Hannah Wangari Karuri
Kenya 2014
Hannah Wangari Karuri carried her love of high school biology to university, where she studied botany, zoology, and chemistry. By her fourth year, she had developed an interest in genetically modified (GM) plants, and enrolled for MSc studies immediately after graduation. She floated her research idea with a departmental lecturer, who was the principal investigator of the BIO-EARN project based at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, and he agreed to incorporate her in the project.
When I see that my work has the potential to have a large impact on many people, I am encouraged to continue with research.
Field of Research
I hope our proposal is successful because sweet potatoes are mainly grown by women, and I want to help improve their lot.

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