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BSc, MSc, PhD

Rekha Swamy obtained her PhD in Plant Pathology specialising on identifying Bemisia tabaci variants in South India after completing an MSc in Plant Pathology and First degree in Agriculture at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, India. Dr Swamy obtained her second MSc in Natural Resources at the University of Greenwich funded by Department for International Development, DFID Fellowship for research to understand the molecular biodiversity of B. tabaci populations and associated begomoviruses in the Indian sub-continent. Dr Swamy then undertook a postdoctoral position at the University of Greenwich in Microalgae Biotechnology department as a bioenergy specialist for developing methods for efficient extraction of glycerol from marine algae. Dr Swamy Joined NRI in 2019 as ACWP Biotechnology Scientist to provide project and technical support primarily to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded African Cassava Whitefly Project entitled “Cassava-whitefly control for sustainable food security in Sub-Saharan Africa” (ACWP, Phase 2).

The aim of Dr Swamy's research is to use novel technologies for robust and long-term African cassava whitefly control specifically aiming control by RNAi-silencing to future proof African cassava production.

  • Dr Swamy is involved in the project entitled “Cassava-whitefly control for sustainable food security in Sub-Saharan Africa (ACWP2)” to develop novel technologies for robust and long-term African cassava whitefly control. The work is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Dr Swamy was involved in the projects, Glycal and ECOTEC 21 to develop the biofuel (glycerol) supply chain and demonstrate biofuel (glycerol) CHP. The work was funded by Medway Council.

Research and training students.

  • Former member of the British society for plant pathology.
  • Former member of the Indian journal of Nematology.
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