CURRICULUM VITAE: CHARLES O. A. OMWANTHO, PH.D
Name: Charles Odero Aono Omwandho
Date and Place of Birth: 5/12/1961, Kisumu, Kenya
Languages Spoken: English, Swahili, Luo
Postal Address: C/o Biochemistry Department
University of Nairobi
P. O. Box 30197, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254-020-4442534, Fax 254-020-4442841
Present position: Senior Lecturer, Biochemistry Department
University of Nairobi, Kenya
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND (SCHOOLS ATTENDED AND CERTIFICATES
1969 – 1975: Orongo Primary School, Kisumu:
Certificate of Primary Education (CPE)
1976 – 1979: Kisumu Day Secondary School: East African Certificate of
Education (EACS) Division II, 21 points
1980 – 1981: Maranda High School: Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education
(KACE): Two Principle passes and two sunsdary passes.
1983 – 1986: university of Nairobi. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Upper 2nd Class
Honours (Biochemistry and Zoology).
1986 – 1989: University of Nairobi. Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biochemistry
Thesis Title: Effects of Albendazole Therapy on Serum Proteins
and Leukocyte Counts of Hydatid Patients).
1992 – 1996: University of Newcastle Australia: Ph.D Reproductive
Immunochemistry (Thesis Title: Ovine Placental
Immunologlobulins: Purification, Partial Characteristics and Some
in Vitro Biological Activities.
1983 – 1986: Kenya Government scholarship to pursue B.Sc Degree at the
University of Nairobi.
1986 – 1987: University of Nairobi Scholarship to pursue M.Sc degree in
Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
1989: German Academic Exchange (DAAT) Scholarship to complete
Master of Science (MSc.) Degree at the University of Nairobi,
Sept. 1990: International Cell Research Organization (ICRO) UNESCO
scholarship to undertake a one month training course on Biological
membranes and Liposomes at Shangai, China
Dec 1991: Japanese government (Monbusho) Scholarship to pursue Ph.D at
Tokushima University, Jan: Scholarship declined in favour of one
from Australia (See below).
Dec 1991: Australian Government Equity and Merit scholarship to pursue
Ph.D at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Aug 1994: World Placental associations fellowship to attend a conference on
“Placenta” in Sydney, Australia.
July 1996: World Placental Associations Fellowship to attend a conference on
‘Trophoblast’ in Banff, Canada.
May-July 1999: German Academic Exchange (DAAD) fellowship for a study visit
to Bielefeld Institute of Reproductive Medicine, Bielefeld,
May – July 2003: German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Fellowship for a study visit
to Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany.
May 2001: International Programme for Chemical Sciences (IPICS)
Fellowship to attend an intensive course in structural Biology and
Bionformatics at the Lunds University, Sweden.
August 2001: International Programme for Chemical Sciences (IPICS)
Fellowship to attend an intensive course in Structural Biology and
Bioinformatics at the Lunds University, Sweden.
July 1996: Kodak Eastman Young Investigator Award in recognition of my
contribution to reproductive medicine Awarded in Canada in July
2006: Invitation Fellowship by Japanese Society for Promotion of
Science and Technology JSPS, (a highly competitive fellowship
available to Senior or Mid Term Scientists with excellent research
records) to undertake a 10 month research aimed at developing
adjuvants for production of IGA for use in oral vaccines to
salmonella infection by genetic manipulation of avian cytokine
genes at the Japanese Institute for Animal Health, Tsukuba, Japan.
Jan 1982 – Sept 1983: Untrained High School Teacher at Ogada Secondary School
Sept. 1986 – Nov 1986: Graduate Teacher at Dagoretti High School, Nairobi, Kenya
Oct 1989 – July 1991: Graduate Assistant, Biochemistry Department, University of
Aug 1991 – Jan 1998: Tutorial Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of
April 1992 – Sept 1996: Part time Tutor in Biochemistry, Immunology and Cell Biology,
University of Newcastle, Australia
July 1995: Part time (relief) Lecturer of Immunology for third year B.Sc.
Students at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
April 1993 – Sept 1996: Part time Research Assistant to Professor T. K. Roberts, Biological
Sciences Department, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Jan 1998 – Oct 2003: Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi,
Nov 2002 to date: Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of
1. Omwandho, CA (1989): Effects of Albendazole therapy on serum proteins and Leukocyte
Counts of Hydatid patients. MSc. Thesis.
