|Tissue Culture and Transformation Coordinator
Biocassava Plus Project |
Head, Tissue Culture & Genetic Transformation Unit
National Root Crops Research Institute
Ihuoma earned 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 M.S. work was on the phytochemical analysis of a combination of plant parts for the control of Typhoid fevercaused bysalmonella typhi. She is presently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in Umudike, Nigeria.
In June 2008, Ihuoma 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. From 2009 to January 2014 she trained 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.
Presently she is back at NRCRI, Umudike, Nigeria, where she serves as Head of the Tissue Culture and Genetic Transformation Laboratory. Ihuoma’s focus is to develop and establish a genetic transformation platform at Umudike and to continue her work on cassava bio-fortification in conjunction with the BioCassava Plus Project.