Adjunct Assistant Professor
Hale Ann Tufan is Project Manager for NEXTGEN Cassava Breeding Project and leads the Gender Responsive Cassava Breeding Initiative under this project. Previously she held a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Natural Resources Institute, UK, where she used RNA-sequencing to decipher cassava defense responses to viral diseases. She has worked as an assistant wheat breeder at the CIMMYT Winter Wheat Improvement Program in Turkey, and at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK, studying institutional tensions around implementing molecular breeding in developing countries. She completed her PhD at the John Innes Centre UK, on wheat molecular defense responses to fungal pathogens. Her current work focuses on designing gender responsive crop breeding programs, designing baseline surveys for gendered crop trait preferences, and conceptualizing tools to codify and translate farmer knowledge for breeding programs, especially for use in upstream trait selection.