Cathrine Ziyomo

Cathrine Ziyomo

Cathrine Ziyomo is a Senior Scientist – Molecular Breeder at ILRI. She holds a Bsc (Hons) in Crop production and Horticulture from Midlands State University in Zimbabwe and a Msc in Plant Breeding from the University of Zimbabwe. Both her bachelors and masters degree projects were conducted at CIMMYT in Harare, Zimbabwe focusing on drought tolerance. She obtained her doctorate degree (PhD) in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Minnesota and also has postdoctoral experience from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Missouri where she worked on ionomics in the maize Nested Association Mapping (NAM) population.She joined the BecA-ILRI hub to lead the Integrated Genomic Service and Support (IGSS) platform whose aim is to facilitate molecular breeding in Africa by offering high-quality, high density SNP genotyping services and the allied breeding and statistical support needed to allow breeders to use this technology in crop or livestock improvement programs. This should develop molecular plant breeding capacity for National Agricultural Research Centers (NARS).Prior to joining ILRI, Cathrine was a maize Molecular Breeder for Dupont Pioneer based in Zimbabwe, responsible for leading plant breeding efforts that lead to the development of drought and early maturing (day 125) hybrids. Her research experience spans quantitative genetics and plant breeding using DNA molecular -marker tools to improve the efficiency of plant breeding. She is also interested in research aimed at developing crops better adapted to adverse weather conditions, especially drought. In that research she was an author for the crop production chapter for the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) manual for Zimbabwe.