BioCassava Plus is an integrated team of scientists from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America whose objective is to reduce malnutrition among the 250 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who rely on cassava as their staple food by delivering a more nutritious and marketable cassava.
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Ms. Ihuoma Umezurumba
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,
975 North Warson Road, St, Louis, Missouri, 63132, USA.
Ihuoma obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Combined Microbiology and Chemistry from University of Nigeria- Nsukka in 1998 and Master of Science degree in Applied Microbiology and Plant Pathology from University of Jos- Nigeria in 2004. Her MSc work was on the phytochemical and microbiological analysis of a combination of plant parts for the control of salmonella typhi infections. She is presently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in Umudike, Nigeria.
In June 23 2008, Miss Umezurumba joined the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike as a research scientist in the biotechnology unit where she worked on the improvement of root and tuber crops using plant tissue culture techniques. Presently she is training in cassava transformation at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri in order to improve the nutritional, postharvest, and disease resistance qualities in cassava. When she is not working she enjoys reading and writing.
Edgar Cahoon Laboratory, University of Lincoln-Nebraska
Mr. Felix R. Solomon
Research Project Manager
Dept. of Biochemistry & Center for Plant Science Innovation,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Felix obtained his B.A. in Biology from St. Louis University and M.A. in Biotechnology from Washington University in St. Louis. He worked for seven years at Washington University Medical School and another seven years at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the Wash U Microbiology Department. where he studied Salmonella typhimrium pathogenesis.
He joined the BioCassava Plus team in January of 2006 as a USDA employee at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. In April of 2007, he became an employee of the Danforth Center and in 2008 he re-located with the project to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Felix is a project manager in the Cahoon lab and conducts research on provitamin A and vitamin E biofortification.
New Mexico Consortium
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Laboratory