Paul Motunrayo Adunola

PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant in Horticultural Science
Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Lab - University of Florida

About Me

I am a second-year PhD student in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Florida, working under the guidance of Dr. Patricio Munoz in the Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Lab. My research revolves around a multidisciplinary approach to plant breeding, integrating phenotypic, phenomic, genomic, and environmic data. By combining statistical and genetic methodologies, my objective is to enhance blueberry breeding methods, optimizing fruit quality traits and maximizing genetic gains while minimizing costs. I am dedicated to contributing to crop development that addresses the challenges of food insecurity and climate change resilience.

Prior to my PhD studies, I obtained Master's degrees from the University of Helsinki, Institut Polytechnique Unilasalle in Beauvais, and the Federal University of Technology, Akure. During my previous research, I focused on introgressing opaque-2 gene into popcorn's genetic background and identified a putative seed lipoxygenase gene in Faba bean. Through practical plant breeding experiences at Corteva in France, KWS in Germany, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria, I gained valuable insights and hands-on skills in the field.

Additionally, I am the founder of Edu-Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing educational and social welfare support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in Nigeria. Through various support programs, including student support, feeding programs, scholarships, sanitary hygiene initiatives, and counseling and monitoring services, our mission is to address the educational challenges faced by OVCs in Nigeria and other developing countries.

While my work keeps me busy, I also enjoy exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. I have a passion for music and appreciate various forms of artwork. In my spare time, I engage in acrylic painting on small canvases. Recently, I have developed an interest in cooking and enjoy playing outdoor games with friends.

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Running Genetic Data Analysis

Technical Skills

  • Proficiency in collecting and analyzing phenomic (Near-InfraRed Spectroscopy) dataset.
  • Extensive skills in big data analysis and statistics - Genomic prediction and GWAS.
  • Programing experience in R, Python and Bash.
  • Experience with Plant Phenotyping Technologies e.g. FruitFirm, Near-InfraRed Spectroscopy.

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