During her time as a Borlaug LEAP fellow, Senorpe Asem-Hiablie pursued a PhD student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Her doctoral research was focused on the risk of human exposure to environmental estrogens through common ingestion pathways, such as eating foods raised by means of wastewater effluent irrigation and aquaculture. Her studies were conducted both in her home country of Ghana and in the United States.
Dr. Asem-Hiablie began her Borlaug LEAP Fellowship in the summer of 2011 and was mentored by Dr. Herschel Elliott at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Pay Dreschsel, as researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). As a scientist and engineer in training, Dr. Asem-Hiablie was and continues to be passionate about being involved in partnerships with relevant sectors that will encourage sustainable and eco-friendly economic growth. Her long-range goal is to practice “science without borders" and Dr. Asem-Hiablie is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Unit where she and her team are performing comprehensive life cycle assessments of beef production and consumption in the United States. Her work contributes to the development and evaluation of process-level relationships in biophysical models for whole farm assessments of the environmental and economic footprints of beef production.