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John Masani Nduko, Ph.D.


Dr. John Masani Nduko, PhD.

Lecturer, Food Biotechnology & Microbiology, Department of Dairy and Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Egerton University.

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

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EDUCATION

Year

Degree/ certificate

Institution

03/2014

PhD (Chem. Sci. & Eng.- Biotechnology and Macromolecular Chemistry)

Hokkaido University, Japan.

03/2011

M. Eng. (Biotechnology and Macromolecular Chemistry)

Hokkaido University, Japan

09/2005

BSc. Food Science and Technology (1st class honours)

Egerton University, Kenya

11/1998

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Menyenya High School, Kenya

11/1994

Kenya Certificate of Primary Education

Ikobe Primary School, Kenya

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Year

Title of Certificate

Institution Awarding

06/2018

Capacity building Training on consultancy services

Egerton University, Kenya

04/2018

Staff Retooling Workshop on Agripreneurship and Innovation Delivery Methodologies

Egerton University, Kenya

11/2017

Sensitization of Third party funded research proposal writing

East African Network of Learning of Adminstrators (EANLA) Workshop, JKUAT Kenya

10/2017

Biosafety regulatory framework for GMOs &

Emerging breeding technologies and science communication.

National Biosafety Authority

06/2017

Leadership Program for Agricultural Research and Development for Agricultural National Institutions

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in collaboration with Moi University

02/2014

Research proposal writing skills

Egerton University, Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Food Biotechnology, Food Microbiology, Food Science, Protein Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Metabolic Engineering, Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering.

WORK EXPERIENCE

01/2014–Present

Lecturer, Department of Dairy and Food Science and Technology, Egerton University, Kenya

Responsibilities

· Teaching both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

· Conduct research in Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Food Science among others.

· Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects.

· Student advising.

· Participate in faculty board and departmental meetings.

· Curriculum development and review.

07/2015–Present

Departmental Examination Officer and Faculty Management Committee member: Coordinating examination, Timetabling and Management issues at the department and Faculty, Egerton University.

12/2016–Present

Research sub-Committee member of Egerton University

· Evaluating research proposals and make recommendations for university funding

· Receive and evaluate research proposals for external funding

· Advise on proposal preparation for funding

· Organize research seminars and workshops

· Monitor and evaluate research projects

06/2019–Present

Food Safety Management Team Member. Establishment and implementation of Food Safety Management system (ISO 22000: 2018) at the dairy plant of Egerton University.

01/2015- Present

Acting Departmental Chairman on certain dates. Coordinating departmental issues and representing the department in several meetings

07/2014–06/2015

Coordinator of postgraduate studies at the department: Advising on postgraduate proposals and thesis examiner.

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS (2011 - Present)

Project period

Research Topic

01/2016–12/2017

Title: Molecular Characterization of the Microbial Communities of Traditional Spontaneously Fermented Milk, Amabere amaruranu in Kenya. Donor: Global student innovation. Michigan State University Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), USA. 10,000 USD. PI (Lead supervisor): Dr. John Masani Nduko.

12/2015–2017

Title: Molecular Characterization of the Microbial Communities of Traditional Spontaneously Fermented Milk in Kenya. Donor: The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). 15,357 USD. PI: Dr. John Masani Nduko.

10/2015–2017

Title: Grasshopper/ Locust farming as a sustainable feed/ food ingredient source for non-ruminant livestock and humans for enhanced food security, poverty alleviation, and resilience to climate change in Kenya. Donor: Michigan State University Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), USA. 100,000 USD. PI: Dr. John Masani Nduko.

CONSULTANCIES

Project period

Project/ Organization

05/2014–Present

Design, construction and installation of a vegetable and fruit processing plant at Gilgil (already installed and working). Currently working on the installation of fruit processing and Meals ready to Eat (MRE) plants. Client: Kenya government (Kenya Defence Forces). Role: Plant design and food safety expert.

12/2017-Present

A team member of a group that developed a bid for a consultancy for the training of existing University and technical training institutes (TTIs) teaching staff in engineering and applied sciences under the faculty of Agriculture of Egerton University (15 MSc& 10 PhD scholarships). Client: African development Bank through the Kenyan Ministry of Education. Program duration: 2017–2020.

07/2016–Present

Biosafety expert (Roster of Experts) for the National Biosafety Authority of Kenya –Biotechnology and Biosafety disciplines (NBA).

· 31st August 2016: Risk assessment of newly developed animal vaccines.

