Knowledge for a sustainable world

Research Group:
Molecular Virology and Entomology

Current PhD students:

  • Ruth O. Festus: Development and evaluation of novel diagnostic tools for African yam viruses
  • Katherine Connor: Diversity and evolution of plant DNA viruses: implications of climate change for disease management
  • Juan Paolo Sicat: Evolution of invasiveness of whiteflies belonging to the Bemisia tabaci species complex.
  • Steven Sewe: Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) characterization of plant viral diversity and host interactions in West African yam (Dioscorea spp.)
  • Phillip Abidrabo

Previous PhD students:

  • Tadeo Kaweesi: Identification of new gene targets for control of cassava whitefly (Bemisia tabaci)
  • Ajith Rathnayake: Establishing the link between plant stress signalling and activatable endogenous pararetroviruses
  • Annet Namuddu: Identification of essential detoxification genes in African cassava whitefly populations as potential targets for silencing and effective pest control
  • Joachim Nwezeobi: Transcriptomic and genomic analysis of the West African cassava whitefly populations
  • Sona Vyskocilova: Gene flow between Bemisia tabaci Mediterranean (MED) populations and their host-plant preferences
  • Medhavi Ranatunga: Immunological response to Leishmania infection of human cell
  • Habibu Mugerwa (2018) Diversity, molecular characterisation and diagnostic tests to assist the development of effective whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, control in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Nikunj Naik (2018) Computational characterization of gene families in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci
  • Mitul Patel (2016) Assembly and annotation of the transcriptome and genome of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, generated using next generation sequencing technologies
  • Springate S (2015) The cabbage whitefly, Aleyrodes proletella: outbreaks and potential solutions.
  • Aliyu Turaki (2014) Are endogenous pararetrovirus sequences in yam genomes activatable and responsible for widespread badnavirus infections in West African yams?
  • Nawres Sadeq (2013) Molecular characterisation of plant viruses infecting potato and vegetables in Iraq.
  • M.M. Abarshi (2012) Biodiversity and pathogenicity of viruses causing cassava brown streak disease.
  • Chowda Reddy RV (2004) Molecular characterisation of tomato leaf curl viruses and Bemisia tabaci.
  • Herselman L (2003) Genetic linkage map development and identification of molecular markers linked to groundnut rosette disease aphid resistance in groundnut.
  • Alicai T. (2003) Cassava mosaic resistant cassava: selective effects on cassava mosaic begomoviruses and reversion and recovery from cassava mosaic disease.
  • Omongo CA. (2003) Bemisia tabaci, behaviour and ecology in relation to the spread of the cassava mosaic epidemic in Uganda. 
  • Lebas BSM (2002) Diversity of viruses infecting Dioscorea species in the South Pacific
  • Nakyanzi M (2002) Molecular and pathogenic diversity of isolates of Mycosphaerella fijiensis from E.Africa
  • Maruthi MN. (2001) Bemisia tabaci and geminivirus variability in relation to cassava mosaic disease.
  • Abubakar Z. (2000) Development of diagnostic techniques for bacterial pathogens of crop plants in Tanzania.
  • Thwaites RM (1999) Molecular studies on pathogenicity genes of vascular bacterial pathogens of Musa spp.
  • Henríquez N P (1997). Diagnostic techniques for discrimination between the components of the corn stunt complex in Mexico and Central America.
  • Jayaratne D L (1996) Detection and differentiation of potyviruses affecting yam.