Macsamuel Ugbaa is a young plant breeder from Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Jos, specializing in botany in 2007. His main research interests include the genetic improvement of cowpea using molecular tools.
Whilst studying for his master’s in plant breeding and genetics, Macsamuel worked as a Research Fellow with the Molecular Biology Laboratory, University of Agriculture Makurdi, and within this time, he worked on his thesis which focused on identifying molecular markers for Alectra resistance in cowpea. The aim of this project was to use SSR markers linked to Alectra resistance gene to develop elite cowpea varieties. His work has been presented at conferences in Nigeria, India, the United States, and most recently at the Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference, 2016.
Macsamuel is currently pursuing his PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics, as well as working as an Assistant Lecturer and Researcher with the Department of Plant breeding and Seed Science, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria. His current research aims to identify and validate SNP markers for Alectra resistance in cowpea, and conversion to PCR markers.