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sheila okoth

University: University of Nairobi, Kenya
Department: Botany
Address: Sheila Okoth Botany Department University of Nairobi P. O. Box 30197 Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: 254-2-4449004 Ex 2470
Fax: 254-2-4449002
Email: dorisokoth#yahoo.com
Scientific interests: Taxonomy of Trichoderma and use as biocontrol
Interest in Trichoderma: Taxonomy of Trichoderma and use as biocontrol
   
Curriculum Vitae:
CURRICULUM VITAE Dr. Sheila A. Okoth Biological Sciences Building University of Nairobi P.O. Box 30197 NAIROBI, KENYA TEL: 447865/449004/442014/5/6 Ext. 2470 FAX: 254-2-4449902 E-MAIL: sheilaokoth@uonbi.ac.ke dorisokoth@yahoo.com Updated June, 2004 (i) Name/Address: Home: Sheila A. Okoth Office: Botany Department P.O. Box 53396 University of Nairobi Postal Code 00200 P.O. Box 30197 - Nairobi, Kenya Postal code 00100 Nairobi, Kenya. (ii) Date of Birth: 3rd October 1963 (iii) Nationality: Kenyan (iv) Marital Status: Married (v) Education (a) Academic Achievements ________________________________________________________________________ DATE/HOST INSTITUTION DEGREE AWARDED ________________________________________________________________________ 1986; Kenyatta University Bachelor of Education, Science (Botany/Zoology). Second Class Honours, Upper Division 1989; University of Nairobi Master of Science in Botany 1997; University of Nairobi Doctor of Philosophy in Mycology ________________________________________________________________________ (b) Professional Training ________________________________________________________________________ DATE/HOST INSTITUTION TRAINING ________________________________________________________________________ 3rd – 5th November 1991, International Workshop on the University of Nairobi Identification of Microfungi of Importance in Crops, held by the International Mycology Institute 6th – 15th May, 1996, Regional Training Course on Kabete Campus Diagnostic Techniques in Plant University of Nairobi Pathology organized by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International. 20th Jan – 14th Feb 1997, Regional Training Course on Chiromo Campus Molecular Biology Techniques and University of Nairobi Biotechnology organized by the Biotechnology Platform, Kenya. 18th -29th August 1997 International Training Course on Chiromo Campus Molecular Biology Techniques University of Nairobi and Biotechnology. 7th – 11th July, 1997 Systematics of the Ascomycota and Chiromo Campus their Anamorphs I organized by the University of Nairobi International Mycological Institute and U.K. Department of the Environment as a component of the Darwin Project "Conservation of endangered plants and their associated fungi in Kenya". 27th – 31st July 1998, Systematics of the Ascomycota and Chiromo Campus their Anamorphs I organized by the University of Nairobi International Mycological Institute and U.K. Department of the Environment as a component of the Darwin Project "Conservation of endangered plants and their associated fungi in Kenya". 27th Sept – 1st October 1999, Systematics of the Ascomycota and Chiromo Campus their Anamorphs I organized by the University of Nairobi International Mycological Institute and U.K. Department of the Environment as a component of the Darwin Project "Conservation of endangered plants and their associated fungi in Kenya". 12th -16th November2000 African Career Awards (ACA) Nairobi, Kenya Training program organised by the Rockefeller Foundation. 8th - 12th April 2002, Training on Medicinal plants processing held at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Organised by Commonwealth Secretariat, London. 13th - 24th May, 2002 Plant Bioetchnology and Biosafety Wageningen, The Netherlands Course organized by the International Agricultural Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands. 27th – 29th May, 2002 BIO-EARN Biological background Information course on Botanical Files. (vi) Employment DATE POST/INSTITUTION 1986 – 1987: A teacher at Highway Secondary School, Class Teacher, Chairperson of General Paper Committee, Representative to 8-4-4 Curriculum Review. Teaching Courses: Biology, General Paper 1989: Graduate Assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences of Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology (JKUCAT). Teaching Course: Plant Pathology 1990: Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences of Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology (JKUCAT). Teaching Course: Plant Pathology 1990 – 1991: Part-time Lecturer at the Medical Training Centre (Nairobi). Teaching Course: Medicinal Plants. 