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SROS Scientist becomes Adjunct Associate Professor in Postharvest Horticulture at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Australia

Masuisuiolemalietoa Dr. Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni, at the young age of 34 has been offered an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the University of the Sunshine Coast Australia in Postharvest Horticulture. This follows years of research collaborations with Professor Steven Underhill spanning small-holder farmer workshops and trainings, municipal market throughput analyses and laboratory-based research to improve market access of Samoan agricultural produce.

 Seeseei has been with the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa since 2009 when she was recruited as a Research Scientist straight out of her undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle where she completed a Bachelor in Biotechnology with First Class Honours, under an AusAID Development Scholarships. She was promoted to Senior Research Scientist in the same year, and became principal research scientist the following year. In 2016, upon submission of her Doctoral dissertation at the Victoria University of Wellington, she was appointed Manager of the Plants & Postharvest Technologies Division of SROS. Since then, she has published technical reports and a book chapter, submitted manuscripts following outcomes of years of research, and delivered workshops and presentations across her fields of plant natural products and postharvest technologies.

Seeseei acknowledges the support and prayers of Hon. Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a, Minister of SROS, SROS Board and Management, her Plants & Postharvest Technologies Division and her family in securing this achievement. She hopes the appointment will lead to more fruitful research collaborations and outcomes for the betterment of Samoa and increase God’s praises.