Sita R. Ghimire
Sita Ghimire (USA) is a Principal Scientist at Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) program of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. He has B.Sc. in Agriculture Sciences, M.Sc. in Applied Plant Sciences and Ph.D. in Mycology and Molecular Plant Pathology. He joined ILRI in 2013 as Senior Scientist to lead a regional forage research for development program on Brachiaria grass that aimed at increasing livestock productivity in East Africa by enhancing availability of quality forages. The program that started from pilot studies in Kenya and Rwanda is now expanded to ten more counties in the Sub Saharan Africa. Currently, he manages research program at BecA, provides mentorship to African Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellows and supervises postdoctoral scientists, research technicians and interns on plant pathology and plant sciences research. His research focuses on plant beneficial microbes and plant pathogens of economically important crops and tropical forages. Previously, Sita worked with RTI International, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Mississippi State University and Nepal Agricultural Research Council. He has 29 years of experiences working as plant pathologists in Africa, Asia and the United States of America. He has extensive experiences of subsistence and low-input agriculture systems, and has generated several crop protection technologies targetting the smallholder farmers. He has co-authored over 100 scientific publications of which 31 are referred journal articles. Sita is a member of American Phytopathological Society and the Nepalese Society of Agricultural Scientists. He serves as Senior Editor of Phytobiomes, the first open access journal of the American Phytopathological Society.