2. Omwandho, CA., Okello, G. B. A. and Tumbo-Oeri, AG (1990): Effects of Albendazole
therapy on leukocyte counts in hydatid patients; in: Proc. 11th KEMRI/KETRI Scientific.
Conference. Nairobi (Kofi-Tsekpo)Ed. Pp. 171 – 179.
3. Oloowokere, JO., Makawiti, DW., Konji. VN., Omwandho, CA (1991): Experimental
Kwashiokor and Obesity: Differences in Energy Metabolism and relative Organ body weight
Ratios. International Journal of biochemie Physics 1: 26 – 28.
4. Oloowokere, JO., Konji, VN., Omwandho, CA., Makawiti, DW (1991): Changes in
Mitochondrial Oxidative phosphorylation characteristics in Dietary obese rats. Biokemistri
1: 65 – 70.
5. Oloowokere, JO., Konji, VN., Makawiti, DW., Kiaira, JK., Kamau, JMZ and Omwandho,
CA (1991): Defects in resting metabolic rates and mitochondrial respiration in Kwashiokor
and Dietary obese rats. Journal of Camparative Physiology B 161: 319 – 322.
6. Konji, VN., Makawiti, DW., Kiaira, JK., Omwandho, CA., Oloowokere, JO (1993): Defects
in respiration in mitochondria isolated from liver of goats infected with Trypanosoma
Conolense. International Journal of Biochemie Physics 2: 152 – 154.
7. Omwantho, CA (1996): Ovine placental Immunoglobulins: purification, partial
characterization and some in vitro Biological Activities. Ph.D Thesis.
8. Omwandho, CA., Hall, AL., Falconer, J., Roberts, TK., Elution and partial characterization
of immunoglobulins bound to ovine placenta. Immunology and Cell Biology 75: 231 – 237.
9. Omwandho, CA., Tinneberg, HR., Tumbo-Oeri, AG., Roberts, TK., Falconer J. (2000).
Elution of Goat Placental Immunoglobulins. In proceedings of the Sixth Biochemical
Society of Kenya Annual Scientific Conference. 2000 pp. 12 – 14.
10. J. M. Muchiri, C.A. Omwandho, A.G.Tumbo – Oeri, E. O. Wango, T. K. Roberts (2000).
Elution of Goat Placental Immunoglobulins. In proceedings of the sixth Biochemical
Society of Kenya Annual Scientific Conference. 2000 pp. 12 –14.
11. John M.Muchiri, Charles O. A. Omwandho, Aloys G. Tumbo-Oeri, Emmanuel O. Wanga,
Timothy K. Roberts, and Hans R. Tinneberg (2000). Purification and partial characterization
of goat placental IgG: a possible model for the study of human maternal foetal interaction:
African Journal of Health Sciences 7: 136 – 139.
12. Omwandho, CA., Tinneberg H.R., Tumbo Oeri AG., Roberts TK., Falconer J (2001):
Immunological role of placenta, Blocking factors and NK Cells in the post implantation
pregnancy. African Journal of Health Sciences 8: 2 – 16.
13. Omwandho, CA., Peters C., Falconer, J., Roberts TK (2001): Ovine and Human placental
IgG inhibit human natural killer cell cytotoxicity in vitro. African Journal of Health Sciences
8: 47 – 54.
14. Tumbo-Oeri AG., Omwandho CA., Muchiri JM (2001): Ovine and Human Placental IgG
inhibit human natural killer cell cytotoxicity in vitro. African Journal of Health Sciences 8:
47 – 54.
15. Tumbo – Oeri AG., Omwandho (2002): cellular and molecular interactions in HIV
infections: A review. East African Medical Journal 79(5) : 249 – 253.
16. Charles A. A. Omwandho, Susanne E. M. Gruessner, Timothy K. Roberts, Hans R Tinneberg
(2004). Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG): Modes of action in the management of
Recurrent Pregnacy loss and selected Autoimmune disorders Clinical Chemistry and
Laboratory Medicine 42 (4): 359 – 370.
17. Jaeger M, Grussner Se, Omwandho CO, Klein K, Tinneberg HR, Klingmuller V (204:
Cranial Sonography for Newborn Screening: A 10 year retrospective Study in 11, 887
Newborns. Pediatric Radiology 176 (6): 852 – 858.
