Abu is a research Scientist at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, (CRIG). He holds a BSc. In Agriculture and Plant Biotechnology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi Ghana; an M.Phil in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Certificate in Molecular Breeding from USDA, Miami, Florida. He also holds a Certificate in Genomic selection from Penn State University in the United States of America. Abu has ten years’ experience in Cashew, Cocoa and Kola breeding and has been a resource person for Cashew Master Training Programme for the Past 4yrs. Abu has won several awards for his work including the USDA-MARS funded MPhil. Degree, Norman Borlang award for 2008-2009; National Science Fund of USA for training in Genomic Selection at Penn State University and Campus France Award, Montpellier France for Marker Assisted Breeding and Genomic Selection. He is a member of American Society for Microbiology, Ghana Science Associations, and the West African Cocoa Breeders Working Group.
Abu is currently a final year PhD student at the West African Center for Crop Improvement Legon pursuing a study on the development of maize varieties that are resistant to aflatoxin accumulation in Ghana.
My Research interest is in Molecular and Quantitative Breeding. I aspire to become a renowned plant breeder by making available improved planting materials to farmers.