Dr. Richard Edema’s

Dr. Richard Edema’s

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PROFILE

Dr. Richard Edema’s educational background is in Plant Pathology and Biotechnology. He did his BSc & MSc in Agriculture from Makerere University, and his PhD in Plant Pathology (specializing in Molecular Virology) at The Ohio State University (OSU). His PhD research was on the “Genetics of Virulence of the Maize Streak Mastrevirus (MSV)”, a very damaging virus of maize across in Africa.

He has 15 years of experience in academia – all of which have been at Makerere University. At Makerere University, he has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses; supervised over 50 graduate students to date. Dr Edema co-authored of over eighty (80) research articles (majority of which are in major international peer-reviewed journals) and has also been Principal Investigator on numerous research and training grants totaling USD 11 million to-date. He led the development of Makerere University’s award winning Regional MSc program in plant breeding and seed systems that has been popular with various funding agencies. This program has trained over 150 mid-career scientists across African continent & has since developed into a model for regional capacity building in East Africa. This program has now upgraded into an African Centers of Excellence (ACE II project; one of 46 Centers created in selected Universities in Africa) with funding from the Government of Uganda through the World Bank. Dr Edema has been recognized for my role as a mentor in the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program; a program that has supported young women’s early career development in agricultural sciences.