Dr. Omoanghe S. Isikhuemhen

Dr. Omon Isikhuemhen

Rank: Professor
Department: Natural Resources and Environmental Design
Phone:  (336) 285-4841
Fax:  (336) 334-7844
Email: omon@ncat.edu


  • Ph.D. Microbiology (Prague, 1999)


Research Activities

My laboratory is responsible for the project titled: Edible and Medicinal Mushroom Farming in North Carolina: A Cash Crop for the Future, funded by GoldenLEAF Foundation Inc. In line with this project, we are conducting research on cultivation of exotic mushrooms and working with participating farmers in developing the mushroom industry in North Carolina. The goal is to make North Carolina a leader in the production of edible and medicinal mushrooms in the US.  We have edible mushroom culture Bank, from which strains are applied areas of research that includes mushroom breeding and strain improvement, medicinal and functional food properties in mushrooms and the application of white rot fungi in bio-mining, bio-refining agricultural wastes, including bioremediation of pollutants. Research in truffles forming fungi is ongoing in collaboration with Dr. Rytas Vilgalys of Duke University, Durham, USA. I am also involved in technology transfer and education on application of low-cost technology in sustainable commercial mushroom cultivation in developing countries (more details here).



American Society for Microbiologists
British Mycological Society 
Gamma Sigma Delta
Mycological Society of America
Phi Kappa Phi
World Society of Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products



  • International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms ( IJMM)
  • Sydowia
  • Revista Mexicana de Micologia, Mexico City, Mexico.
  •   Nigerian Journal of Applied Science, Benin City, Nigeria