Bonny Oloka

Research Scholar, Sweetpotato Breeding and Genetics Program

Bonny Oloka

Bonny is a research scholar in the Potato and Sweetpotato Breeding and Genetics Programs at NC State University. His duties include: coordinating and conducting genomic-assisted potato and sweetpotato breeding activities; working collaboratively with local and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) team members to design and execute conventional and genomic selection breeding experiments; assisting with the development of an electronic data capture and database system to facilitate potato and sweetpotato improvement; collaborating with ongoing cultural management studies; and, collaborating with food and other scientists.

His research focuses on crop improvement using a combination of traditional and advanced plant genetics and breeding approaches. He is most interested in identifying useful genetic variants/alleles for important agronomic, pest and disease traits as well as nutritional/quality components using genomics, bioinformatics and quantitative genetics approaches. Bonny completed his Ph.D (Plant Breeding’18) from NCSU and went back to Uganda, where he worked as a senior research scientist prior to coming back “home” to NC State.