18. Susanne E. m. Grussner, Charles O. A. Omwandho, Thoma Dreyer, Renate Blutters-
Sawatzki, Alfred Reiter, Hans R. Tinnerberg, Rainer M. Bohle (2004): Management of stage
1 cervical sarcoma botryoides in childhood and adolescence. European Journal of pediatrics
163: 452 – 456
19. C. A. Omwandho, J. Falconer, S. E. Gruessner, E. Mecha, A.G. Tumbo-Oeri, H-R
Tinneberg and T. K. Roberts (2005). Human placental immunoglobulins show unique re-
association patterns with isologous and third party acid treated trophoblast microvesicles in
vitro. East African Medical Journal 82(6): 290 – 293.
20. C. A. Omwandho., S. E. Gruessner, J. Falconer, E. Mecha, A. G. Tumbo –Oeri, H, R.
Tinneberg and T. K. Roberts (2005). Immunoglobulin G (lgG) bound to ovine placenta is
eluted by surgical cannulation and acid perfusion in situ. East African Medical Journal 82
(9): 468 – 472
21. Charles O. A. Omwandho, Susanne E. M. Gruessner, Hans R Tinnerberg (2006) Early
Pregnancy loss and neonatal deaths associated with Klebsiella pneumonia infection: A min
Review of possible Occupational Health Risk. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics 273
(5): 258 – 260
22. Omwantho C A. Gruessner E. E. Falconer J, Tumbo-Oeri AG, Mala G, Mecha E,
Tinneberg H. R., Roberts TK 2006. Ovine Placental eluate Immunoglobulins recognize
isologous and third party acid treated trophpblast microvesicle antigens in Vitro Journal
of South the African Veterinary Association 77 (1): 24 – 27
ARTICLES SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION
1. E. O. Mecha, C. A. Omwandho, A. G. Tumbo-Oeri, T. K. Roberts, Heat shock proteins
in disease and health (submitted to East African Medical Journal)
2. Susanne E. M. Gruessner, Charles O. A. Omwandho, and Hans – R Tinneberg.
Doppler velocimetry and Fetal heart rate in pregnancies complicated with pre-eclampsia
and Hellpsyndrome (Submitted to American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology).
3. Suwandinata F, Gruessner S. E., Omwandho C. A., Bohle R. M. Tinneberg H-R.
Malignant Vulvar Melanoma: A case report of a very rare disease (Submitted to
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer).
SELECTED ABSTRACTS PUBLISHED
1. Susanne E. M. Gruessner, Volker Klingmueller, Charles O. A. Omwandho, Rainer M.
Bohle, Hans Rudolf Tinneberg (2004). Detection of Vascular responses to Hypoxia in
the pre-term ovine fetus: a preliminary study using 3 – D Doppler spectroscopy. Journal
of Society for Gynaecology Investigations (SGI Journal) Vol II No. 2 (Suppl.), pp 243,
2. S. Gruessner, C. Omwandho, V. Sounding Mueller, R. Plank and H-R Tinneberg (2004).
2D Vs 3D-spectral analysis of vascular container reactions with fetal hypoxemia in the
animal experiment. Ultrasonic Medicine 25 DOI: 1055/s-2004-834113.
3. Gruenner SEM, Klingmueller V., Omwandho COA, Bohle RM, Tinneberg HR (2004)
Detection of vascular responses to hypoxia in the pre-term ovine fetus: a preliminary
study using 3 –D Doppler-Spectroscopy. J. Soc Gynecol Invest 11: (Suppl No2.): p243.
4. Gruessner S, Omwandho C, Klingnueller V, Tinneberg HR (2004) Partielle unde
komplette Reduktion de uterinen Perfusion beim Schaffeten – 2D- vs 3D- Doppler –
Spektralanalysen. Arch Gynecol Obstet, Sept 2004, Vol 270 (Suppl 1): S10.
5. Gruessner S, Omwandho C. A. O., V. Klingmueller, Bohle R., Tinneberg H.R. (2004)
2D – vs 3D – Spektralanalyse vaskularer Gefabrektionen bei fetaler Hypoxamie im
Tierexperiment. Ultraschall in Med 2004 Okt; Vol 25 (Suppl 1).
