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Simon Peter Abah

Simon Peter popularly called S.P was born and raised in Nigeria. After graduating from University of Benin where he got his first degree in Plant Science and Biotechnology, he did his National Service at the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike. A place he got employed after completion of the service and serves as a research scientist in the area of modern molecular breeding. He also handles field trials and he is flexible in both classical and genetic analysis. Years later, he completed his second degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike with the collaborative effort of the Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project (NextGen). In his second degree, he developed protocol for the induction of flowering among cassava genotypes that do not flower which was one of the key objectives of NextGen project. Immediately he completed his Masters, he was offered a scholarship through NextGen platform to do his PhD degree in Plant Breeding at West African Centre for Crop Improvements (WACCI), University of Ghana, Legon. His research objective is to optimize genetic gain of cassava breeding cycle of genomic selection, through high throughput screening systems and his key traits are storage root formation and storage root shape. It is also important to note that his screening procedures are noninvasive. He has mentored a number of students in their projects, served in various leadership roles including coordinating, supervising and teaching/training assistant at various workshops and short courses, a member of many national and international scientific bodies, etc. It is also noteworthy that Simon Peter served as the class representative of Cohort 12.