Prof. Dr. Idah Sithole-Niang is professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) where she has been teaching molecular biology for more than two decades. She also coordinates the master’s degree in Biotechnology programme at UZ. She obtained an honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of London and a PhD from Michigan State University in the USA. Her research focuses on cowpea crop improvement, microbial diversity of endophytes and metagenomics of extreme environments. She is a collaborator on the African Soil Microbiology Project. She was the Principal Investigator for the just-ended “Assuring Agricultural and Food Safety of Genetically Modified Organisms in Southern Africa” (GMASSURE) Project at the UZ in collaboration with the Universities of Pretoria and Namibia. She has written authoritative papers on both biotechnology and biosafety. She is Technical Advisor for Sub- Saharan Africa, on the Programme for Biosafety Systems (PBS), where she has assisted in the development of biosafety regulatory frameworks in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. She chairs the Science House for African Youth (SHAY) Board of Trustees, is Vice- Chairperson of the Research Council of Zimbabwe, fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of the Sciences and a member of the University of Zimbabwe Council.
Her research focuses on cowpea crop improvement, microbial diversity of endophytes and metagenomics of extreme environments.