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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research Overview

My research focusses on modelling the large-scale spread of epidemics impacting the productivity of smallholder farmers. I am currently working with partners in 10 countries across West and Central Africa (WAVE programme) focusing primarily on cassava brown streak disease, a disease that causes significant yield loss in cassava.
Additional experience in entrepreneurship; I developed and implemented a digital platform for smallholder farmers to improve market access and fairness in agricultural supply chains in Colombia.  

Previous Positions

2021-Present Research Associate, Epidemiology and Modelling Group, University of Cambridge
2016-2021 CTO & Co-founder, Farming Data, Cambridge, UK / Bogota, Colombia
2013-2013 Research Student, Harvard University


2015-2019 PhD, Epidemiology & Modelling, University of Cambridge
2014-2015 MRes, Epidemiology & Modelling, University of Cambridge
2011-2014 BSc, Biochemistry, Imperial College London

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Research Associate
Dr David  Godding

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,
01223 748957