Dr. Settumba Mukasa

Dr. Senttumba is an Associate Professor of Genetics and Plant Virology at the School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda). He obtained a PhD (Plant Virology; SLU, Uppsala Sweden); MSc (QLD, Australia), and BSc (Makerere University). He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and supervised several MSc and PhD student.

He has won several competitive research grants; and with research interest in seed systems with over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is a promoter of SENAI Bioscience Laboratories, and the Managing Director of SENAI Farm Supplies Ltd.

Dr. Settumba Mukasa is an Associate Professor of Crop Science (Genetics and Virology) at the School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda, and with business acumen. He obtained a PhD in Plant Pathology (Virology) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden; MSc (Genetics/Plant Breeding) from the University of Queensland, Australia; and BSc Agriculture (Crop Science) from Makerere University.

Over the last 20 years, he has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Genetics, Biometry, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Tissue Culture, and Plant Virology. He has supervised to completion 33 MSc students and 17 PhD students. He has won several competitive research grants and actively carried out research and led a number of biotechnology research projects in Uganda, in the East African region and projects involving international partners and collaborators.

His research interest is in the areas of plant biotechnology, and seed systems for vegetatively propagated crops including bananas, cassava, and sweetpotato. He has published over 60 papers in various several international and peer-reviewed journals. Prof Mukasa is a reviewer to a number of scientific journals and also a science editor for the Makerere University Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (MUJAES).

He is serving as a member of the National Biosafety Committee of the National Council for Science and Technology (2017-2020; 2021-2024). Besides services to the University and local communities, he is a promoter of business ideas including to Senai Bioscience Laboratories, and Senai Farm Supplies Limited (www.senaibioscience.org).

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