6. S. Gressner, C. A. Omwandho, V. Klingmueller, R. M. Bohle (2004): Effect of
intermittent uterine occlusion on hemodynamic changes in pre-term and near term ovine
twin fetuses. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 26: 449
7. S. Gruessner, C. A. Omwandho, V. Klingmuellrr, R. M., Bohle, H.-R Tinneberg (2005).
Cerebro and cardiovascular responses and oxygen consumption during prolonged
hypoxia in fetal sheep. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 26: 449
8. Omwandho C. A., Falconer, J., Roberts TK (1994): Purification and characterization of
immunoglobulins bound to placenta of sheep. Proceedings of the first international
conference of World placental Associations, Sydney, Australia: In Placenta 1994: A53
9. Omwandho C. A., Peters, C., Falconer, J., Roberts TK (1994): Sheep placental IgG
inhibits human Natural killer cell cytotoxicity: Proceedings of the First International
Conference of World Placental Associations, Sydney, Australia: In Placenta 1994: A54
10. Roberts, TK., Omwandho, CA., Peters, C., Falconer, J (1995): Inhibition of human
Natural Killer cell cytoxicity by sheep placental IgG: proceedings of the sixth
International Congress of Immunology, July 1995 Washington DC. In American Journal
of Reproductive Immunology 1995 Abstract P327.
11. Omwandho, CA., Falconer, J., Roberts TK (1996): Re-association of human and ovine
placental eluate immunoglobulins with acidified trophoblast vesicles: In proceedings of
the 13th Rochester Trophoblast association and Thomas Wegman Memorial Symposium
on Reproductive Immunology, Banff, Canada. Abstract C17 American journal of
12. Omwandho, CA., Peters, C., Falconer, J., Roberts, T.k., and Tumbo-Oeri, A. G. (2001):
is placental IgG toxic to natural killer cells? In proceedings of the International uion of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/South African Societies for Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology Special meeting on the Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Disease
Cape Town, South Africa (19th to 23rd November 2001. Abstract No. P155.
INVITATIONS AS A GUEST SCIENTIST
1. 1st May to 31st July 2003: invited as a guest scientist to Justus Leibig University of Giessen,
Germany to perform short term research in reproductive Biochemistry and Immunology.
Host: Professor Hans. – R Tinneberg: Director, University Women’s Hospital, Justus Liebig
University, Giessen, Germany.
2. August 2004. invited Guest Scientist to the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology,
Kansas University Medical School , Kansas, USA to facilitate development of common
research initiatives in reproductive immunology and biochemistry centred on concepts
relating to HLA-G expression on the human placenta and associated reproductive
implications. Host: Professor Joan S. Hunt, a university distinguished professor and Vice
Chancellor for research, Kansa University Medical School, USA
3. 1st October 2005 to 31st March 2006: A six month offer of Sabbatical as a visiting Professor/
Guest Scientist at the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Kansas university Medical
School, Kansas U.S.A. Host Professor Joan s. Hunt, a University Distinguished Professor
and Vice Chancellor for Research, Kansas University Medical School, USA.
4. Invited as guest scientist by the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science to undertake a 10
month research aimed at developing cytokine based adjuvants for production of IgA for use
in oral vaccines to salmonella infection by genetic manipulation of avian cytokine genes at
the Institute for Animal Health at Tsukuba, Japan. This fellowship was awarded to only 70
senior and mid term researchers with excellent research records from the whole world.
INVITATIONS AS A CONSULTANT
1. 2000: Invited guest during an Annual Scientific Review of the Scientific findings at the
Institute of Primate Research Karen, for the period 1999-2000. The review was centred on
the Institutes findings in the areas of Virology, Reproductive Biology, Infectious diseases.
Conservation and Primate Medicine.
2. January 2004: Invited by the Director for Research Programmes on Sustenalbe Use of
Dryland Biodiversity (RPSUD) to serve as a Consultant in selection of applications to be
funded (up to US $ 20,000) by the Swedish International Agency for Development (SIDA)
and Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing countries (SAREC).
SPECIALIZED SCIENTIFIC RESPONSIBILITES
1. Served as a reviewer for the Journal of Biosciences in the year 2002
2. Currently serving as a registered reviewer for the Editorial Board of the European Journal
of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology in the areas of pregnancy loss
and abortions, recurrent pregnancy loss, placental physiology and pathology, and pre-
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN SCIENTIFIC LEADERSHIP (CURRENT)
I. One of my articles “Omwadho, CA, Tinneberg HR, Tumbo-Oeri, AG., Roberts TK., Falconer
J (2000). Recurrent Pregnancy losses and the role of Immunotherapy. Archives of Gynecology
and Obstetrics 264; 3-12” has been listed number 3 out of the only six authoritative references
from around the world upon which a review leading to the development of an insurance Policy
based on use of intravenous immunoglobulin and other forms of experimental immunotherapy in
the management of reproductive failure in a number of states in the United states of America has
been developed by CareFree and Blue shield group of Insurance companies in collaboration with
other Insurance groups.
