Hein Zaw

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“I felt so much confidence in my job and initiated my own breeding program for developing new salt-tolerant varieties, BLB, and blast resistant varieties that are needed in lower Myanmar.”

University: University of the Philippines Los Baños

Degree/Program: PhD in Genetics

Country: Philippines

Scholarship: Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship

Duration: 2014-2017

Field of study: Genetics / Plant breeding


My parents and most of my friends call me Ko Hein in my country. I was born at Thazi Township, Mandalay Division, Upper Myanmar. I am the ninth child of ten siblings. My hobbies include watching movies and, sometimes, reading novels during my leisure time. I finished my primary and secondary education in my native town. In 2002, I got the chance to study my bachelor’s degree at Yezin Agricultural University, one of the famous universities in Myanmar. I graduated with a degree in agricultural science in 2006.

My career started as an extension employee under the Department of Agricultural Extension at my native province for two years. In 2008, I transferred to the Plant Biotechnology Center and worked as a researcher for two and half years. Fortunately, I had been selected as an ADB-JSP awardee in 2011. In 2013, I graduated with a degree in Master of Science in Plant Breeding at the University of Philippines Los Baños in 2013. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Genetics, also in UPLB, through the Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship.


In 2011, I had an opportunity to pursue my master’s degree granted by the ADB-Japan Scholarship Program through the International Rice Research Institute. I have studied my academic coursework at University of Philippines Los Baños and conducted my thesis at IRRI. I have been working with QTLs mapping of salinity, bacterial leaf blight and blast for two years. I learned a lot and got many experiences during my study.

In 2013, I graduated with a major in planting breeding and minor in plant genetic resources. After finishing my master’s degree, I went back to the Plant Biotechnology Center in Yangon, Myanmar where I worked for almost a year.