Mohammad Babadoost was born in Kondrood (near Tabriz), Iran. He received a B.S. degree (1972) in plant protection from the University of Tabriz (UT) in Iran, an M.S. degree (1979) in plant pathology from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. degree (1983) in plant pathology from North Carolina State University. From 1983 to 1994, he was an assistant/associate professor at UT. He then worked as a research plant pathologist at Montana State University (MSU). In 1999, he joined the Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he is an associate professor. Babadoost conducts research and extension programs on the biology and management of vegetable and fruit crop diseases and teaches plant disease diagnosis. Babadoost is well known for developing techniques for quantifying soilborne fungal pathogens and managing vegetable diseases, especially diseases of cucurbits.