Samuel Kilonzo Mutiga completed the requirements for a PhD in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology section of the School of Integrative Plant Science in 2014. His research was supervised by Rebecca J. Nelson and focused on the genetic and environmental drivers for mycotoxin contamination in Kenyan maize. While at Cornell University, Samuel served as a treasurer in the Wananchi Association of students from East Africa. Before joining Cornell University, Samuel held B.Sc. in Horticulture and M.Sc. Plant Protection degrees both from Moi University in Kenya, and had also served as a part time lecturer for the same institution. Samuel is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Plant Pathology department of the University of Arkansas where he is working with Dr. James Correll on genetic and phenotypic characterization isolates of Magnaporthe oryzae from across Africa. On the same position, Samuel is also working with Dr. Jagger Harvey in establishment of a biobank of the collections of M. oryzae at Biosciences eastern and central Africa -International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, Nairobi, Kenya.