12/2014–12/2015

Development of Agricultural waste management guidelines. Client: Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project. Role. Development of guidelines and workshop facilitator.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Papers

 

19

Lelgut Lanoi Daisy, John Masani Nduko, Matofari Joseph W, Mulwa Richard S. (2019). Effect of Edible Gum Arabic Coating on the Shelf Life and Quality of Mangoes (Mangifera indica) During Storage. Journal of Food Science and Technology (In Press).

18

Banda Richard F. D., Matofari, Joseph W., John Masani Nduko. (2019). Hygienic Practices and Microbiological Quality of Milk from Peri-urban Dairy Farmers and Bulking Centres in Lilongwe, Malawi. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa. (In Press).

17

Veronica N. Kariuki, Oscar I. Ayuya, John M. Nduko. (2019). Determinants of women access and the extent of access of land among small-scale farmers in machakos county, Kenya: A double hurdle approach. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 10 (7): 2019. DOI: 10.7176/JESD.

16

Keith Waweru Mwangi, John Masani Nduko, Anthony Kingori, Faith Toroitich, Abdul Faraj. (2019). Development and microbiological load of composite flours from locusts, grasshoppers and malted finger millet. African Journal of Food Science and Technology, 10(1): 13-20.

15

E S Nginya, J O Ondiek, A M King’ori, J M Nduko. (2019). Evaluation of grasshoppers as a protein source for improved indigenous chicken growers. Livestock Research for Rural Development, 31(1) 2019.

14

John Masani Nduko, Rita Waihuini Maina, Rose Kirigo Muchina, Simon Kibet Kibitok (2018). Application of chia (Salvia hispanica) seeds as a functional component in the fortification of pineapple jam. Food Sci. Nutr. 2018: 1-6. DOI:10.1002/fsn3.819.

13

W. N. Wanjala, J. M. Nduko, M. C. Mwende. (2018). Coliforms contamination and hygienic status of milk chain in emerging economies. Journal of Food Quality and Hazards Control, 5: 3-10.

12

Mutungi C, Irungu FG, Nduko J, Mutua F, Affognon H, Nakimbugwe D, Ekesi S, Fiaboe KKM. (2017). Postharvest processes of edible insects in Africa: A review of processing methods, and the implications for nutrition, safety and new products development. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2017.1365330.

11

John Masani Nduko, Joseph W. Matofari, Zacchaeus Okoth Nandi, Moses Barasa Sichangi (2017). Spontaneously Fermented Kenyan Milk Products: A Review of the Current State and Future Perspectives. African Journal of Food Science and Technology, 11(1):1–11.

10

Simion Kibet Kibitok, John Masani Nduko (2016). Evaluation of Microbial contamination of Salad (Kachumbari) around Egerton University, Kenya. Journal of Food Safety and Hygiene, 2 (1/2): 26–29.

9

Nobert Wafula Wanjala, Joseph Wafula Matofari, John Masani Nduko. (2016). Antimicrobial effect of smoking milk handling containers inner surface as a preservation method in pastoral systems in Kenya. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice, (2016) 6:17 DOI 10.1186/s13570-016-0064-y.

8

Nobert Wanjala Wafula, Joseph Wafula Matofari, John Masani Nduko, Peter Lamuka. (2016). Effectiveness of the sanitation regimes used by dairy actors to control microbial contamination of plastic jerry cans' surfaces. International Journal of Food Contamination (2016), 3:9 DOI: 10.1186/s40550-016-0032-8.

7

Jian Sun, Ken'ichiro Matsumoto, John Masani Nduko, Toshihiko Ooi, Seiichi Taguchi (2014). Enzymatic characterization of a depolymerase from the isolated bacterium Variovorax sp. C34 that degrades poly (enriched lactate-co-3-hydroxybutyrate). Polym. Degrad. Stab. 110, 44–49.

6

John Masani Nduko, Ken’ichiro Matsumoto, Toshihiko Ooi and Seiichi Taguchi. (2014). Enhanced production of poly(lactate-co-3-hydroxybutyrate) from xylose in engineered Escherichia coli overexpressing a galactitol transporter. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 98(6), 2453–2460.

BOOK CHAPTERS/BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS

6

John Masani Nduko, Seiichi Taguchi (2019). Microbial production and properties of LA-based polymers and oligomers from renewable feedstock. In: Biofuels and Biorefineries, Vol. 9, Production of Materials from Sustainable Biomass Resources. Zhen Fang et al. (Eds):, Springer Nature. ISBN: 978-981-13-3767-3, 465828. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-3768-0_12.

