Monday, April 13, 2015

AfricaRice's genetic diversity and improvement expert is guest at Young Researcher's Lunch

The Young Researchers' Lunch for April hosted Takashi Kumashiro, program leader for Genetic Diversity and Improvement at Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice). During the lunch, Dr. Kumashiro shared the details of his career, which started at the Plant Breeding and Genetics Research Laboratory of Japan Tobacco Inc.  He then became the director of the Biological Resources Division of Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences before joining AfricaRice. Dr. Kumashiro discussed his career transitions from research to management and from private to public sector. He also emphasized the importance of knowing the beneficiaries of any research undertakings.

Participating researchers included Zilhas Ahmed Jewel, Robert Coe, Walter Krystler Israel, Ma. Veronica Sapasap, Geisha Sanchez, and Haley Sater.

The Young Researchers Lunch is a monthly meeting for NRS and AFSTRI scientists who are in the early stages of their career. The purpose of the activity is to provide an opportunity for discussions with senior scientists on a range of topics including science and career paths.

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