Dr. Laura Boykin is a computational biologist who uses genomics and supercomputing to help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa control whiteies, which have caused devastation of local cassava crops. Her lab at the University of Western Australia is using genetic data to understand the whitey’s evolution. Boykin’s research has proven important genetic dierences in various whitey species. Boykin also works to equip African scientists with a greater knowledge of genomics and high-performance computing skills to tackle future insect outbreaks. Boykin completed her PhD in Biology at the University of New Mexico while working at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow and lab head at University of Western Australia and a senior TED Fellow. She was invited to present her lab’s research on whiteies at the United Nations Solution Summit in New York City for the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2030. She promotes translational research.
Senior Research Fellow & Senior TED Fellow
The University of Western Australia