Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program

Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program, administered by the USDA-FAS, provides opportunities for researchers from developing countries to work with a mentor in the U.S. The complete program description, along with information about Dr. Borlaug and application instructions can be found at the USDA-FAS website. WorldTAP has a publication in honor of Dr. Borlaug, recognizing the Fellows we have hosted at MSU between the years 2005-2016. It is available for download here (3 MB). (Find all WorldTAP publications and resources here.)

We have proudly hosted the following fellows since 2005

All fellows have received training at Michigan State University through WorldTAP, to promote food security and improve sustainable agricultural productivity. WorldTAP has proudly hosted 42 Borlaug Fellows from 17 different countries since 2005 (see map below for a quick overview of fellows and countries). Interested in this program administered by USDA? Click here for more information.

 Agueda Tembe

Congratulations to the 2014 Borlaug Fellow, Ms. Agueda Tembe from Mozambique who sucessfully completed her program at MSU!

Ms. Tembe is an Agronomist Engineer at the Mozambique Institute for Cotton. She is currently involved in R&D activities to increase cotton productivity, training of farmers and extension specialist on best practices in cotton production and dissemination of cotton technologies

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2013 Fellows

Yasmina haddadi 2013Yasmina Haddadi, Principal Inspector of Plant Protection, National Institute of Plant Protection (I.N.P.V), Regional Station of Chlef, Algeria.

Ms. Yasmina Haddadi worked with Dr. Eric Olson at the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at MSU from 09/01/2013 to 11/07/2013. Her research focused on applying methods and techniques in genetic mapping of wheat rusts resistance genes and the use of biotechnology in wheat breeding and genetics. In Algeria, Ms. Haddadi works as a Principal Inspector of Plant Protection Responsible of Cereals Pests and Diseases Management.

tariku2013Tariku Hunduma Tolera, Researcher, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Ethiopia.

Mr. Tariku worked with USDA scientists at the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences from 08/24/2013 to 11/24/2013. The program covered a wide range of topics in the areas of molecular biology techniques, biotechnology application, and bioinformatics. In Ethiopia, he has specialized as a researcher in applied microbiology and works in the area of plant pathology and food microbiology. He also leads Ambo Agricultural Research Center of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) as Center Director.

 atef2013Atef Abdelfattah Shahin, Agriculture Research Center (ARC), Plant Pathology Research Institute, Egypt.
Dr. Shahin worked on wheat breeding and genetics with Eric Olson, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at MSU from 09/01/2013 to 11/23/2013. He covered a wide range of topics in the areas of molecular plant breeding on wheat. His work back in Egypt is related to wheat rusts disease and breeding, with particular interest in yellow rust disease on wheat include identification of races, studying of the stripe rust effective genes and determination of resistant materials by genetic analysis and biotechnology component “Molecular markers”.
Rania Ahmes 2013Rania Ahmed Mahmoud Ahmed, Researcher Horticulture Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center, Egypt.

Ms. Rania Ahmed Mahmoud Ahmed worked under the guidance of Dr. Gregory Lang at the Department of Horticulture at MSU from 08/24/2013 to 11/24/2013. Her focus was on Marker-Assisted Selection and Genetic Transformation and she worked in collaboration with Dr. Guo-Qing Song. Her field of interest is the improvement of stone fruit rootstocks through tissue culture and molecular biology techniques.

gemechu2013Gemechu Keneni Wakeyo, Senior Researcher, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research research.

Dr. Gemechu worked with different faculty members at MSU, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences from 08/25/2013 to 11/23/2013. His research included a wide range of topics in the area of molecular plant breeding (common bean) and genetic transformation (soybean). His work in Ethiopia focuses on breeding of highland food legumes, with particular interest in quantifying the extent and pattern of genetic diversity, exploiting the potential of landraces in breeding for resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, breeding for product quality and better adaptation to predictable and unpredictable environments, and nutrient use efficiency and system sustainability.

janeDr. Jane Ambuko Lukhachi
Horticultural Scientist, University of Nairobi, Kenya.Dr. Jane has worked with D. Kirk Dolan from 05/15/2013 to 08/15/2013. She focussed on learning about the assessment of pre-treatments for drying of fruits and vegetables, preparation and sanitizer pre-treatment techniques. In Nairobi, Mrs. Lukhachi is a horticultural scientist.

