Title: Professor of Biological Sciences/Microbiology
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Pius Kyesmu, Professor of Biological Sciences and Microbiology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
Dr. Kyesmu is an expert in biological sciences and microbiology and has been instrumental in teaching future generations in these fields for more than three decades. In 2009, he joined the faculty at Florida State College as an adjunct professor, and was honored with a full professorship in 2011. He previously taught at Florida Community College, Edward Waters College and the University of Jos. Furthermore, he served as the deputy director of the National Biotechnology Development Agency from 2002 to 2005 and as a senior research fellow of the Sheda Science and Technology Complex from 200 to 2002. Dr. Kyesmu’s achievements include the development of cryopreservation protocols in vitro propagation techniques of vegetatively propagated tuber crops and the development of genetic fingerprinting for a minor tuber crop, the rizga (plecthranthus esculentus N.E. Br).
Dr. Kyesmu was set on his path by first earning a Bachelor of Science in plant science from the University of Jos in 1984. He continued at the institution to receive a Master of Science in applied microbiology and plant pathology in 1987. He later received a PhD in plant biotechnology from the University of London in 1996 and explored his interests in forensic drug chemistry in a graduate program at the University of Florida in 2007. In his career, Dr. Kyesmu has contributed to the book “Lost Crops of Africa” and has published numerous articles that have been published or accepted in the scientific community. To remain abreast of trends and information in the scientific field, Dr. Kyesmu maintains affiliation with the International Association of Plant Biotechnology and the American Society of Microbiology.
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