Editorial Team

Prof. Z. Ngalo Otieno-Ayayo, Ph.D. (Editor in Chief)

Prof. Z. Ngalo Otieno-Ayayo is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the School of Science, Technology, and Engineering and Coordinator for  Rongo University Annex. He is immediate past treasurer of the African Association of Insect Scientists (AAIS). Prof. Ngalo holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel. He has a wide range of experience in Integrated Pest and Vector Management, which he has practised in Africa and outside Africa. His research interests are in the use of biopesticides for pest and vector control, with special attention to native and recombinant Bacillus thuringiensis entomocidal proteins. He has had an opportunity to participate in the German Mosquito Control Association’s aerial-and hand-spraying of Bti in the swamps of Waldsee (Germany) and the meadows of Wroslaw (Poland), respectively. Currently, Prof. Ngalo is leading a team developing the apiculture industry for research, training, and business at Rongo University. The business component is expected to diffuse into the neighboring communities and emerge into cottage industries that feed the mother industry at R.U. Prof. Ngalo previously worked at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in various capacities (between 1985 and 2000) before embarking on lecturing at Solusi University in Zimbabwe (2000-2005) and the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (2008-2014). He was an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Research Fellow at BGU from 1989-90, where he worked on radioisotopes to study the interactions of Bti toxin proteins and the fate of the ẟ-endotoxin in the mosquito gut.

Office Contact:

Rongo University Annex

P.O. Box 103, Rongo-40404, KENYA.

E-mail: zngalo@rongovarsity.ac.ke

Prof Hezborn Kodero, Ph.D. (Editor)

Prof Kodero is an educational psychologist who pursued his Masters and PhD. degrees at the University of Alberta, Canada on Commonwealth scholarship. He has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students, written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and attended many international and local conferences. He has served as Dean School of Education at Moi and Rongo Universities, and Dean School of Graduate Studies at Rongo University. He teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate courses.

Office Contact:

Rongo University

P.O. Box 103, Rongo-40404, Kenya.

E-mail: hkodero@rongovarsity.ac.ke

Prof. Ramesh Francis, Ph.D. (Editor)

Prof. Ramesh is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the School of Science and Technology. He holds a Ph.D degree in Zoology with a specialization in Animal Physiology from Bharathiar University, India. He has experience of over 18 years in the academic field. He has served as the Chairperson for the Department of Biological Sciences for 7 years and as the Dean for the School of Science and Technology for 6 years. Before he joined the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, he also worked at Spicer Adventist University, India for 6 years, from 2004-2010. His research interests are in zoology, animal physiology, ecotoxicology, and biomedical sciences.

 Dr. Taji Shivachi, Ph.D. (Editor)

Dr. Taji holds a Doctoral, Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Public Policy and Administration. Currently, Dr. Shivachi teaches Sociology at Rongo University, with research interests in health, gender and child protection. He is an expert in monitoring and evaluation, with years of practical engagement in evaluation research for development projects. He has also been involved in development of strategic plans. He is a member of the Christian Scientific Association of Kenya (Secretary, Rongo University Chapter) and the Gerontology Association of Kenya.

Office Contact:

Rongo University

P.O. Box 103, Rongo-40404, KENYA.

E-mail: taji@rongovarsity.ac.ke

Dr. Evans Ouma, Ph.D. (Editor)

Dr. Ouma is a senior lecturer in genetics and plant breeding in the school of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Sciences. He earned his PhD degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Eldoret; M.Sc. (Plant Breeding& Biotechnology), and B.Sc. Hons. (Horticulture) from Moi University. Dr. Evans Ouma has vast training in leadership and mentorship from Emerge Centre for Innovations – Africa (ECI-Africa)-the former PICO – Eastern Africa (PICO-EA). He has more than 10 years of teaching experience at the university level and over 10 years of experience in research and community outreach both locally and internationally. He has published more than 20 scientific papers and several technical reports in international Refereed Journals and participated in several national and international conferences and workshops. Dr. Evans Ouma has done extensive research on plant response and adaptation to low pH acid soils using both conventional and biotechnological approaches and has contributed to maize, sorghum and nutsedge improvement in western Kenya. Most recently he has expanded his research area to capture the use of legumes to improve soil fertility and human diets, breeding using crop wild relatives, use of improved forages and ICT to boost dairy production and also mitigating aflatoxin in food and feeds.

 

Dr. Jonathan Mulwa, Ph.D.(Editor)

Dr. Mulwa is a senior lecturer in finance in the School of Business and Human Resource Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Moi University; Master of Business Administration (Finance), and a B.BM (Finance and Banking) from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. He has supervised numerous students to completion at Ph.D. and masters level. His research interests are in intermediation, corporate finance, and Corporate Governance.

Office Contact:

Rongo University

P.O. Box 103, Rongo-40404, KENYA.

E-mail: jmulwa@rongovarsity.ac.ke

Dr. James Abila, Ph.D. (Editor)

Dr. Abila is an informaticist (Smart Metrics for ICT Integration in Systems) who pursued his Masters in Computer-based Systems degrees at the University of Sunderland (UK) on a Commonwealth scholarship and a PhD in I.T. from Kibabi University. He has successfully supervised over 1 PhD student and 8 Masters students, written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and attended several international and local conferences. He has served as Head of ICT and Rongo University, and is currently School Coordinator-Post Graduate Studies at Rongo University. He teaches computer systems and ICT integration and management across disciplines in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Office Contact:

 Rongo University—Head, ICT

P.O. Box 103, Rongo-40404, KENYA.

E-mail: abisonj@rongovarsity.ac.ke

Mr. Joel Nakitare, (Technical Editor and Webmaster).

Mr. Nakitare is a Deputy University Librarian at Rongo University, Kenya. He holds a Bsc. in Information Sciences (Library Studies Option) from Moi University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Kenyatta University. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in information and knowledge management at the Technical University of Kenya. His research interests are in information literacy, scholarly communication, research data management, and Academic Librarianship.

Office Contact:

Rongo University

P.O. Box 103, Rongo-40404, KENYA.

E-mail: jnakitare@rongovarsity.ac.ke