Mathias Twizeyimana is a Plant Pathologist at AgBiome. Before joining the Company, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Riverside (2012-2014), conducting research on diseases of avocado and citrus, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2008-2011), working on soybean rust and other soybean diseases.
Mathias has authored around 20 scientific publications in leading plant pathology journals and was involved in studying the biology and survival of some plant pathogens, host-pathogen interaction, screening methods, virulence and aggressiveness, pathogenic and genetic diversity; greenhouse and field evaluations; in vitro fungicide sensitivity; and using fungicide, biocontrol agents and plant defense elicitors to control plant pathogens. Mathias developed (i) a detached-leaf assay used in laboratory assays in screening soybean for resistance to rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi) and Musa to Black Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fijiensis) and (ii) a cut-stem inoculation technique used in screening soybean for resistance to charcoal rot (Macrophomina phaseolina).
Mathias received his Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Ibadan and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria (2008), all his Ph.D. research activities were conducted at IITA and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.