W&L Alum Leading Research in Kenya

Jagger Harvey (Photo by Dorine Adhoch, ILRI)

Jagger Harvey (Photo by Dorine Adhoch, ILRI)

As a Washington and Lee student in the late 1990s, one of Jagger Harvey‘s favorite courses was an environmental studies class then taught by current W&L President Ken Ruscio. Today Jagger, a biology, natural sciences and mathematics major in the Class of 1998, is applying some of those early lessons to his current career as a research scientist in Nairobi, Kenya. As an article in Science recently reported, Jagger is leading research on plant-viral diseases affecting African crops. His story is part of a special report on careers. Born in Haiti, Jagger was always predisposed to helping those less fortunate than he, and he recounts a story in a second article in the edition of Science about how he once realized how poor his friends in Haiti were. Said Jagger: “The first time I really realized how poor my friends in Haiti were was when I was scolded for eating dinner at one of their homes. I had not thought about the fact that they fed me more than they eat in a day. This selfless generosity … galvanized my desire to devote my career to helping the citizens of the developing world.” Prior to his current post at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub, Jagger did graduate work at the University of California at Davis and then postdoctoral research at Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich and at the University of Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom.



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