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Richard Echodu

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Senior Lecturer and the Dean, Faculty of Science, Gulu University (Uganda)

Dr Richard Echodu is a Senior Lecturer and the Dean, Faculty of Science at the Gulu University, where he also heads the bioscience research laboratories. Richard Echodu is a lead investigator on a Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs) I grant project entitled ‘Development and validation of a new diagnostic tool for detection and characterization of sweet potato viruses in East Africa using next generation sequencing’. The goal of this research is to characterize sweet potato viruses in East Africa using next generation sequencing tools and to develop simple, low-cost paper-based diagnostic assays suited to resource-limited setting of Africa for effective disease management, control, production of virus-free planting materials, leading to increased crop yield and improved food security of smallholder farmers.

Echodu was awarded a PhD scholarship through a US National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Global Infectious Disease Training Program and spent two years as Postgraduate Fellow at Yale University, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health School of Medicine conducting his PhD research.

Dr Richard Echodu has published extensively, presented research findings at international conferences and mentored undergraduate and graduate students. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology/Genetics from Gulu University, Uganda and has an MSc in Molecular Biology and BSc Biomedical Technology from Makerere University, Uganda.


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