Postdoctoral Fellow, Soil Health (Nematology)
Tel: +254 20 8632900
Laura Cortada holds a BSc in Biology (Autonomous University of Barcelona-UAB), a BSc in Agronomy in Crop and Livestock Management (Technical University of Catalonia- UPC), and a MSc in Biotechnology and Sustainability (UPC). From 2005 to 2010 she pursued her PhD studies at the Plant Pathology Department of the Institute for Research and Technology, Food and Agriculture (IRTA) (Spain), where her main research focus was on the biological control of plant parasitic nematodes (PPN) for sustainable intensification in horticultural and citrus crops, combining the use of rootstocks, resistant-germplasm, and bioprotectants (plant & fungi extracts). She has worked providing advisory services to small-scale farmers, through public and private organizations, in Europe and in East Africa. Since June 2012, she worked as a Research and Learning officer and later as the Head of the Innovation and Learning Unit for the Somalia Program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).