Dr. Meshack A. O. Obonyo, PhD

Dr. Meshack A. O. Obonyo, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Chairman of Department.

Faculty of Science,

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

Egerton University.

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya.

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EDUCATION

2009

Doctor of Philosophy

North West University- Potchefstroom.

South Africa

2005

Master of Science

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology.(Kenya)

2002

Bachelor of Science

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology.(Kenya)

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Plant biochemistry,(Plant defenses) (Plant pest parasite interactions)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Mar 2013 - present

Senior Lecturer Egerton University

Mar 2012- present

Chairman Department of Biochemistry Egerton University

Oct 2009 – Mar 2013

Lecturer, Biochemistry DepartmentEgerton University

2008-2009

Principal Research Officer, Directorate of Research Management Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology (Government Of Kenya).

2005

Technical Assistant (StemborerBiocontrol Project) ICIPE

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

May 2012- May 2014

Comabtingaflatoxin contamination Funding: (Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation (US$, 100, 000)

Jan 2012-2015

Incidence of climatic changes on agricultural systems in Kenya( Funding: “New IRD partner team" (Jeuneéquipeassociée à l'IRD - JEAI) (Euro 60,000)

2011- 2012

Characterization of granuloviruses infecting Helicoverpaarmigerain Kenya

Egerton University (KeSh: 400, 000).

2010-2011

Bioprospecting for novel Ethno-botanical medicines in Rift valley and Coastal provinces of Kenya (NOVUS International- United States International University (Ksh: 2,500,000)

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Bramwelwanjala, MeshackObonyo , Francis Wachira , Alice Muchugi , Margaret Mulaa , Jagger Harvey , Robert Skilton , Janice Proud , Jean Hanson (2013).Genetic diversity in Napier grass (PennisetumpurpureumSchumach.) cultivars: Implication on breeding and conservation. (AoB PLANTS, 11-03-2013).

2

MeshackObonyo , Fritz Schulthess, MathayoChimtawi, Gérard Mascarel, Peter O. Ahuya, Bruno Le Ru , Johnnie van den Berg, Jean-François Silvain, Paul-André Calatayud(2011),Sensilla on antennae, ovipositor and tarsi of the larval braconid parasitoids, Cotesiasesamiae and Cotesiaflavipes(Hymenoptera: Braconidae): a comparative scanning electron microscopy study. Annales de la SociétéEntomologique de France, 47 (1–2) : 119-127

3

MeshackObonyo, Fritz Schulthess , Bruno Le Ru , Johnnie van den Berg , Jean-François Silvain ,Paul-André Calatayud. (2010)Importance of contact chemical cues in host recognition and acceptance by the braconid larval endoparasitoidsCotesiasesamiae and Cotesiaflavipes. . Biological Control 54 (2010) 270–275.

4

MeshackObonyo, Fritz Schulthess, Bruno Le Ru, Johnnie van den berg and Paul-André Calatayud(2010).Host recognition and acceptance behaviour in Cotesiasesamiae and Cotesiaflavipes, parasitoids of gramineousstemborers in Africa. European Journal of Entomology 107: (2010) 169–176

5

MeshackObonyo, Fritz Schulthess, Juma Gerald, Bernard Wanyama, Bruno Le Rü, Paul-André Calatayud(2008).Location, acceptance and suitability of lepidopteran stem borers feeding on Sorghum bicolorMoench and PennisetumpurpureumSchumach. to the endoparasitoidCotesiaflavipes Cameron (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).Biological Control 45 (2008) 36–47.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Insect Biochemistry, Plant biochemistry, (Plant defenses) (Plant pest parasite interactions), Biological Control.