Has been listed at number 57 of the first 100 articles catalogues by Archives of Gynecology and
Obstetrics in the period 1998 to 2004
II. One of my papers “Omwandho, CA, Tinneberg HR., Tumbo-Oeri Ag., Roberts TK.,
Falconer J (2001): Immunological role of plancenta, Blocking factors and NK cells in the post
implantation pregnancy. African Journal of Health Sciences 8: 2-16. (ISSN 1022-9272)” has
been selected into the “Brithish Library Direct” as one of the articles leading the way towards
finding solutions to immunologically triggered reproductive failure.
III. One of my papers “Charles OA., Omwandho, Susanne E.M. Grussner, Timothy K. Roberts,
Hans Tinneberg (2004). Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG): Modes of action in the
management of Recurrent Pregnancy loss and selected Autoimmune disorders Clinical
Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 42 (4): 359-370
Has been selected as the number 1 article out of the only 10 articles selected recently by
“Cytotect Biotest Pharmaceutical group” and listed in the “Disease and Treatment Database”
Has provoked an interest by four pharmaceutical companies in Germany namely Philips
pharmaceuticals, Pfizet, Bayer and ZLB all of whom have expressed an interest in
sponsoring me to go to Germany and share my ideas with their research and production
scientists. Infact, Pfizer has already contributed its share of support to the Dean of
Medicine at Giessen University in Germany to facilitate my trip.
Has been listed as number 10 out of 25 articles catalogued by Borstel in the “Central
Directory for National Reference for Clinical and Experimental pathologies”
Listed by “Lippincott Williams and Wilkins” as one of the reference publications into
CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITMENTS
1. Chairman (College of Biological & Physical Scineces) and College Representative to the
University of Nairobi Show committee.
2. Course Co-ordinator (Biochemistry Department) to First year Medicine, Dental Surgery
3. Chairman, Strategic Plan Committee, Department of Biochemistry, University of
4. Biochemistry department’s representative to College of Biological and Physical Sciences
Strategic Planning Committee, University of Nairobi.
5. College of Health Sciences Representative and member of the Steering Committee on the
University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park.
6. Member; Ethical Evaluation Committee for Biomedical Research Proposals at Pre-
clinical departments of the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at Chiromo
Campus, University of Nairobi.
7. College of Health Sciences delegate to UAU
PAST HIGHER ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITMENTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF
BIOCHEMISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
1. 24TH TO 29TH June 2004: Acting Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, University of
2. 31st July to 6th August 2004: Acting Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, University of
3. 17th January to 22nd January 2005: Acting Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, University
4. 22nd March to 24th March 2005: Acting Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, University of
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Immunological Role of Placenta and Blocking Factors in the Post Implantation Pregnancy
focusing on the role of placental IgG (symmetric and asymmetric)
2. Natural killer (NK) cells as a markers of HIV-infection, Immunology and prognosis during
3. Use of complex carbohydrate extracts from Mushroom in the management of induced
carcinogenesis in rats.
SUPERVISON OF POST GRAUDATE AND HONOURS STUDENTS AT UoN
1. Served as the Principal supervisor for the M.Sc. thesis of Mr. John Munderu Muchiri titled
“Elution and Partial Characterisation of Immunoglobulins bound to Goat Placenta. “Degree
awarded in November 2000 (Department of Biochemistry).
2. Served as a supervisor for the M.Sc. research project to Mr. Fred Onyango Onono
(Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi). Project titled “T-cell responses in
cattle immunized with a protopype anti-sporozoite sub-unit vaccine against Theileria parva.”
(Degree awarded in May 2004).
3. Served as Principal supervisor for M.Sc. research project of Mr. George Mala (Department of
Biochemistry) project title “Quantitation and Partial characterization of placental bound
immunoglobulins-G (IGg) in normal and pathological human placenta.
4. Supervised an M.Sc. research project of Mr. Ezekiel Mecha project title “Use of Natural
Killer Cells as a marker in the Immunobiology and Management of HIV infection in humans
5. Supervised an MSc research project of Carolyne Wasonga titled “Effect of edible
Basidiomycetes fruit body extracts on induced liver tumor in mice”.
6. Supervisied Honours project for Albert Nyangwansa titled “Detection of Symmetric and
asymmetric IgG composition in non preganant sheep” at the department of Biochemistry.
7. Currently supervising Honours project for Dorine Nkatha Raiboni titled
Symmetric/Asymmetric IgG composition in seum and retro-placental blood of oviparous
8. Currently supervising Honour project for Samwel Kinuthia Gathe titled “Effect of selected
edible basidiomycete fruit body extracts on induced liver tumour in mice”.
EXAMINATION OF THESES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI AND EXTERNAL
1. 1998: served as a member of the Examining Board during the Oral Examination
defense) and supervisor of correction for Ms. Jemimah A. Oduma’s Ph.D thesis “the
effect of Heptchlor-organo Chlorine Pesticide on the reproductive Perfomance of
Female Sprague Dawley Rats.” Degree awarded in November 1998 (department of
Animal Physiology, University
2. 1999: Served as a member of the Examination Board during the Oral Examination
(Defense) of Mr. Nicholas k. Gikonyo’s Ph.D thesis titles “Semiochemical Basis of
Feeding Preferences on water buck kobus Defassa Buffallo Syncerus caffer and
ox, by some Glossina morsitans group of Tsetse flies.” Degree awarded in
November 1999 (Department of Chemistry, University of Nairobi.
3. 2000: Served as Internal examiner and a member of the Examination board for John
Munderu Muchiri’s M.Sc thesis titles “Elution and partial Characterisation of
Immunoglobulins bound to Goat Placenta.” Degree awarded in November 2000
(Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi.
4. 2000: Served as a member of the Examination Board during the Oral Examination
(Defense) of Mr. K. R. Oluoch’s M.Sc thesis titled: “Identification of DNAs located
on a sub-telomeric fragment to Theileria parva genome.” Degree awarded in
November 2000 Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi.
5. 2001: Served as Internal Examiner and a member of the Examination board for Mr.
Washington Ochieng’s M.Sc. thesis, titled, “Pathogenesis and Immune Responses
in HIV-1 infected infants and children in Kenya.” Degree awarded in November
2001 (Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi.
6. 2001: Served as board member during the Oral Examination (Defense) of Amos Mr.
Kungu Mbugua’s M.Sc thesis titles “Isolation and characterization of
Trypanosoma Congolense gene encoding an antigen recognised by infective
serum from Cape buffalo.” Degree awarded in November 2001 (Department of
Zoology, University of Nairobi.
7. served as internal Examiner for Mr. Moses Sichangi’s M.sc thesis titled “Analysis of
Endogenous Retrovirus-like particle expression in normal male olive baboon
(papio Anubis) reproductive tissues.” Degree awarded in November 2001
(department of Animal physiology, University of Nairobi
8. Served as a member of the ecaminers board during the Post humous examination of
the late W. Njoroge’s MSc thesis title “Early diagnosis and vertical transmission of
HIV-1 in children born to HIV-1 seropositive mothers in rural Western Kenya.
Degree awarded posthumously in November 2002 (Department of Biochemistry,
University of Nairobi.
9. served as internal examiner for daudi k. Langats PhD thesis titles “Molecular
characterization of Paan-AG, An HLA-G_like gene ezxpressed in baboon (Papio
anubis) Placenta”. Degree awarded in November 2002 (department of Animal
Physiology, University of Nairobi
10. served as internal examinaer for PhD thesis for Ms Abubakar Laila Uweso titles
“Molecular characterization of the lectin-trypsin complex from midgut of the
testse fly Glossina Fuscipes.” (department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi
Degree awarded in November 2003.
11. served as internal examiner for MSc thesis for Fredrick Onyango Onono titled “t-cell
responses in the cattle immunised with a prototype anti-sporozoite sub-unit
vaccine against theileria parva (Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi)
Degree awarded in May 2004.
12. served as an internal examiner for the MSc. Thesis of Humphery k. Njaanake
(Departmetn of Zoology, Univeristy of Nairobi) titles, “Comparison of tnhe effects
of two praziquantel doses versus two metrifonate doses in Schistosoma
haematobium (Mazeras strain) infection in hamsterns” degree to be awarded in
13. Served as a board member during the defece of a PhD thesis of Mutahi W. titled,
comparison of Praziquantel and metriofonate doses in field trials in school
children in Machakos and Mwea Districts of Kenya. Degree awarded in February
14. Served as Internal Examiner for an MSC thesis of Patrick Onyango Ogola titles
Hormonal correlates and effects of maternal life History traits on natal dispersal
among male yellow baboons, Papio Cynocephalus in Amboseli national park. Degree
awarded in November 2005.
