Cholani K. Weebadde

Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
  A384D Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg
  (517) 355-0271 x1159


Cholani Weebadde is an Assistant Professor a in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and is a member of the new Center for Genomics Enabled Plant Science at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. degree with a dual major in Genetics and the Plant Breeding and Genetics programs of Michigan State University in 2005. As the Plant Breeder for International Programs, Dr. Weebadde interacts closely with MSU breeders to help expand their programs by reaching out to the global plant breeding community through initiating collaborative research and capacity building programs.

Dr. Weebadde is actively involved in plant breeding and biotechnology capacity building programs. In collaboration with the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology (PBGB) program and the World Technology Access Program (WorldTAP) at MSU, she established and coordinates an annual International Program on Marker Assisted Breeding. This program has also been offered at international settings including Ecuador, India and Sri Lanka. Furthermore, she has served as a coordinator and mentor for the USDA Norman E. Borlaug Fellows from Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. These two programs have served as stepping-stones for initiating collaborative research and capacity building programs with a number of countries.

Dr. Weebadde is also involved in biosafety capacity building programs and is a member of the Biosafety Team at MSU for the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) Project. She has actively participated in biotechnology and biosafety capacity building programs with several countries including Indonesia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Mali, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Uganda. She currently serves as the Thematic team leader for Biotechnology in the South Asia Partnership initiative at MSU.