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Miriam Karwitha Charimbu, Phd.

Miriam Karwitha Charimbu, PhD.

Assistant lecturer

Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils

Faculty of Agriculture

P.O. Box 536-20115

Egerton, Kenya.

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EDUCATION

Year

Degree

Institution

2014

PhD. Plant Pathology (Molecular plant virology)

Nanjing Agricultural University, China

2009

MSc Plant pathology

Egerton University, Kenya

2005

BSc General (Botany, Zoology and Chemistry)

Egerton University, Kenya

1997

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Gikumene Girls High School, Kenya

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Dates/Year

Title of Certificate

Institution Awarding

Oct 2003

Certificate training in conflict resolution in the generation gap

Women and Gender Institute Egerton University

Jan-June 2005

Certificate training in French language

Tracom College Nakuru, Kenya

18th–29th August 2014

Advanced Genomics and Bioinformatics

Biosciences eastern and central Africa Hub at ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) in Nairobi, Kenya.

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Molecular Plant Virology

COMPETENT SKILLS

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Western blot, Antibody production, One-step reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), Agroinfiltration, Confocal and fluorescent microscopy, Plant pathology, Antifungal Plant Extracts, Exotic and Indigenous Mushroom production

WORK EXPERIENCE

Feb 2015 to present

Lecturer Dept. of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University

July 2011- Jan 2015

Assistant Lecturer Dept. of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University

October 2009- June 2011

Research assistant, Indigenous Mushroom project Botanic Garden, Egerton University

September 2006 –July 2011

Part-time lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University.

September 2006 - September 2009

Research assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University.

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Miriam Karwitha, Zhike Feng, Min Yao, Xiaojiao Chen, Wenna Zhang, Xiaofan Liu and Xiarong Tao. 2014. The Complete Nucleotide Sequence of the RNA 1 of a Chinese Isolate of Tomato chlorosis virus. Journal of Phytopathology J Phytopathol 162 (2014) 411–415. DOI: 10.1111/jph.12203.

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Yan Shen, Xiaohui Zhao, Min Yao, Chun Li, Karwitha Miriam, Xue Zhang, Xiaorong Tao. 2014. A versatile complementation assay for cell-to-cell and long distance movements by cucumber mosaic virus based agro-infiltration. Virus Research 190 (2014) 25–33 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2014.06.013

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Jin-yu Li, Qi-wei Wei, Yong Liu, Xin-qiu Tan, Wen-na Zhang, Jian-yan Wu, Miriam Karwitha Charimbu, Bai-shi Hu, Zhao-bang Cheng, Cui Yue, Xiao-rong Tao. 2013. One-step reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification for the rapid detection of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus. Journal of Virological Methods 193:583– 588. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jviromet.2013.07.059

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Miriam karwitha, Isabel wagara and Daniel otaye. (2012). Biological control of angular leafspot of common bean. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG. ISBN: 978-3-659-13105-9

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Zhongze Hu, Tianqi Zhang, Min Yao, Zhike Feng, Karwitha Miriam, Jianyan Wu, Xueping Zhou, Xiaorong Tao. (2012). The 2a protein of Cucumber mosaic virus induces a hypersensitive response in cowpea independently of its replicase activity. Virus Research journal http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2012.10.007

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Qi wei Wei Cui Yu, Shuya Zhang Cuiyun Yang Karwitha Miriam and Wenna Zhang. (2012). One-step detection of Bean pod mottle virus in soybean seeds by the reverse-transcription loop mediated isothermal amplification. Virology Journal 2012, 9:187 doi:10.1186/1743-422X-9-187

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M.K. Charimbu, I. N. Wagara & D.O. Otaye. (2009). Antifungal activity of various crude plant extracts against Phaeoisariopsis griseola pathogenic on common bean. African Crop Science Conference Proceedings, Vol. 9. pp. 683 – 685.

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Charimbu M.K., Wagara I.N. and Otaye D.O. (2008). Importance of seed to seedling transmission of phaeoisariopsis griseola and management of angular leafspot of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) through seed sorting. Egerton University Third Annual Research Week and International Conference.

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL / SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS

Membership Category

Organization

Member

American Phytopathological Society

Member

Plant Pathologists and Microbiologist in Kenya

 

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