News 2017-06-29: Visit to Ghana - June 2017

June 29, 2017

Perot Saelao from the Huaijun Zhou lab at UC Davis visited Dr. Boniface Kayang and the Ghana research team in order to help improve and troubleshoot the quantitation of the Newcastle disease virus through qPCR. On his arrival, Perot reviewed procedures done by the Ghana students and research team and was able to assist in the recovery of over 300 data points through reevaluation and troubleshooting. Despite the local holiday in Ghana, the team worked to establish working standards that were then validated on site and used to quantify the viral titer of 864 samples across two trials.

News 2017-02-06: The Feed the Future Innovation Lab Council West Africa Regional Partners Meeting

February 06, 2017

GIP Director Huaijun Zhou attended the Feed the Future Innovation Lab Council West Africa Regional Partners Meeting held February 6-8 2017 at the King Fahd Palace Hotel In Dakar Senegal. The objectives of the meeting were to draw together regional stakeholders, USAID country, regional and Washington staff and the Feed the Future Innovation Labs in order to:

1) Identify key agriculture and nutrition research priorities and needs for the region;

2) Examine human and institutional capacity needs and successful models;

News 2017-01-15: PhD Student from Tanzania Kicks off Borlaug LEAP Fellowship Program at the Plant and Animal Genomics Conference in San Diego

January 15, 2017

James Mushi, a PhD student conducting research at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania under the Genomics to Improve Poultry Program, kicked off his Borlaug LEAP Fellowship Program1 at the prestigious Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG) in San Diego. PAG brings together over 3,000 leading scientists in plant and animal genetics research to discuss recent developments and plans for genomics projects.

News 2016-09-07: World Poultry Congress

September 07, 2016

Dr. Huaijun Zhou was invited to give a talk on improving food security in Africa by enhancing resistance to Newcastle disease and heat stress in chickens, at The XXV World Poultry Congress in Beijing on September 7, 2016. This is one of the largest conferences in poultry science with more than 4000 delegates from 72 countries.

News 2016-03-15: Kelly Wilson Shares Research at UFWH Summit

March 15, 2016

 As part of the GIP program’s commitment to training and outreach, Esinam Nancy Amuzu-Aweh, an early career research associate at the University of Ghana, was invited to participate in the 11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP), which was held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. This congress is the premier event for researchers, students and industry professionals involved in the genetic improvement of livestock. This years’ congress brought together 1,000 delegates from all over the world.

News 2016-02-15: Research Collaboration Visit to Iowa State Unive

February 15, 2016

In order to further enhance collaborative efforts between Iowa State University and the University of California, Davis. A graduate student Perot Saelao from UC Davis was sent to ISU in order to learn, collaborate, and standardize the analysis programs and software needed to begin working with the genotyping data obtained from the Hy-Line trial. Upon arrival at ISU in late February, collaborators Dr. Sue Lamont and Dr. Jack Dekkers, along with fellow graduate student Kaylee Rowland, held a meeting in order to discuss the expectations and goals of the visit.

News 2015-07-10: Graduate Student from University California, Davis provided training at Ghana and Tanzania

July 10, 2015

Perot Saelao departed from the University of California, Davis on July 10th 2015 to assist in the research being conducted at the University of Ghana and Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. In total, he spent a week at each University working with faculty, staff, and graduate student researchers to further hone their molecular laboratory abilities and familiarize the individuals with the shared methods needed. The molecular methods being demonstrated included RNA isolation, quantitative RT-PCR, equipment calibration, and refreshment on general laboratory techniques.