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2020 OWSD PhD Graduates

December 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may have cancelled graduation ceremonies for many universities around the world, but it didn't stop these OWSD fellows from receiving their PhDs. Below, we celebrate the fellows who graduated in 2020; click on any name to learn more about that fellow. Congratulations, Drs.!

 
 
 
 
 
From left to right: Maggie Munthali, Lindleen Runyararo Mutseiwa-Mugwagwa, Rumbidzai MuvunziKhin Aye Myint
 
From left to right: Nasrin SultanaDiane Estelle Temgoua Djouatsa, Piwai Tshuma, Wah Wah Lwin
 
 
 
 
Ishtiag Abdalla
Sudan

2013 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Pretoria, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Evolution and recent speciation in two disparate endemic South African insect genera: Macroderes (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and Nemopterella (Neuroptera: Nemopteridae)" 

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Joyce Agyei-Amponsah

Ghana

2015 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Pretoria, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Sensory, rheology, tribology and shelflife of reduced fat mayonnaise-type emulsions formulated with lipid-modified maize starch as fat replacer" 

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Jessica Ayensu

Ghana

2015 fellow

PhD awarded from: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Title of PhD: "Development, acceptability and potential nutritional impact of insect-fortified biscuits in pregnant women in Ashanti region, Ghana"

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Bertille Edith Bella Nke
Cameroon

2014 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Dschang, Cameroon

Title of PhD: "Structural analysis of plutonic and mylonitic rocks of the Plaine-Tikar (Manchi-Mbakop-Magba-Bitou sector) - West-Cameroon area" 

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Pascaline Ciza Azine
Democratic Republic of the Congo

2016 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Dschang, Cameroon

Title of PhD: "Evaluation of some flavor enhancers as sources of monosodium glutamate for growth activation and organoleptic quality in broiler chickens" 

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Peguy Flora Djuidje Kouomou
Cameroon

2013 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

Title of PhD: "Contribution of actinobacteria (actinomycetes) in the biological fight against Pythium myriotylum, the agent responsible for root rot of macabo (Xanthosoma sagittifolium L. Schott)" 

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Nothando Dunjana

Zimbabwe

2014 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Exploring the potential of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum 1) waste-based organic amendments for fertility management of sandy soils in maize-tobacco smallholder systems of Zimbabwe." 

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Alice Ikuzwe
Rwanda

2014 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Pretoria, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Energy savings and maintenance optimization of energy-efficient lighting retrofit projects incorporating lumen degradation" 

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Claire Ineza 

Rwanda

2010 fellow

PhD awarded from: Stellenbosch University, South Africa 

Title of PhD: "Synthesis and use of novel ligands for the selective extraction of cobalt from other base metal ions" 

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Wisdom Iyanda-Joel

Nigeria

2015 fellow

PhD awarded from: Covenant University, Nigeria 

Title of PhD: "Phytochemical, antibacterial and toxicological studies of fruit-skin and leaf extracts of Annona muricata linnaeus (soursop)"

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Tinotenda Mangadze

Zimbabwe

2015 fellow

PhD awarded from: Rhodes University, South Africa 

Title of PhD: "Ecological assessment of a temperate river system using biomonitoring techniques: a case study of the Bloukrans river system, South Africa"

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Catherine Maware
Zimbabwe

2015 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Pretoria, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Lean Manufacturing for quality and performance improvement in Zimbabwean industries"

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Maggie Golie Munthali
Malawi

2014 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Pretoria, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Analysis of land use and land cover change dynamics and its implications on natural resources in Dedza district, Malawi"

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Lindleen Runyararo Mutseiwa-Mugwagwa
Zimbabwe

2016 fellow

PhD awarded from: Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Fractionation of agro-waste to produce biopolymers and bioactive compounds for active food packaging"

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Rumbidzai Muvunzi
Zimbabwe

2014 fellow

PhD awarded from: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Title of PhD: "Application of additive manufacturing for improved thermal management of hot sheet metal forming tools"

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Khin Aye Myint
Myanmar

2015 fellow

PhD awarded from: Universiti Putri Malaysia, Malaysia

Title of PhD: "Genetic diversity of MPOB-Senegal oil palm germplasm based on quantitative traits and microsatellite markers"

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Nasrin Sultana
Bangladesh

2013 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Title of PhD: "Population dynamics of active aerobic methane-oxidizing bacteria in paddy soils and their contribution to soil organic carbon accumulation"

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Diane Estelle Temgoua Djouatsa
Cameroon

2015 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

Title of PhD: "Generation and propagation of rogue waves in optical fibers and chiral media"

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Piwai Tshuma
Zimbabwe

2016 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Johannesburg, South Africa 

Title of PhD: "Catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to useful products using novel meta-organic frameworks (MOFs)"

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Wah Wah Lwin
Myanmar

2012 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Title of PhD: "QTL mapping and functional dissection for spikelet number per panicle in rice"

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Jeanne Yetchom Fondjo
Cameroon

2016 fellow

PhD awarded from: University of Douala, Cameroon

Title of PhD: "Ecology and taxonomy of Acridomorpha (Orthoptera: Acrididia) of the forest zone of the Littoral region of Cameroon"

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