Professor Helen N. Asemota, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was appointed as Director of the Biotechnology Centre on August 1, 2013. She has served UWI for more than two decades and has lectured for over 30 years at the undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral levels collectively in different parts of the world. She also served as an International Biotechnology Consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Dr. Sylvia Mitchell, Lecturer, is Head of Medicinal Plant Research, which she initiated in 1999. She is trained in various aspects of technology commercialization and has over twenty-eight years experience with tissue culture including seven years at the Scientific Research Council.
Prof. Wayne McLaughlin is Proressor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. Much of his research focuses on characterizing and eradicating plant diseases caused by virus and bacteria. He has done work on crops such as scotch bonnet, pepper and citrus. He has over 30 original publications in international peer reviewed journals. In 2005 Prof. McLaughlin established Caribbean Genetics (CARIGEN) and has become well known for this initiative.
Prof. Mohammed Ahmad, Founder and former Director of the Biotehcnology Centre, retired on September 30, 2011. He was subsequently appointed as Professor Emeritus in February 2012. As a scientist, his are of specialization and research include agricultural and food biotechnology, plant and microbial biotechnology, molecular biology and applied microbiology.