Ellis Lab


apple diseasesLeft: Lee Wilson (far right) discusses apple diseases at the career exploration event, Feeding the World in 2050: Careers for Future Scientists, June 13, 2012.


ohio wine hall of fameMike Ellis was inducted into the Ohio Wine Hall of Fame in 2010.  Ellis was recognized for his research and Extension work on the management of grape diseases, including Phomopsis cane and leaf spot of grape.  Ellis has also done extensive work on the biology, epidemiology and management of several important diseases of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Above, left photo - Dr. Ellis (second from left) accepts congratulations from Donnie Winchell, exectuive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Assocation, and far right, the master of ceremonies Kenny Joe Shuster (Valley Vineyards).  Far left is Dr. Ellis' wife, Chris.  The induction was a surprise announcement for Dr. Ellis, who was joined by family members Becky, Sean, Chris and Angie (right photo, standing left to right).


Angel Rebollar Alviter

Angel Rebollar Alviter was awarded the C. C. Allison award for outstanding graduate accomplishments and service.  Left to right: Mike Ellis, Angel Rebolar Alviter, Randy Rowe and Larry Madden.


About Mike Ellis

I was born in Seattle, Washington while my father was stationed there in the Navy. Because my father was in the Navy, we moved a great deal. I went to grade school in California, Hawaii, Texas and Illinois. We settled in Illinois, where I graduated from high school in 1967. I attended Eastern Illinois University where I obtained my B.S. in Education and my M.S. in Botany. While working on my Master's degree, I developed an intense appreciation for plants. As I continued my graduate education at the University of Illinois, I viewed the science of Plant Pathology as a specialization within the science of botany.

After receiving my Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at the University of Illinois in 1976, I accepted a position at the University of Puerto Rico where I taught introductory Plant Pathology and conducted seed pathology research on grain legumes, such as beans, pigeon peas, cow peas and soybeans. I left Puerto Rico and accepted my current position as fruit pathologist at The Ohio State University in 1979. At Ohio State, I conduct research on the epidemiology and control of fruit crop diseases. I also work very closely with fruit growers and other people in the fruit industry to deliver up- to-date information on disease management for fruit crops.