Dr. Kelvin Kamfwa

Department of Plant Science
Senior Lecturer

Education Background

  • PhD. Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, Michigan State University, USA.
  • MSc. Crop Science, Makerere University, Uganda
  • BSc. Agricultural Sciences, University of Zambia

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics (AGC 4219)
  • Plant Breeding and Quantitative Genetics (AGC 5220)
  • Undergraduate Research Course (AGC 5004)
  • Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology (AGC 6222)
  • Biometrical Genetics and Plant Breeding (AGC 6332)
Research Interests
  • Common Bean Breeding and Genetics
  • Principle Investigator (PI): Improving Photosynthesis in Grain Legumes with New Plant Phenotyping Technologies. Funded by Legume Innovation Lab, Feed the Future Program (US Government), Project Duration: 2015-2017 (December)
  • Principle Investigator (PI): Genetic Improvement of Common Bean in Zambia for Multiple Disease Resistance Using Marker-Assisted Selection and Conventional Breeding.

Selected Publications

  • Kamfwa, K., K.A. Cichy, and J.D. Kelly. 2015. Genome-wide association analysis of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in common bean. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 128:1999-2017
  • Kamfwa, K., K.A. Cichy, and J.D. Kelly. 2015. Genome-Wide Association Study of Agronomic Traits in Common Bean. The Plant Genome 8 (2): 1-12
  • Kamfwa, K., D. Zhao, J.D. Kelly, and K.A Cichy. 2017. Transcriptome analysis of two recombinant inbred lines of common bean contrasting for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172141.
  • Kamfwa, K., M. Mwala, P. Okori, P. Gibson, and C. Mukankusi. 2013. Identification of QTL for Fusarium root rot resistance in common bean. Journal of Crop Improvement 27: (4)
  • Cichy, K., T. Porch, J. Beaver, P. Cregan, D, Fourie, R. Glahn, M. Grusak, K. Kamfwa, D. Katuuramu, and P. McClean. 2015. A Phaseolus vulgaris diversity panel for Andean bean improvement. Crop Science 55:2149–2160
  • Zuiderveen, G.H., B.A. Padder, K. Kamfwa, Q. Song, and J.D. Kelly. 2016. Genome-Wide Association Study of Anthracnose Resistance in Andean Beans. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0156391. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156391
  • Padder, B.A., K. Kamfwa, H.E. Hawale, and J.D. Kelly. 2016. Transcriptome Profiling of the Phaseolus vulgaris - Colletotrichum lindemuthianum Pathosystem. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0165823.
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