Dr. John Eleblu

Dr. John Eleblu served as lead and also assisted in the development and execution of research projects centered on crop improvement using new technologies. He reviewed the application of SNPs in crop improvement for his undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana in 2005. Shortly after he was asked to serve at the department of Crop Science of the University of Ghana as a Teaching Assistant.  And then, at the Institute for Genomic diversity, Cornell University, USA, he worked on association mapping of kernel architectural traits to ZmPID3 gene in Zea mays in partial fulfilment of the Crop Science master’s degree programme at the University of Ghana. He then worked on IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) funded project on the development of nutritionally improved sorghum lines through gamma irradiation at the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Ghana in the year 2008. Dr. Eleblu’s PhD research in the lab of Dr. Abdelhafid Bendahmane (URGV, INRA located in Evry at the outskirts of Paris, France) was on the functional characterization of CmWIP1, a gene responsible for carpel growth arrest and sex determination in Cucumis melo. Further, his post-doctoral studies involved gene expression studies to investigate the molecular basis of parthenocarpy in Tomatoes at INRA, URGV in France. Currently he is a visiting scientist serving as the Coordinator for Communications and Partnerships at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI, UG) and is developing research themes on the genetic enhancement of cultivated staple and orphan crops using mutation breeding, reverse and forward genetic approaches complemented by molecular biology and genomic tools. Dr. Eleblu is a young scientist who is highly motivated to contribute towards the development of research projects aimed at addressing problems of Agriculture and food security in the sub-region.