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Name:

NDJIONDJOP NZENKAM Marie Noelle

Nationality:

Cameroonian

Position held:

Molecular Biologist

Year of Employment:

2002

Qualifications:

1990-1992 Licence de Biochimie Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier France
1992 - 1993 Maîtrise de Biochimie Chimie et Biologie Moléculaire Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier France
1993-1994 DEA « Bases de la production Végétale » Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier France
1994-1995 DESS Nutrition Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier France
PhD, 1995 -1999, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier France. “Hérédité, mécanisme et cartographie d’un marqueur lié au gène de résistance au virus de la panachure jaune du riz”/ ”Heredity, mechanism and mapping of a marker linked to rice yellow mottle virus resistant gene in rice”

Specialization/Expertise: Molecular Geneticist

Experience:

Post doctoral 1999 – 2002. AfricaRice - M’bé, Bouaké, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
September 2002 – to date: Molecular biologist/Head of Biotechnology Unit at AfricaRice

Her research focus: Genetic profiling of NERICA (New Rice for Africa) lines and populations; Gene mapping with focus on drought; Marker Assisted Selection with focus on rice yellow mottle virus

Others Experience
She set-up the biotechnology laboratories at M’bé (Côte d’Ivoire)in Bamako and in Benin, and strengthened the scientific capacity of the biotechnology unit. Currently, the laboratory has almost a well established facility and has two post doctoral fellows working in it. Four support staffs and four PhD students are also working in the biotechnology laboratory.

Collaborative research:
- Research collaboration with IRD on interspecific genomic and rice yellow mottle virus
- Research collaboration with Cornell University on development of introgression lines
- Lead PI, collaborative project for Marker Assisted Selection and capacity building in molecular techniques in four NARS countries (Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and The Gambia) and PI of the project namely “Gene mining of indigenous rice germplasm (Oryza glaberrima & Oryza sativa) to improve drought resistance in rainfed production systems for resource poor farmers of Africa”

Major Achievements:

Mapping of major gene associate with the high resistance to Rice Yellow Mottle Virus in two cultivated rice
Genetic profiling of NERICA and other breeding lines and populations
Establish the MAS System at AfricaRice
Set up molecular and Anther culture Lab at Africarice
Training course in molecular breeding
Markers Assisted Selection of RYMV resistant gene in West Africa Elite Lines