PROFESSOR WAYNE MCLAUGHLIN
Director, CARIGEN, UWI
Prof. Wayne McLaughlin is Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Director of Caribbean Genetics (CARIGEN) at the UWI. Much of his research focuses on characterizing and eradicating plant diseases caused by virus and bacteria. He has done work on crops such as scotch bonnet, pepper and citrus. He has over 30 original publications in international peer reviewed journals. In 2005 Prof. McLaughlin established Caribbean Genetics (CARIGEN) and has become well known for this initiative. It is the first and only private facility in the English-speaking Caribbean which assists in establishing biological relationships through DNA testing. Prof. McLaughlin is the recipient of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) Silver Musgrave Medal for Science (2001) and two Fullbright Fellow awards, once in 1994 and again in 2004.