In January 2017, Sherif Sherif was named assistant professor at the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Sherif is one of 15 new tenure-track faculty members hired in the college. New positions were identified to bring new talent to its focus areas, such as food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.
Sherif is responsible for developing research and Extension programs that support and improve the productivity and profitability of Virginia fruit producers. Sherif's research focuses on improving the efficiency of horticultural crop production through the selection of appropriate cultivars and rootstocks; improvement of fruit yield, quality, and storability; enhancing plant adaptability to biotic and abiotic stresses; discovery of safer, yet effective, approaches for disease management; and application of contemporary approaches in germplasm development.
Sherif's Extension activities are largely based on direct communication — through workshops, regional meetings, fruit schools, and on-farm visits — with all constituents of the tree fruit industry in Virginia. His Extension program also aims at engaging a wide audience beyond commercial fruit producers through social media and blogs.