5

John Masani Nduko (2016). Book Contribution: Electric Power Generation from the Renewable Agricultural Crop Residues in Kenya. In: A report Titled; “Municipal solid waste management and green economy”, Authored by: S. Elagroudy, M. A. Warith and M. El Zayat. Global Young Academy, Berlin, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-939818-65-6.

4

Yuyang Song, John Masani Nduko, Ken’ichiro Matsumoto, Seiichi Taguchi. Microbial factory for the production of polyesters: a new platform of Corynebacterium glutamicum. 2015. Book title: Corynebacterium glutamicum: From Systems Biology to Biotechnological Applications. Edited by Andreas Burkovski and Friedrich-Alexander. Caister Academic Press, pp. 137–148. ISBN: 978-1-910190-05-0

3

John Masani Nduko, Sun Jian, Seiichi Taguchi. Chapter title: Biosynthesis, properties and biodegradation of lactate-based polymers. (2015). Book title: "Green Polymer Chemistry III: Biobased Materials and Biocatalysis". Edited by H. N. Cheng, Richard A. Gross, and Patrick B. Smith, ACS symposium series, Vol. 1192. Chapter 8, pp 113–131. Chapter DOI: 10.1021/bk-2015-1192.ch008. ISBN13: 9780841230651eISBN: 9780841230668.

 

SUBMITTED MANUSCRIPTS

 

5

Hillary Odeckh Indago, Joseph Wafula Matofari, John Masani Nduko. (2019). Common Foodborne Pathogens associated with Ready-to-Eat Meat Products in Urban and peri-urban outlets in Nakuru County, Kenya. African Health Sciences.

4

Veronica N. Kariuki, Oscar I. Ayuya, John M. Nduko. (2019). Effect of Women Access to Land on Household Nutritional Outcomes in Smallholder Production System: Application of Heterogeneous Treatment Effects. Food Security.

3

Peter K. Kariuki, Faith J. Toroitich, George Ongamo, John Masani Nduko, Eunice Owino and Anthony King’ori. (2019). Diversity and abundance of Grasshopper and Locust Species in Nakuru County, Kenya. Journal of Orthoptera Research.

2

Richard Dickson Banda, John Masani Nduko, Joseph Wafula Matofari. (2019). Biofilm Formation on Milk Handling Containers and their Influence on Milk Safety and Quality in Lilongwe, Malawi. Journal of infection in Developing Countries (Under Review).

1

Moses Barasa Sichangi, John Masani Nduko, Joseph Wafula Matofari. (2019). Isolation and Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria as Starter Culture Organisms from the Kenyan Spontaneously Fermented Milk, Amabere Amaruranu. Food Bioscience.

CONFERENCE/WORKSHOPS PRESENTATIONS (2010 - Present)

31

John Masani Nduko. PhD in Food Science and Nutrition Curriculum Review Workshop for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technolology (JKUAT). 29–30th January 2018. At SAJOREC, JKUAT.

30

John Masani Nduko. Workshop of Expert Risk Assessors and regulatory agencies on food and environmental risk assessment of GMO’s. Organized by the National Biosafety Authority. 7–8th December 2017, Kenya School of Monetary studies

29

John Masani Nduko. Emerging Technologies in Food Production: Insects as Food and Feed. Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress 2017: Sustainable Agriculture; How the Chemical Sciences Can Contribute to Food Security for a Growing Population. 7–9 November 2017, Accra International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana.

28.

John M. Nduko, Keith W. Mwangi. Emerging Biotechnologies in Food Production: Edible Insects as Food and Feed. The 6th National Biosafety Conference. 3–6th October 2017, Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), Nairobi, Kenya. http://biosafetykenya.go.ke/images/download/conferencematerials/6thannualpresentations/John-Nduko.pdf

27.

John M. Nduko. Application of Molecular Diagnostics to the Valorization of Kenyan Traditional Spontaneously Fermented milk products. UK - Kenya - South Africa Trilateral Workshop: Increased food security through improved postharvest systems using renewable and sustainable energy for rural communities. 4th–8th September 2017, Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

26.

Keith W. Mwangi, Abdul Faraj, Anthony Kingori, Faith Toroitich, James Ondiek, Elizabeth Mbuthia, Oscar Ingasia, Joshua Ogendo, Nginya S. Eunice, Peter K. Kariuki & John M. Nduko. Locusts as Human Food: Processing Methods, Safety, and Nutritional Aspects. The 11th International Egerton University Conference. 29th–31st March 2017. Njoro Campus, Egerton University, Kenya.

25.

