Hypothetical Africa recently had a chat with Dr Evans Lagudah.
He is the inaugural interviewee in the series “Interviews with African Quiet Achievers” . The interview tracked his childhood through studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana to his PhD studies in Australia and beyond. He spoke candidly about his childhood, education, his love of research, his family, his hopes and aspirations and his Christian faith.
Dr Evans Lagudah
Dr Evans Lagudah is now a chief research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Plant Industry, based in Canberra, Australia. His research activities are based on the integration of molecular genetics and conventional breeding of biotic, abiotic (salinity tolerance) and grain quality (gluten proteins) attributes for cereal improvement. He leads a team with a research spectrum covering basic studies on the molecular basis of durable disease resistance genes, the identification and utilisation of molecular technologies for resistance breeding against pests and diseases locally and globally in order to minimise the use of pesticides and contribute towards sustainable agrosystems.
Dr Lagudah has published extensively in international journals. He is regularly invited to speak at international biological sciences symposia. He serves as an associate editor for two international scientific journals. He also serves in a scientific advisory role to international and national agencies in Australia, USA, China, Canada, India, Chad, Kenya, Ethiopia, France, Switzerland and UK engaged in crop genetic improvement. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. He continues to train postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in molecular genetics and crop improvement. He is a regular contributor to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) PhD program at the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) based in Ghana.
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