Farmers in East Africa need food and for us to care about them. How can the community help to disrupt the agricultural development sector? We are starting to see a trend towards technology, like pocket DNA sequencing and supercomputing, making a huge impact for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our team has reported 800x cassava plant yield increases for smallholder farmers with directed technology interventions. Let’s spend the evening talking about scaling, new tech ideas and impacting lives
Dr Boykin is a computational biologist who uses genomics and supercomputing to help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa control whiteflies, which have caused devastation of local cassava crops. Using genetic data to understand the whitefly’s evolution, Dr Boykin’s research has proven important genetic differences in various whitefly species. Boykin also works to equip African scientists with a greater knowledge of genomics and high-performance computing skills to tackle future insect outbreaks.
Boykin completed her PhD in biology at the University of New Mexico while working at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Molecular Sciences and the ARC CoE Plant Energy Biology at UWA.