Diatta Elisabeth

Born in the capital of Senegal, Dakar, Elisabeth DIATTA is the third born in a family of 7 children. She started primary school at the age of 5, and since her childhood, her dream was to become a medical doctor in order to take care of sick persons like her father. Although, she applied for medicine at the end of high school (she was 18years old), her application was rather accepted by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Cheikh Anta Diop University. “I remember how sad I was because becoming a medical doctor was the only thing I ever wanted”, she said.

 

After completion of her first year at the Department of Natural Sciences (Biology and Geology), she “fell in love” with Biology, particularly, plant biology. She specialized in Plant and Animal Biology and graduated as the second best in a class of about 400 students. She was subsequently given admission to pursue a Master of Science degree in Population Genetics at the department of Animal biology. However, she has already developed interest in plant biology. Therefore, she applied for the Master of Plant and Microbial Biotechnology. “By the grace of God, I was the first to be selected for the Master’s programme. I remember that I had to wait from October 2011 to June 2012 to start the program while my first degree classmates were almost at the end of the first year of their Master’s programme at the Animal biology department because of challenges with the admission process. My friends couldn’t understand why I decided to wait several months to start my MSc programme when I had a “good opportunity” to study MSc in Genetics which was one of the most prestigious courses in the Faculty of Science and Technology” she said.

 

With the MSc in plant and microbial biotechnology, she had the chance to study both Genetics, Biotechnology and Plant breeding which has become her new interest. By manipulating genes in order to improve crops for the satisfaction of famers’ needs, she wants to participate actively in the fight against hunger in Africa through breeding for highly digestible proteins of sorghum cultivars in Senegal.

 

I thank God who, through CERAAS, WACCI and the SMIL project of Perdue, has given me the opportunity to follow this program in Plant breeding and I believe that through WACCI I will acquire the knowledge and skill needed to complete the task entrusted to me by the Almighty.Born in the capital of Senegal, Dakar, Elisabeth DIATTA is the third born in a family of 7 children. She started primary school at the age of 5, and since her childhood, her dream was to become a medical doctor in order to take care of sick persons like her father. Although, she applied for medicine at the end of high school (she was 18years old), her application was rather accepted by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Cheikh Anta Diop University. “I remember how sad I was because becoming a medical doctor was the only thing I ever wanted”, she said.

 

After completion of her first year at the Department of Natural Sciences (Biology and Geology), she “fell in love” with Biology, particularly, plant biology. She specialized in Plant and Animal Biology and graduated as the second best in a class of about 400 students. She was subsequently given admission to pursue a Master of Science degree in Population Genetics at the department of Animal biology. However, she has already developed interest in plant biology. Therefore, she applied for the Master of Plant and Microbial Biotechnology. “By the grace of God, I was the first to be selected for the Master’s programme. I remember that I had to wait from October 2011 to June 2012 to start the program while my first degree classmates were almost at the end of the first year of their Master’s programme at the Animal biology department because of challenges with the admission process. My friends couldn’t understand why I decided to wait several months to start my MSc programme when I had a “good opportunity” to study MSc in Genetics which was one of the most prestigious courses in the Faculty of Science and Technology” she said.

 

With the MSc in plant and microbial biotechnology, she had the chance to study both Genetics, Biotechnology and Plant breeding which has become her new interest. By manipulating genes in order to improve crops for the satisfaction of famers’ needs, she wants to participate actively in the fight against hunger in Africa through breeding for highly digestible proteins of sorghum cultivars in Senegal.

 

I thank God who, through CERAAS, WACCI and the SMIL project of Perdue, has given me the opportunity to follow this program in Plant breeding and I believe that through WACCI I will acquire the knowledge and skill needed to complete the task entrusted to me by the Almighty.