Nginya S. Eunice, Anthony Kingori, James Ondiek, Faith Toroitich, Elizabeth Mbuthia, Oscar Ingasia, Joshua Ogendo, Keith W. Mwangi, Peter K. Kariuki & John M. Nduko. Substitution of Fishmeal by Locusts for Chicken Grower Diets. The 11th International Egerton University Conference. 29th–31st March 2017. Njoro Campus, Egerton University, Kenya.

24.

John Masani Nduko, Joseph W. Matofari, Peninah Ngoda, Zacchaeus OKoth, Moses Sichangi. Application of Metagenomics to the Valorization of Kenyan Traditional Spontaneously Fermented Milk Products. The 5th National Biosafety Conference. 15–18th August 2016, Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.biosafetykenya.go.ke/images/download/conferencematerials/Application-of-Metagenomics-to-the-Valorization-of-Kenyan-Traditional-Spontaneously-Fermented-Milk-Products.pdf

23.

John Masani Nduko, Peninah Ngoda, Joseph Matofari. Traditional Spontaneously Fermented Foods and Beverages of Kenya: Biotechnological approaches, health implications, and commercial opportunities. The 4th National Biosafety Conference. 11–14th August 2015, Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), Nairobi, Kenya. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281002747_Traditional_Spontaneously_Fermented_Foods_and_Beverages_of_Kenya_Biotechnological_approaches_health_implications_and_commercial_opportunities.

22.

Ngoda Peninah Njiraine, Nduko John M., Dorcas Isutsa, Elliot Christopher, Connolly Lisa. Risk assessment of phytoestrogens’ endocrine disruptive properties/potential by use of bioassays. The 4th National Biosafety Conference. 11–14th August 2015, Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), Nairobi, Kenya. https://www.facebook.com/286372964757168/posts/4th-annual-biosafety-conferenceprogramme-venue-kenya-school-of-monetary-studies-/958785074182617/

21.

Jian Sun, John Nduko, Ken’ichiro Matsumoto, Toshihiko Ooi, Seiichi Taguchi. Characterization of substrate specificity of a poly (enriched lactate-co-hydroxybutyrate) depolymerase. The Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry (JSBBA). 26 – 29th March 2015. Okayama University Tsushima campus (Okayama, Japan)

20.

K. Matsumoto, J. M. Nduko, J. Sun, S. Taguchi. Engineering of bacteria and pathways toward efficient plastic production from renewable feedstock. 5th Symposium on Academic Exchange and Collaborative Research. 27–28th November 2014. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

19.

Jian Sun, John Nduko, Ken’ichiro Matsumoto, Toshihiko Ooi, Saiichi Taguchi. Enzymatic characterization of a polymer degrading enzyme purified from an isolated bacterium. The Society for biotechnology of Japan. 9–11th September 2014. Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Japan.

18.

John Masani Nduko, Ken’ichiro Matsumoto, Toshihiko Ooi, Abdul Faraj, and Seiichi Taguchi. Efficient production of lactate-based polyesters from renewable biomass using recombinant Escherichia coli. The 3rd National Biosafety Conference. 11–14th August 2014, KICC, Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.biosafetykenya.go.ke/Docs/Dr.%20John.pdf

17.

Jian Sun, John Nduko, Ken'ichiro Matsumoto, Toshihiko Ooi, Seiichi Taguchi. Purification and characterization of a polymer degrading enzyme from an isolated bacterium. 2014 Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry. 28th March 2014. Meiji University-Ikuta campus (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan).

AWARDS

Year

Organization

2018

2018 Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) Mid-Atlantic Regional Excellence in Technology Transfer Award. For project: "Unlocking the Protein Potential of Grasshoppers and Locusts". 14th November 2018.

2017

Travel Award. Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK to present a conference paper at Accra in Ghana in November 6th- 9th 2017.

2015

Global Young Academy Travel award. Travel to Germany for conference presentation in Halle, Germany in October 22–23rd, 2015.

2008–2 014

Research fellow, Masters and Doctors courses Scholarship by the Japanese government (Monbukagakusho-MEXT Scholarship)

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL / SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIAL ASSOCIATIONS

Membership Category

Organization

Member

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Member

East African Network of Learning of Adminstrators (EANLA)

Member

The Society for Biotechnology, Japan

Member

Kenya-Japan Alumni Association

Reviewer

African Journal of Biotechnology, PLoSOne Microbiology

CONTRIBUTION TO UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT

1

Participates in Students Industrial Attachment Assessment since 2014

2

Contributes to university curriculum review

3

University Postgraduate thesis examiner

4

Chaired and participated in procurement committees

5

Bids for University in consultancies and participate in proposal writing

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