2011 Fellows

Oshingi Shilla2011Oshingi Shilla, Plant Biosafety/Phytosanitary Inspector, Tropical Pesticide Research Institute, Tanzania. Mr. Shilla worked with several biosafety and biotechnology specialists from Michigan State University (MSU), Danforth Plant Sciences Center, Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA), the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), and the private sector from 08/14/11 – 11/05/11. The program covered a wide range of topics in the areas of Biotechnology and Biosafety. His work as a Plant Biosafety/Phytosanitary Inspector in Ethiopia includes Plant Molecular Biology/biotechnology, Plant Molecular Breeding, Plant Biosafety, Plant Genetic Resource Conservation, Environmental/Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Bioinformatics. Dejene Girma Kebede2011Dejene Girma Kebede, Assistant Researcher II, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Ethiopia. Mr. Kebede worked with several biosafety and biotechnology specialists from Michigan State University (MSU), Danforth Plant Sciences Center, Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA), the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), and the private sector from 08/14/11 – 11/05/11. The program covered a wide range of topics in the areas of Biotechnology and Biosafety. His work as an Assistant Researcher in Ethiopia in plant biotechnology research.
Kefyalew Negisho BayissaKefyalew Negisho Bayissa, Assistant Researcher III, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. Mr. Bayissa worked with several biosafety and biotechnology specialists from Michigan State University (MSU), Danforth Plant Sciences Center, Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA), the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), and the private sector from 08/14/11 – 11/05/11. The program covered a wide range of topics in the areas of Biotechnology and Biosafety. His work as an Assistant Researcher in Ethiopia in plant biotechnology research.

2010 Fellows

Mashudu SillimelaMashudu Sillimela, Manager of the International Plant Health Matters Subdirectorate, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Directorate of Plant Health, South Africa.

Mr. Sillimela worked with several faculty members at Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), FDA, and various research centers in Michigan and other states (including Missouri) from 9/25/10 – 11/19/10. The program focused on the areas of Food Safety Standards, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures related to international trade.His work in South Africa involves managing the subdirectorate International Plant Health Matters, where he serves as the contact point for international trade in plant health. His work involves legislation, policies, regulations, strategies and priorities and international communication, and he is responsible for ensuring that an effective phytosanitary system supports agricultural trade in compliance with international plant health obligation and responsibilities. 

Peter Obimbo Lamuka2010Peter Obimbo Lamuka, Professor, Department of Food Science Nutrition and Technology, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Lamuka worked with worked with several faculty members at Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), FDA, and various research centers in Michigan and other states (including Missouri) from 9/25/10 – 11/20/10. The program focused on the areas of Food Safety Standards, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures related to international trade. His work in Kenya includes teaching food microbiology, food quality and safety management and food biotechnology, and his research focuses on food safety along the food chains.
 Lucas BenjaLucas Benjamin Uamusse2010min Uamusse, Plant Quarantine Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique.

Mr. Uamusse worked with several faculty members at Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), FDA, and various research centers in Michigan and other states (including Missouri) from 10/20/10 – 11/20/10. The program focused on the areas of Food Safety Standards, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures related to international trade. His work as a plant quarantine officer in Mozambique ensures that phytosanitary inspections for importing and exporting goods are carried out according to International Plant Protection Convention and World Trade Organization specifications.

2009 Fellows

Jorge Benavides, Director of Molecular Biology Laboratory, Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (National Institute of Agricultural Innovation, INIA), Lima, PeruDr. Benavides worked with Dr. Dave Douches in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department and Dr. Jeff Landgraff in the Genomics Facility from 09/12/09 – 10/24/09. His research focused on learning and experiencing the latest tools in molecular genetics, including sequencing and microarray. His research in Peru involves potato genetics and genomics. Renata Urban-Chimel, University of Agriculture, Lublin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Lublin, PolandDr. Urban-Chimel worked with Dr. Linda Mansfield in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences from 09/12/09 – 10/24/09. Her research focused on molecular methods of identification, typing of Campylobacter genera and detection of genotypic pathogenic markers and determination of clonal relationships of tested isolates. Her research in Poland involves analysis, diagnosis and characterization of bovine respiratory diseases and agents.
Kinga Wieczorek, Senior Researcher and Deputy Head of the Department of Hygiene of Food and Animal Origin, National Veterinary Research Institute, PolandDr. Wieczorek worked with Dr. Daniel Grooms in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences from 09/12/09 – 10/24/09. Her research focused on methaphylactic aspects in prevention of respiratory diseases in cattle. Her research in Poland involves microbiological examination of food of animal origin; molecular identification, characterization and clonal relationship of Campylobacter spp., Listeria spp., Salmonella spp. And VTEC isolated from different sources; and assessing antimicrobial resistance of Campylobacter.  Cleopatra Gibson, Planning Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, LiberiaMs. Gibson worked with Dr. Russ Freed in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences from 06/07/09 – 07/18/09. Her research focused on management of natural resources related to enhancing agricultural productivity in the area of sustainable agriculture. Her work in Liberia involves strategizing, implementing and rendering innovative means of making the agricultural sector more vibrant for economic and social stability.
 Chafika Djenadi, Researcher and Manager of Science Activity, Agronomic Research Institute of Algeria (INRA.A), AlgeriaMs. Djenadi worked with Dr. Janet Lewis of the Crop and Soil Sciences Department from 05/11/09 – 06/26/09. Her research focused on learning methods and techniques in genetic mapping and development of QTLs, and she worked with researchers using biotechnology tools in wheat breeding. Her research in Algeria involves the use of biotechnologies in wheat breeding for abiotic stress (drought). Rakesh Kumar, Senior Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), IndiaDr. Kumar worked with Dr. Mohamed Faisal in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife from 05/01/09 – 06/30/09. His research focused on identification and characterization of the fish pathogen, Carnobacterium spp., and he received training on T-RFLP and cDNA microarray and also visited the FDA lab. His research in India involves fish and fishery microbial hazards, seafood safety, and development of preventative and control measures, as well as other projects related to fish biotechnology and microbiology.

