Cathrine Ziyomo joined ILRI as a Senior Scientist – Molecular Breeder in February 2018. She joined the BecA-ILRI hub to lead the The Integrated Genomic Service and Support (IGSS) platform whose aim is to facilitate molecular breeding in Africa by offering high-quality, high density SNP genotyping services and the allied breeding and statistical support needed to allow breeders to use this technology in crop or livestock improvement programs. The IGSS is supported by a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to BecA-ILRI. She holds a Bsc (Hons) in Crop production and Horticulture from Midlands State University in Zimbabwe and a Msc in Plant Breeding from the University of Zimbabwe. She obtained her doctorate degree (PhD) in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Minnesota and also has postdoctoral experience from the Danforth Plant Science Center.
Prior to joining ILRI, Cathrine was a maize Molecular Breeder for Dupont Pioneer based in Zimbabwe. She was responsible for the development of drought and early maturing (day 125) maize hybrids.