Tilly Eldridge is a visiting scientist from the John Innes Centre (JIC) in the UK. She is the first scientist to be stationed at the BecA-ILRI Hub as part of the JIC-BecA research and capacity building alliance.Tilly is responsible for developing relations between the institutes and increasing the contributions of JIC to capacity building at the BecA-ILRI Hub.
Born and raised on a small farm in Central England, Tilly obtained a BSc in Plant Sciences at The University of Manchester with a year of industrial placement at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London and a PhD in Plant development at the JIC awarded by The University of East Anglia (UEA).
Tilly's placement at the BecA-ILRI Hub is funded by The John Innes Foundation and a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supplementary grant to the Engineering Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) project. Over the next year she will be supporting capacity building activities at the BecA-ILRI Hub as well as developing her own research interests in the use of Next Generation Sequencing techniques for developing molecular markers in African breeding programs.
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