During their regional network meeting in April in Burundi, the steering committee members of the Banana Research Network for East and Southern Africa (BARNESA) nominated Svetlana Gaidashova to be the BARNESA representative on the ProMusa steering committee.
Svetlana has an MSc degree in Biology from the Lomonosov Moscow State University of Moscow, Russia. She completed her PhD in Soil Biology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 2009. Svetlana started her research career as a nematologist at the Russian Academy of Science, Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russia. She moved to the Rwanda Agricultural Research Institute in 1998 where – as scientist and Banana Research Program leader – she continues her research in nematology, agronomy, soil biology and germplasm evaluation in banana-based cropping systems. Svetlana has dual nationality, Russian and Rwandese, and is fluent in Russian (mother tongue), English, French and Kinyarwanda.
Meanwhile, during their regional network meeting in July in Peru, Luis Perez Vicente was nominated by the steering committee members of the Latin America and Caribbean network (MUSALAC) to be their representative on the ProMusa steering committee.
Luis works as Senior Plant Pathologist at the Plant Health Research Institute (INISAV) of the Ministry of Agriculture in Havana, Cuba. He graduated as Agronomic Engineer and obtained his PhD degree from the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Agropecuarias de la Habana (ISCAH), today the Agrarian University of Havana, where he now is Senior Professor. He did post-doc studies on Molecular Biology and Genetics of Microorganisms at the School of Biological Sciences, Havana University and received a post-doc course in Fungicide Resistance in Crop Protection at the Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Luis has dedicated his career to research on tropical plant pathogens (mainly banana diseases) in Cuba and the broader region. From 1998 to 2010, he was the Director of the Central Plant Quarantine Laboratory of the National Plant Health Center of the Ministry of Agriculture. Since 2006 up to now, he is an Honorary Research Fellow of Bioversity International/RELAC, focusing on black leaf streak and Fusarium wilt in the region. Luis has the Cuban nationality; his mother tongue is Spanish and he also speaks English.
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