Ireti Balogun started off as an intern with AbacusBio in June 2018. Over these months, she has been involved in various projects, working on the implementation and use of AbacusBio's ventures such as AniCloud/Anicapture, reviewing literature, analysing data, and generating client reports with the team.
Originally from Nigeria, Ireti will soon embark on a PhD next year at the University of Otago.
In partnership with Cornell University's NextGen Cassava Breeding Programme funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid, Ireti's PhD project will be prioritising smallholder farmers' preferences for cassava with an emphasis on gender-related traits.
Taking into account traits that are significantly prioritised based on genders, when developing breeding objectives, can have a positive impact on food security and the livelihoods of smallholder farms.
As part of her PhD, Ireti will be working closely with rural communities in Nigeria and potentially Uganda.