Josiah Musembi Mutuku

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Postdoctoral scientist

Josiah Musembi Mutuku is a postdoctoral scientist with the BecA-ILRI Hub ‘Leaving a bad taste in aphids’ mouths’ bean project. He is characterizing the genetic regulation of the plant virus-mediated manipulation of plant-aphid interactions. With a keen interest in crop improvement, Musembi studies molecular plant-pathogen interactions aiming to understand host plant immunity.

Before joining the BecA-ILRI Hub, Musembi was studying the rice-Striga hermonthica interaction at the Ken Shirasu lab at RIKEN, Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama Japan. He joined RIKEN as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow. For his PhD at Kagoshima University Japan, he examined the interaction between rice and Rhizoctonia solani the pathogen that causes sheath blight disease. Musembi is from Kenya.

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