Jacktone Odongo Othira

Dr. Jacktone Odongo Othira, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Faculty of Science

P.O. Box 536-20115

Egerton, Kenya.

Mobile: +254 722 832008/737 408 179

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EDUCATION

Year

Degree

Institution

2013

Ph.D. Biochemistry

Egerton University, Kenya

2000

M.Sc. Biochemistry

Egerton University, Kenya

1995

B.Sc. Biochemistry

Egerton University, Kenya

1989

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Mbita High School, Kenya

1985

Kenya Certificate of Primary Education

Ringa Primary School, Kenya

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Dates/Year

Title of Certificate

Institution Awarding

March 29, 2012

Sensitization Training on Corruption Prevention Workshop, at Egerton University.

Egerton University

March 14, 2012

Workshop on Complaints Handling Mechanisms, at Egerton University.

Egerton University

August 15 – 2, 2011

Molecular and Biochemical Laboratory Techniques Course, at The University of Nairobi.

University of Nairobi

February 18, 2009

University Academic Advising Training Workshop, at Egerton University.

Egerton University

September 6 - 9, 2004

The Third Biochemical Society of Kenya Training Course on Bioinformatics, at Egerton University.

Biochemical Society of Kenya

March 22 – 23, 2002

Universal Work Health and Safety Training of Trainers Workshop, at Midlands Hotel, Nakuru.

July 25 – 27, 2001

University Teaching Methods Course, at Egerton University.

Egerton University

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Plant Biochemistry, Weed Science, Stored Product Entomology, Botanical Pesticides, Biostatistics

WORK EXPERIENCE

July 2013 - Present

Senior Lecturer, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Egerton University.

July 2007 – Present

Examinations & Timetabling Officer, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Egerton University.

Mar’ 2004 – Jul’ 2013

Lecturer, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Egerton University.

Mar’ 2001 – Mar’ 2004

Assistant Lecturer, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Egerton University.

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS (2006-Present)

Project period

Research Topic

Nov’009- Oct’012

African Dry land Alliance for Pesticidal-Plant Technologies (ADAPPT): A network for optimising and promoting the use of indigenous botanical knowledge for food security and poverty alleviation in Africa. Donor: European Commission ACP S & T; Total Funding: €989,204 for 3 years. Partners: NRI-UK, Tanzania, Egerton University-Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Republic of South Africa, Ghana and Namibia. (PI-Kenya: Prof Ogendo, Dr. Othira was collaborating researcher)

2009

Baseline Survey Analysis on Customer Satisfaction, the Case of Nakuru County Council. Funded by Nakuru County Council to Metasure Consultancy.

2009

Development of 5-Year Strategic Plan for Chambai Springs Hotels. Funded by Nakuru County Council to Metasure Consultancy.

2008 - 2012

Molecular Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) in Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya. Funded by DAAD; Dr. Othira was the PI

2008

Baseline Survey Analysis on Employee Satisfaction, the Case of Nakuru County Council. Funded by Nakuru County Council to Metasure Consultancy.

2007 – 2009

Insecticidal potency of Hyptis spicigera preparations against Sitophilus zeamais (L.) and Tribolium castaneum (herbst) on stored maize grains. Funded by AICAD, US$ xxxx, Dr. Othira was PI.

2005 - 2007

Effectiveness of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in protection of maize (Zea mays L.) against witchweed (Striga hermonthica Del Benth) infestation.

2004 – 2006

Potential application of Hyptis spicigera for biological control of Striga hermonthica infestation. Total funding: Funded by AICAD, US$x egerton.ac.ke for 3 years. Dr. Othira was Collaborating Researcher.

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (2003-Present)

1

Othira JO, JO Omolo, S Kiruki, LA Onek, FN Wachira (2014). Molecular Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) in Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya. Journal of Ecology and Natural Environment. in press, 2014.

2

Othira JO, Omolo JO, Wachira FN and Onek LA (2012). Effectiveness of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in protection of maize (Zea mays L.) against witchweed (Striga hermonthica Del Benth) infestation. Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development, 4(3): 34-37, June 2012.

3

Wekesa I, Onek LA, Deng AL, Hasanali A and Othira JO (2011). Toxicity and repellant potency of Hyptis spicigera extracts on Sitophilus zeamais motschulsky (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Stored Products and Postharvest Research, 2(6): 113-119, June 2011.

4

Wekesa I, Onek, LA, Deng AL, Hasanali A and Othira JO (2010) Inhibitory effect of Hyptis spicigera extracts and exudates on growth of maize (Zea mais L.) seedlings. Eger. J. Sci. Technol., 10:1-10, 2010.

5

Kiruki S and Othira JO (2009). Generation and characterization of Striga-resistant maize and sorghum using azide-based mutagenesis. Eger. J. Sci. Technol., 9:13-24, 2009.

6

Othira JO, Onek LA, Deng’ AL, Omolo EO (2009). Insecticidal potency of Hyptis spicigera preparations against Sitophilus zeamais (L.) and Tribolium castaneum (herbst) on stored maize grains. Afr. J. Agric. Res., 4(3): 187-192, March 2009.

7

Othira JO, Onek LA, Deng’ AL, Kemey J, Omolo EO (2008). Potential application of Hyptis spicigera for biological control of Striga hermonthica infestation. Afr. J. Agric. Res., 3 (10): 747-752, October 2008.

8

Bhattacharjee M, Othira JO, Wanjama JK, Maina JO (2006). Effects of selected composite wheat flours on bread baking quality. Discov. Innov., 18(2): 98-103.

9

Bhattacharjee M, Othira JO, Wanjama JK (2004). Effects of selected Kenyan non-wheat flours on protein composition of composite wheat blends. Afr. J. Sci. Techn., 5(1): 1-5, June 2004.

10

Bhattacharjee M, Othira JO, Wanjama JK (2004). Evaluation of dough properties of composite wheat flours. Cereal Research Communications, 32(4): 533-540.

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL / SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS

Membership Category

Organization

Member

Biochemical Society of Kenya

Member

Pesticidal Plants Network, Kenya (PEPTEN)

Member

Kenya and WP4 Leader, African Dry land Alliance for Pesticidal Plant Technologies (ADAPPT). Network

Director and Founder

Metasure Consultancy for Social Research and Appropriate Technology Transfer.