2008 Fellows

Darham Vir Singh, Senior Scientist (Soils), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India.

Dr. Singh worked with Dr. Jon Bartholic from 10/13/08 – 11/23/08. His research focused on water use efficiency. His research in India involves genesis, characterization and management of landslides, and the effect of conservation structures on ground water recharge.

 Fatimata Ndiaye, Researcher, Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Researches (ISRA)

Dr. Ndiaye worked with Drs. George Bird of the Department of Entomology and John Biernbaum of the Department of Horticulture from 10/13/08 – 11/23/08. Her research focused on organic certification and the use of natural resources for sustainable agriculture. Her research in Senegal involves the use of natural resources (arbuscular mycorrhiza) for sustainable agriculture.

Driss Iraqi, Scientist, National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA)Dr. Iraqi worked with Dr. Mariam Sticklen in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences from 06/15/08 – 07/25/08. His research focused on crop genetic transformation, biosafety and molecular characterization of genetically transformed plants. His research in Morocco involves tissue culture and genetic transformation of cereals.  Gournnga Kar, Senior Scientist, Water Technology Centre for Eastern Region, IndiaDr. Kar worked with Dr. Jon Bartholic of the Institute of Water Research from 05/26/08 – 07/03/08. His research focused on Water Use Management. His research in India involves agricultural water and drought management.
B. Sahadeva Reddy, Senior Scientist (Agronomy), Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University Agricultural Research Station

Dr. Reddy worked with Dr. Jon Bartholic of the Institute for Water Research from 05/26/08 – 07/03/08. His research focused on improved techniques in water management, soil and water conservation for drought management. His research in India involves water management and drought mitigating techniques.

2007 Fellows

Igor Pajović, High researcher, University of Montenegro, Biotechnology Institute, Dept. Plant Protection

Dr. Pajović worked with Dr. Bird in the Department of Entomology from 10/15/07 – 11/23/07. His research focused on nematode control in potato and greenhouses. His research in Montenegro involves applied zoology and control and quarantine of economically important pests on imported plant materials.

Boris Popović, Teaching and Research Assistant, Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad

Dr.Popović worked with Dr. Ray Hammerschmidt in the Department of Plant Pathology from 10/15/07 – 11/23/07. His research focused on the nature of plant defenses and induced resistance to disease in plant pathogen systems. His research in Serbia involves antioxidant systems of plants and their dynamic responses to environmental stress factors, biochemistry of plant resistance and food irradiation.

Emil Rekanović, Research Associate/Plant Pathologist (fungal diseases, vegetables), Pesticide and Environmental Research InstituteMr. Rekanović worked with Dr. Willie Kirk in the Department of Plant Pathology from 10/15/07 – 11/23/07. His research focused on biological, morphological and ecological characteristics of phytopathogenous fungi, and researching and developing methods for forecasting occurrence of plant disease agents. His research in Serbia involves fungal diseases of vegetables  Kapila Weeratunga, Lecturer in Agricultural Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri LankaMr. Weeratunga worked with Dr. Randy Beaudry of the Department of Horticulture from 10/7/07 – 11/10/07. His research focused on post harvest technologies. His research in Sri Lanka involves small-scale combustion of woody biomass.
Prathiba Aruni Weerasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri LankaDr. Weerasinghe worked with Dr. Cholani Weebadde of the Department of Horticulture from 10/07/07 – 11/10/07. Her research focused on molecular marker techniques in biotechnology. Her research in Sri Lanka involves feasibility of anther culture in wild rice species, cultivation of lettuce in hydroponics systems in dry zones, development of home gardens using harvested rain water and the uptake of heavy metals by plants. Chandanie Rajapaksha, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri LankaDr. Rajapaksha worked with Dr. James Tiedje of the Crop and Soil Science Department from 10/07/07 – 11/10/07. Her research focused on soil bioremediation. Her research in Sri Lanka involves soil inoculants and biofertilizer development.
Mariusz Maciejczak, Senior Lecturer, Warsaw Agricultural University – SGGWDr. Maciejczak worked with Dr. George Bird of the Department of Entomology from 04/29/07 – 09/06/07. His research focused on costs and benefits of co-existence of GMO and non-GM based agricultural supply chains. His research in Poland involves management, enterprise and farm economics, and issues related to agriculture and food economy and management.

