Idah Sithole-Niang is Professor at the University of Zimbabwe, Department of Biochemistry, where she has been teaching molecular biology for more than two decades. She conducts research on the genetic improvement of cowpea. She also works on microbial diversity in soils, indigenous trees and hotsprings. Idah is a member of the African Soil Microbiology Project. She was editor for the book Genetic engineering, as co-editor of the book Genetically Modified Crops in Africa: Economic and Policy Lessons from Countries South of the Sahara. She chairs the University of Zimbabwe Publications Committee. Idah is a graduate of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.