Dr. Ramadhan S. Mwakubambanya

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Ramadhan S. Mwakubambanya, PhD

Lecturer

Faculty of Science,

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

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EDUCATION

2009

Ph.D., in Molecular Biology-Biomedicine

University of Crete (UoC), Greece

2005

Master of Science in Biochemistry

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya.

2002

BSc. Biochemistry-Chemistry

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya.

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Molecular Biology, Immunology, Molecular Parasitology

WORK EXPERIENCE

October 2009 - present

Lecturer, Biochemistry Department, Egerton University

May 2010–May 2012

Research consultant/Postdoc (icipe)

Sep 2004-Dec 2004

Research Technician, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2012-2014

2011 - 2012

2010-2012

2005-2009

· Use of Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction as a tool to differentiate Entamoebahistolytica and EntamoebadisparComplex

· Physiological and Molecular Responses of Anopheles gambiae (Culicidae: Diptera) Mosquito to Heavy Metal Environmental Pollutants

· Trends and infection dynamics of Plasmodium parasites in human hosts and malaria vectors from western Kenya.

· Analysis and identification of traditionally medicinal plants against Malaria

· Use of Macromolecule Protease inhibitors to study the role of proteolysis during Plasmodium-mosquito interactions

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Khobondo J O, Muasya T K, Miyumo S, Okeno T O, Wasike C B, Mwakubambanya R, Kingori A M and Kahi A K, 2015: Genetic and nutrition development of indigenous chicken in Africa. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 27, Article #122 http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd27/7/khob27122.html

2

Tampaki Z, Mwakubambanya RS, Goulielmaki E, Kaforou S, Kim K, Waters AP, Carruthers VB, Siden-Kiamos I, Loukeris TG, Koussis K. Ectopic Expression of a NeosporacaninumKazal Type Inhibitor Triggers Developmental Defects in Toxoplasma and Plasmodium.PLoS One. 2015 Mar 24;10(3):e0121379. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121379. eCollection 2015.

3

Gachuhi S, Obonyo M, Odhiambo R, Swierczewski B and Mwakubambanya R, 2014, Differentiation of Entamoebahistolytica and Entamoebadispar Complex byMultiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction, Scholars Academic Journal of Biosciences (SAJB),; 2(11): 762-767

4

Musasia FK, Isaac AO, Masiga DK, Omedo IA, Mwakubambanya R,Ochieng R, Mireji PO. 2013, Sex-specific induction of CYP6 cytochrome P450 genes in cadmium and lead tolerant Anopheles gambiae; Malaria Joural; 15; 12(1):97.

5

Graham SP, Pelle R, Yamage M, Mwangi DM, Honda Y, Mwakubambanya RS et. al., 2008, Characterization of the fine specificity of bovine CD8 T-cell responses to defined antigens from the protozoan parasite Theileriaparva, Infection and Immunity; 76(2):685-94.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Malaria research- understanding Parasite-mosquito interaction dynamics as a basis to develop malaria transmission blocking interventions, identification of plant medicinal compounds against Malaria, infectious diseases and diabetes.