 

2006 Fellows

Madurapperuma Arachchi Appuhamilage Buddhika Dilhan, Research/Project Officer, Ruk RakagannoDr. Dilhan worked with Dr. Stuart Gage in the Department of Entomology from 10/12/06 – 11/22/06. His research focused on remote sensing and GIS. His research in Sri Lanka involves plant regeneration, phenology and fire tolerance of seeds. Amali Manori Ranasinghe, Research Associate, Agriculture Biotechnology Center, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri LankaMs. Ranasinghe worked with Dr. Cholani Weebadde in the Department of Horticulture from 10/15/06 – 11/22/06. Her research focused on new methods, techniques and tools of modern biotechnology and genetic engineering. Her research in Sri Lanka involves microbiology, molecular biology and environmental science.Mohamed Ismail Safeena, Senior Lecturer, South Eastern University of Sri LankaDr. Safeena worked with Dr. Cholani Weebadde of the Department of Horticulture from 10/15/06 – 11/22/06. Her research focused on studying new methods and tools of biotechnology and genetic engineering, including DNA fingerprinting, genome sequencing, and Southern and northern blotting techniques. Her research in Sri Lanka involves plant breeding and crop improvement for biotic and abiotic stresses using biotechnology, antioxidants in plants under abiotic stress, and tissue culture. Zoran Jovović, Research Associate, Biotechnical Institute, MontenegroDr. Jovović worked with Dr. Willie Kirk of the Plant Pathology Department and Dr. Dave Douches of the Crop and Soil Science Department from 09/09/06 – 10/25/06. His research focused on potato biotechnology. His research in Montenegro involves seed potato production, seed-related aspects of commercial potato production, influence of agro-environmental conditions on production and variety trials.Ivana Maksimović, Associate professor, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, SerbiaDr. Maksimović worked with Dr. Mitch McGrath in the Department of Crop and Soil Science from 09/18/06 – 11/03/06. Her research focused on sugar beet biotechnology. Her research in Serbia involves breeding and biotechnology for improving sugar beet genetic potential and improvement of genetic, production and industrial potential of wheat by classic breeding and modern biotechnology.

2005 Fellows

Srdjan Soskic, Researcher of Biotechnical Science, Government of Montenegro, MontenegroMr. Soskic worked with Dr. Jon Bartholic in the Institute of Water Research in from 08/27/05 – 09/30/05. His research focused on water management. His research in Montenegro involves biotechnical science, soil and water melioration, and irrigation. Tzvetelin Dessev, University of Food Technologies, BulgariaMr. Dessev worked with Dr. Kirk Dolan of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition from 08/27/05 – 09/30/05. His research focused on continuous aeration of sponge dough. His research in Bulgaria involves food safety and quality, aeration of food products, emulsions, rheology, image analysis and micro and cellular structure of foams and emulsions and their influence on food safety and quality.Samir Izetov Naimov, Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv, BulgariaDr. Naimov worked with Dr. David Douches in the Crop and Soil Science Department from 08/27/05 – 09/30/05. His research focused on insect pest management and Bt toxins. His research in Bulgaria involves insect resistant transgenic plants and Bt delta-endotoxins. Slavica Colic, Senior Researcher, Institute PKB Agroekonomik, SerbiaMs. Colic worked with Dr. Amy Iezzoni in the Horticulture Department from 08/27/05 – 09/30/05. Her research focused on fruit breeding and genetics. Her research in Serbia involves fruit breeding and selection and off-season berry production.Veselka Vlahova, Senior Assistant of the Agroecology Department, Agricultural University of Plovdiv, BulgariaDr. Vlahova worked with Dr. Randy Beaudry from 08/27/05 – 09/30/05. Her research focused on food safety quality and packaging technologies. Her research in Bulgaria involves ecology, agroecological protection, and air pollution and its influence on ecological systems.