1991 – 1996: Tutorial Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Nairobi. 1996 – 1998: Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Nairobi. Teaching Courses: Undergraduates: SBT 104 : Survey of the Plant Kingdom. SBT 204 : Plant Structure and Function. SBT 302 : General Mycology. Postgraduate Courses: SBT 526 : Medical and Veterinary Mycology !998 – to date Senior Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Nairob (vii) Publications 1. Okoth, S.A., 1989. MSc. Thesis. Studies on Alternaria crassa (Sacc.) Rands as a possible mycoherbicide on Datura stramonium L. 2. Okoth, S.A. and Siboe, G.M., 1996. Elevated levels of lead in soil affect the distribution of soil mucorales. Presented at the First Pan-African Conference on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2nd – 6th September, 1996, Nairobi, Kenya. 3. Okoth, S.A., 1997. Ph.D. Thesis. The flora and ecology of soil mucorales in a dry upland forest and grassland ecological zones in Kenya. 4. Okoth, S.A., Siboe, G.M. and Dirk van Speybroeck 1997/8. The distribution of mucorales in some parts of Kenya. International Journal of BiochemiPhysics Vol. 6 & 7, (Nos. 1 & 2) : 45 – 50. 5. Ogola, J.S. and S.A. Okoth, 1999. Climate Change: Potential Impacts on Kenya’s Ecosystem and Biodiversity. World Resource Review Vol. II No. 2: 161 – 173. 6. Okoth, S.A. and Ogola, J.S. 2002. Distribution of Fungi and Climate Change: A Case Study of Mucoraceous Fungi in Kenya. World Resource Review Vol. 14 No. 2: 223 – 234. 7. Okoth, S. A. 2004. An overview of the diversity of microorganisms causing decomposition in the soil. Accepted for publication by the Journal of Tropical Microbiology 3: 3-13. 8. Okoth, S. A. 2003. Aflatoxins in weaning foodstuffs in Kisumu District. Accepted for publication by the Kenya Journal of Sciences, series B. 9. Okoth, S. A. and G. M. Siboe, 2003. Influence of soil lead (Pb) levels on fungal occurrence, growth and sporulation. J. Trop. Microbiol. 2:27-34. 10. Okoth, S. A. and Ohingo M. June 2004. Dietary aflatoxin exposure and impaired growth in young children from Kisumu District,Kenya: Cross sectional study. Accepted for publication by the African Journal of Health Sciences. 11. Pauline B. and Okoth S. A. 2004. Secondary School Biology Pupils’ Book Form 1. University of Nairobi Press. 238 pages. (viii) Conferences, Symposia and Workshops Attended 3rd – 15th November, 1991: Attended the International Workshop on the Identification of Microfungi of Importance in Crops, organised by the International Mycological Institute at Kabete Campus, University of Nairobi. 17th – 21st February, 1992: Attended the Regional Symposium on Biotechnology for Development, sponsored by UNESCO at ILRAD, Nairobi. 7th – 10th March, 1995: Attended the 3rd Regional Mycology Conference held in Harare, Zimbabwe. 2nd – 6th September, 1996: Participated in the 1st Pan-African Conference on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology held in Nairobi, Kenya. 17th – 18th August, 1998: Organized and participated in the 4th Regional Mycological Congress held in Nairobi, Kenya. 16th – 17th April, 1999: Attended the First National Symposium of the Kenya Society of Microbiology, Nairobi, Kenya. 2nd December, 1999: Organized and attended the National Stakeholders Workshop on Management of Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Land Use and Global Environmental Benefits (MAGLUS) held at Farmers Training Centre, Ngerenyi, Wundanyi, Taita-Taveta District, Kenya. 17th – 22nd Jan 2000: Attended the International Workshop on Agrobiodiversity for Sustainable Land Use and Global Environmental Benefits (MAGLUS) at ICRAF, Kenya. 8th – 9th May 2000: Attended the Workshop on Systematics and Conservation of Small-Bodied Organisms in East Africa. 30thOct - 3rd Nov 2000: Resource Person on ‘Taxonomy and Preservation of Fungi’ for the Regional Course in Herbarium Techniques, East African Herbarium, Kenya. 29th Jan – 2nd Feb 2001 Resource person on ‘Team Work in Research’ for the Research Proposal Writing Workshop organised by University of Nairobi in partnership with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. 8th – 12th April 2002 Attended workshop on Medicinal Plants processing in Nairobi organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, United Kingdom. 22nd – 27th April 2001 Attended the International Symposium on Bioactive Fungal Metabolites : Impact and Exploitation, University of Wales Swansea, United Kingdom. 11th – 13th July 2001 Attended the Workshop on Capacity Building in Biotechnology and Biosafety at The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya. 27th - 29th May 2002 Attended the Biosafety workshop on Botanical files, in Wageningen, The Netherlands. 10th – 18th August 2002 Attended The Seventh International Mycological Congress (IMC7), Oslo, Norway. 26th – 28th Nov. 2002 Attended seminar on Developing National Biosafety Systems: Identifying critical decision points and information requirements. Seminar for East and Central Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. Sponsored by ASARECA, CTA, BIO-EARN, ISNAR. 14th – 18th August, 2003 National Biotechnology Policy and Biosafety Bill Workshop Organised by UNEP, National Council for Science and Technology, African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum, Nairobi, Kenya. 3rd – 8th June, 2004 Peer Reviewing and editing workshop fro B. Ed Science 2nd Year study material for distance learners, Matuu, Kenya. (ix) Membership of Societies and Associations 1. Member, Association of African Women in Science and Technology 2. Member, African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB). 3. Member, Kenya Society of Microbiology (KSM). 4. Member, East African Network Loop of BioNet-International, Global Network for Taxonomy (EAFRINET). 6. Member, The African Forestry Research Network (AFORNET). 7. Member, Bionet-Africa. 8. Member African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF). (x) Supervision of Postgraduate Students and Examination of Thesis 1. Supervision of postgraduate research projects and examination of thesis. Current postgraduate projects under my supervision: (a) Project Title - Application of mineral fertilizers and their effect on soil microfungi by Mulati Wakachala (b) Project Title - Cultivation of Pleurotus mushroom using agricultural and industrial wastes by Peter Wachira (c) Project Title – Effects of locally isolated Basidiomycetes extracts on experimentally induced liver tumor in mice by Carolyne Wesonga (d) Project Title – Distribution of Pythium spp. In indigenous forests and the adjacent farmlands by Peter Mukundi 2. Master of Science Thesis Examined: (a) Kariuki George Muhia (1999) MSc. Thesis entitled “Identification, Pathogenicity and Epidemiology of Fungi associated with water hyacinth Eichhnornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms in Kenya”. University of Nairobi. 3. Member of the Board of Examiners for Master of Science Thesis for Mr. Geoffrey K. Kirui, entitled “Glycoalkaloid content of some potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) varieties grown in Kenya as influenced by light and different storage conditions” in the department of Botany, University of Nairobi, 18th Sept. 2002. (xi) University Administration/Activities 1. Teaching microbiology courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Department of Botany since June 1991. 2. Member of the Faculty of Science Board; 1991 to present. 3. Departmental Examination Representative. 4. Departmental Representative to the Agricultural Society of Kenya Show Committee. 5. Departmental Representative to the College Science Workshop Committee. (xii) National Development Activities/Current Research Work (a) Researcher in the Darwin Initiative Project on Conservation of Endangered Plants and their associated fungi in Kenya. A joint project between Centre for Agricultural Biology International (CABI) and University of Nairobi, June 1997 to June 2000. (b) Principal Researcher and Finance Controller of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below Ground Biodiversity Project. A global project involving seven developing countries: Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Uganda and funded by GEF - March 1999 to date. (c) Principal Researcher on Mycotoxins in the weaning foods of Kenyan children sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation. Oct. 2000 to Nov. 2003. (d) Member of the National Gender Advisory Board. Oct.2001 to date. (e) Member of the Health Sciences Committee of The National Council for Science and Technology. (f) Principal Researcher in the Biosafety East Africa Research Network (BIO-EARN). Research involving Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and The Plant Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands. 2002 to date. (xiii) Referees Prof. Richard Mibey Deputy Vice Chancellor A&F Maseno University Private Bag Maseno, Kenya. Prof. James Ochanda Department of Biochemistry University of Nairobi P. O. Box 30197, GPO Nairobi, Kenya Dr. Beatrice Anyango Department of Botany University of Nairobi P. O. Box 30197, GPO Nairobi, Kenya

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