Thomas Isakeit is a professor and extension plant pathologist located at Texas A&M University in College Station. His responsibility is conducting extension programs managing field crop diseases, particularly corn, cotton and sorghum. With cotton, he has studied aflatoxin contamination and seedling diseases. Additionally, he identified and developed the fungicide, flutriafol, as an economical management approach for Phymatotrichopsis root rot of cotton. With corn, he conducted aflatoxin and fumonisin research in conjunction with Texas A&M corn breeders and also field studies evaluating commercially-available atoxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus for managing aflatoxin. He has been with Texas A&M University since 1993. He obtained his PhD and MSc degrees in plant pathology at Michigan State University. He also obtained post-doctoral experience at the University of California – Berkeley and the University of Arizona.