Dr Lumbani Mwafulirwa

Research Fellow

Background

I work with Prof. Liz Baggs in the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security as a post-doctoral research fellow on a project titled 'Exploiting the potential of genotype microbiome interactions to promote sustainable soil health in southern Africa'. My role involves studying soil microbial populations and the processes they undertake to gain in-depth understanding of root-soil interactions underpinning soil health and sustainable crop production, working closely with project partners at the James Hutton Institute, University of Sheffield and CIMMYT Zimbabwe.

I obtained a PhD in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2017, and a MSc (2009, University of Essex and Writtle University College) and BSc (2006, University of Malawi) in horticultural sciences. From 2010 to 2012 I worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as a research associate in a soybean breeding program in Malawi.