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Principal Scientists

Dr. Richard Edema

Director

Dr. Richard Edema

Dr. Richard Edema’s educational background is in Plant Pathology and Biotechnology. He received his Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in Agriculture from Makerere University, and his PhD in Plant Pathology (specializing in Molecular Virology) from Ohio State University under the supervision by Prof. Donald. T. Gordon. His PhD research was on “Genetics of Virulence of the Maize Streak Mastrevirus (MSV)”, a very damaging virus of maize across in Africa. In his 15 years of experience in academia at Makerere University, he has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses and supervised more than 50 graduate students. He has co-authored over 80 research articles (mostly in major international peer-reviewed journals), and has been Principal Investigator on numerous research grants amounting to about $11 million.

Dr. Edema contributed to the development of Makerere University’s award-winning regional MSc program in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems that has been favorably noted by several funding agencies. This program, which has trained over 120 mid-career scientists across African continent, and has become a model for regional capacity building in East Africa, has now been upgraded into MaRCCI, an African Centre of Excellence for Plant Breeding for eastern and southern Africa. It receives funding from the Government of Uganda through the World Bank. Richard has also been recognized for his role as a mentor in the AWARD program (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) that supports young women’s early career involvement in agricultural sciences.

Email:redema@marcci.org

Phone:+256 793 529 838

Prof. Paul Gibson

Deputy Director

Prof. Paul Gibson

Prof. Paul Gibson holds a PhD in Plant Breeding from Iowa State University, and has a thorough understanding of statistics as applied to breeding principles (Quantitative Genetics). He has extensive experience in international agriculture, having worked in South India (ICRISAT in Hyderabad), the tropical rain forest of Costa Rica, Zambia and Ukraine for a total of 17 years before coming to Uganda in 2008.  He has been the main instructor in the regional plant breeding programme of Makerere University for 9 years.  His vision and calling is to address issues of food security in areas where malnutrition and hunger are endemic.  In his “spare time” he often relaxes with a statistics textbook and enjoys games of strategy.

Email:pgibson@marcci.org

Phone:+256 772 735 939

Dr. Patrick Obia Ongom

Team Leader for Research & Instructor

Dr. Patrick Obia Ongom

With a BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems from Makerere University, Dr. Patrick studied for his PhD in Plant Genetics and Breeding under the distinguished Prof. Gebisa Ejeta (Purdue Univ, USA), testing a promising drought phenotyping strategy to simulate drought stress and mapping sorghum genome regions for drought tolerance. He currently works on cowpea varieties, merging conventional breeding techniques with recent advances in plant genomics to develop high-yielding and stress-resilient varieties. Besides overseeing MaRCCI’s cowpea and sorghum breeding programmes, Patrick instructs graduate students of the programme.

Email:pongom@marcci.org

Phone:+256 780 434 723

Dr. Isaac Onziga Dramadri

Associate Sorghum Breeder

Dr. Isaac Onziga Dramadri

With a BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems from Makerere University, Dr. Isaac studied for his PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology at Michigan State University under the distinguished Prof.  James D. Kelly. His research focused on improving common bean particularly the larger seeded types of Andean gene pool for drought tolerance using genomic and phenometric tools.  He currently works on Cowpea and Sorghum breeding programs to develop and improve these crops for yield and stress-resilience, integrating conventional breeding techniques with recent advances in genomics and phenometric tools. In addition to supporting MaRCCI’s cowpea and sorghum breeding programmes, Isaac instructs graduate students of the programme.

Email:idramadri@marcci.org

Phone:+256 780 265 517

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