Elizabeth Wangeci Njuguna
Kenya 2020
Elizabeth Wangeci Njuguna is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Biopesticide Group of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Cape Town Component, under the ICGEB Arturo Falaschi Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  She also holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Ghent University, Belgium, and a master's degree in Molecular Biology from KU Leuven University, Belgium. Njuguna’s research focuses on promoting safe and sustainable means of pest control through programs geared towards enhancing the use of biopesticides as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. She is developing biopesticide options for fall armyworm control in southern Africa where she specifically conducts bioassays with potential phytochemical compounds to determine promising botanicals against fall armyworm. Her research is informed by the fact that even though many biocontrol agents have been identified and isolated over the years, few have been developed or registered for commercial adoption.
Elizabeth Wangeci Njuguna hopes to become a policy advisor in agricultural biotechnology and create an impact by contributing to solving some of the immediate food security and environmental challenges while improving the livelihoods of people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Field of Research
Assessment of the policy, regulatory and technical barriers to biopesticide research and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

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