jeff.ehlers

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Title: 
Dr.
Full name: 
Jeff Ehlers
First Name: 
Jeff
Surname: 
Ehlers
Function: 
Second PO on the grant

History

Member for
3 years 4 months
Institute: 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Country: 
USA
Career: 

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in mid-2012, Jeff worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Kenya from 1985-1988 as a legume breeder, then worked breeding wild rice in Northern California for a small seed and farming company for 3 years.  He then joined UC-Riverside, where he spent over 20 years on various projects serving the legume industry in California. With USAID funding he continued to work in Africa with the national cowpea programs of Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mozambique and Ghana that provided support for to the release of 7 varieties with demonstrated economic impact in Africa. While at UC Riverside, from 2007 to 2012, he was funded by the Gates Foundation through the Generation Challenge Program to lead the development of genomic resources and modern breeding of cowpea. Jeff has authored or co-authored more than 65 scientific publications. He currently manages and co-manages several grants focused on improving plant breeding in developing countries and breeding and seed delivery grants in cowpea, chickpea, common bean, groundnut, sorghum and millets at the Gates Foundation, including the Tropical Legumes-III, HOPE-II and the McKnight Foundation co-funded Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP).