecting the ornamental and nursery crops. She has research experience in food safety and security, microbial forensics, population genetics, molecular diagnostics, plant transgenics, microbiology, and biochemistry. She has presented her work in international conferences and published her work in peer–reviewed journals.
Currently, she is working at the Biosecurity Research Institute on wheat blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae Triticum (MoT) pathotype that infect wheat. This fungus is exotic to the United States. This fungus has caused devastating effects during the outbreak years in wheat producing regions such as Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay of South America. She is working on the population genetics and diagnostics of the MoT pathotype.