Name: Maryrose Nyakio Kithinji

Designation: assistant lecturer

Contact: +254729292403


Academic qualification

 January 2018- present: Masinde Muliro University of Science &Technology

Ph.D In Crop Protection – Molecular virology (On- going)

 Sep 2009 – Dec 2012: Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology

Master of Science in Crop Protection

 Sep 2010 – April 2011: Prifysgol Bangor University (United Kingdom)

Molecular Marker Technology for Plant Analysis & Breeding

Sep 2004 – Dec 2008: Masinde Muliro University of Science

Bachelor of Education (Sciences)

 Jan 1999 – Nov 2002: Chogoria Girls High School

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Grade: A-

Work experience

September 2014 – Current: Assistant lecturer

                                        Rongo University

March 2018 – Research assistant

                        Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

September 2013 – August 2013: Part time lecturer

Rongo University College

September 2013- December 2013: Part time Lecturer, School of agriculture,

Kisii University

Honors and awards – NONE

Professional bodies affiliated to:

  1. Community network for African vector- borne plant viruses (CONNECTED)

  2. Organization for women in Science for the developing world (OWSD-Africa)

  3. African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE)

Research Interests

  1. Food security and Climate Change

  2. Applied molecular biology

  3. Microbiology

  4. Plant disease and control

  5. Plant biotechnology

  6. Bio waste management

3.              On-going research projects: 

2018 – 2022 – Evaluation of potato cultivars for earliness and for resistance to potato virus Y in main growing areas in Kenya. Areas of research were Tigoni, Meru, Molo, Bomet, West Pokot and Mount Elgon. Laboratory work done in James Hutton institute, Scotland.

  1. Publications

  2. Nyakio M.K., Steele K. and Palapala V.A.P. (2014). Genetic diversity of dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) accessions of Kenya using AFLP Markers. Afr. J. Hort. Sci:12-23

  3. Nyakio Kithinji Maryrose, Katherine Andrea Steele and Valerie A. P. Palapala. (2015). Assessment of genetic diversity in local and commercial Kenyan dry bean ( Phaseolus vulgaris L.) using Simple sequence repeats (SSRs). American Journal of Experimental Agriculture 5(4): 306-319, 2015, Article no.AJEA.2015.030 ISSN: 2231-0606

  4. Nyakio K. Maryrose, Valerie A. Palapala, Katherine A. Steele and Reuben Otsyula. (2015). Evaluation of AFLP markers for screening resistance to Common bean root rot (Pythium spp.) American Journal of Experimental Agriculture 5(4): 374-391, Article no.AJEA.2015.039 ISSN: 2231-0606

  5. Nyakio K. Maryrose, Valerie A. Palapala, (2016) A situational analysis of dry bean farming in Kenya, conference proceedings 3rd International Interdisplinary Conference (IIC2016)