Ruth J. Kaggwa Asiimwe: Beginning with Biology

As a Senior Research Scientist in the Danforth Center’s Education Research and Outreach Lab (EROL), Ruth J. Kaggwa Asiimwe’s work blends science, education, and research, with the goal of making STEM fields equally accessible to all.

Her own education journey began in Uganda, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s in crop sciences at Makerere University. She’d always had a talent for biology, but it wasn’t until she was working as a doctoral student with Guangyao Wang’s lab at the University of Arizona that she became captivated by the intricacies of plants during a course on the mechanisms of plant development. “I found the intricacies of signal transduction in plants to be not only riveting but also genuinely exciting,” she says. “That was when my interest in plant biology was truly sparked.”

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My motivation stems from a deep-seated desire to make a positive impact on human life, particularly within under-resourced communities.

Ruth J. Kaggwa Asiimwe, PhD,
Senior Research Scientist