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Dr Robert Koebner provides advice and direction to research projects and students supported by the Trust. Dr Koebner has over 20 years' experience in wheat genetics and beeding, having worked first at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge (UK) and then until 2006 at the John Innes Centre, Norwich (UK).
Dr Michael P. Timko is a Professor of Biology and Director of Human Biology DMP at the University of Virginia, USA. Dr Timko is the Coordinator of the Trust funded West African Cowpea Consortium (WACC). Dr Timko and his team In Virginia are researching the functional genomics of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) and the molecular genetics of host plant and non-host plant resistance to parasitism by the root hemiparasite Striga gesnerioides and its relatives at the Timko Laboratory. His group is providing short-term training to African WACC members.
Dr Paul Gepts is a Professor of Plant Sciences and Geneticist / Breeder at the University of California, Davis. Dr Gepts leads the UC Davis bean breeding program and coordinates the Trust funded African Bean Consortium (ABC) in East Africa. Dr Gepts and his team at the Paul Gepts Lab research plant domestication and evolution with a particular focus on common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), are populating a genomic database PhaseolusGenes with markers, and are developing new markers for use in the East African bean breeding programs. His group is providing short-term training to African ABC members.
Dr Prem N. Mathur was Bioversity International's Regional Representative for Central and South Asia before becoming an Honorary Research Fellow. Dr Mathur remains engaged with several of Bioversity International's global and regional project activities. Prior to joining Bioversity, he served at the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) for 18 years. Dr Mathur served as the coordinator for the NBPGR-ICRISAT collaborative programme and was a Post-Doc Fellow at Oxford Forestry Institute, Oxford, UK. Dr Mathur is the consultant for the Trust's "Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL)" projects.
Dr Joe DeVries has worked in agricultural development projects in Africa for over three decades. In 2006 he co-founded the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and established and led the Program for Africa’s Seed Systems (PASS) dedicated to increase the capacity to breed, produce and disseminate quality seed in eighteen African countries. In 2019 he founded the Seed Systems Group (SSG), of which he is also President. SSG is devoted to develop a sustainable quality seed supply in the African countries which were not included in the PASS programme.