15. Served as Internal Examiner for an MSC thesis of Patrick Onyango titles Hormonal
correlates and effects of maternal life History traits on natal dispersal male yellow
baboons Papio Cynocephalus in Amboseli National Park. Kenya. Degree awarded in
16. Served as intenal examiner for MSc for George Otieno Mala’s M.Sc. thesis titles
“quantitation and partial characterization of placental bound immunoglobulins-
G (IGg) in normal and pathological human placentae.” Department of
Biochemistry, University of Nairobi) Degree awarded in November 2005
17. served as internal examiner for MSc thesis for Mr. Ezekiel Mecha titles Natualkiller
cells and selected/metabolite profiles in HIV infection and progression to AIDS
(thesis submitted and undergoing examination) (Department of Biochemistry,
University of Nairobi).
18. served as internal examiner for MSc thesis of Carolyne Wasonga titles “effect of
edible Basidiomycetes fruit body extracts on induced liver tumor in mice” (Thesis
successfully defended (Department of Biochemistry, University of Nairobi.
External examination for theses from foreign Universities:
19.served as the External Examiner for the MSc Thesis of Hai titled Delt Haemolysin
production of Long-term staphylococcus epidermidis Cultures’ from the University
of Newcastle, Australia in the year 2005.
TEACHING DUTIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY
1. level 1 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.Ch.B) Bachelor of
Pharmacy (B.Pharm) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) Biochemistry.
2. B.Sc III Biochemistry
3. Masters of medicine in Psychiatry: Neurochemistry
4. Master of Science in Biochemistry.
a. Protein structure in relation to function MB503
b. Biochemistry techniques and Instrumentation MB504
c. Molecular Immunology MB507.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:
1. Executive committee member, Kenya Society for Immunology
2. Member of Biochemistry Society of Kenya
3. Member of Africa Biotechnology Stake holder’s Forum (ABSF)
4. member of Bionet Africa
5. Member Federation of African Societies for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
PREVIOUS MATERIAL AND CASH DONATIONS RECEIVED:
• 1996-2002: 11,000 Australian $ (US$ 8,000) worth in material and fine laboratory reagents.
Prof. Tim Roberts, Senior Assistant Dean, School of Mathematics and Science University of
Newcastle, NWS Australia
• 2002: DM 12,000-(US$8,000) Prof. Hans –R Tinneberg, Director, University Women’s
Hospital and President, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany and European College
of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
• 2003; 2,200 Euros (US$4,800) worth of reagents from Prof. hans – R Tinneberg, Director,
University Women’s Hospital and president, Justus Liebig University of Giessen Germany
and European College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
• 2004: the late professor Peter Campbell (Signatory to FSBMB account) ; US$ 560 in
• 2004: US$ 3,250 (travel & Accommodation) – Prof. Joan Hunt University Distinguished
Professor and Assistant Dean, School of Reproductive Medicine, University of Kansas,
Kansas, United States of America.
• 2005: Professor Joan Hunt, The Vice-Chancellor for research at Kansa University Medical
School in the United States of America has awarded me US$12,000 and round trip air ticket
to fo and participate in collaborative research for six months at the University of Kansas,
USA between 1st October 2005 to 31st March 2006
• 2005: Dr. Harding Montgomety Sunningdale, Berkshie, England . US US$ 2,283 in
TOTAL GRANT AND TRAVEL SUPPORT IN THE LIST THREE YEARS US$55,093
1. Prof. T. K. Roberts
Biological Sciences department
University of Newcastle
NSW 2308, Australia
2. Prof. Hans-R Tinnerberg
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Justus-Liebig University Giessen
Klinikstrasse 32, 35392 Giessen, German
3. prof. Emmanuel Wango
Department of Animal Physiology
University of Nairobi
P O Box 30197 Nairobi – Kenya
4. Prof. Richard Mibey
Botany department, Univeristy of Nairobi
P O Box 30197 Nairobi – Kenya
(Currently the Deputy Vice-chancellor, Administration and Finance) Maseno University, Private
Bag Maseno Kenya.