Name: Dr. Carren Adhiambo Otieno

Position/Designation: Assistant Lecturer

Contacts: Mobile Phone No: 0721749804

                Email Address: caadhiambo@rongovarsity.ac.ke OR joycarotieno@gmail.com

Biography

Academic qualifications

2019: PhD. Botany (Microbiology): Maseno University

2012: MSc. Botany (Microbiology): Maseno University

2000: BEd Sc. (Biology and Geography): Kenyatta University

1994: Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E.) – Koru Girls’ High School

1989: Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) – Makindu Primary School

Work experience

Assistant lecturer: 2014 – to date

Part-time lecturer:  Tom  Mboya University College – 2019 to date

Part-time lecturer:  Mount Kenya University- Kakamega Branch – 2013-2014

High School teacher: 2001 – 2014.

Honours and awards

July 2013: Capacitate East Africa- Molecular Biology Training held at Kenyatta University (Certificate of participation).

April 2015: Interdisciplinary Research Conference and exhibition held at Baraton Community Training and Research Centre. Title; Taro Leaf Blight (Phytophthora colocasiae) Disease. A review (Certificate of presentation)

July 2016: Author AID training workshop on communicating Research Findings to Policy Makers held at Nakuru Rift Valley Sports Club Kenya (Certificate of attendance)

April 2017: African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) workshop on communicating science at Royal Orchid Hotel Nairobi (Certificate of participation).

April 2017: African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) workshop at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

January 2018: African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) on Bio-safety communication training at Royal Orchid Hotel Nairobi. (Certificate of attendance) November 2019: Rongo internal audit training on quality management system based on ISO 9001:2015 by KEBS Personnel.

April 2021: Online training workshop on the preparation and submission of confidence building measures (CBMs) under the biological weapons convention (BWC).

May 2021: Took part in the development of an Msc in Microbiology Programme for the Department of Biological Sciences, Rongo University

May 2021: Received a certificate of excellence in reviewing a Journal of Applied Life Sciences International. Certificate No:SDI/HQ/PR/Cert/68923/CAR.

July 2021: Became a member of editorial committee for the Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. Journal of Applied Life Sciences International. Certificate No: SDI/HQ/PR/Cert/68923/CAR.

July 2021: Became a member of Institutional Review and Ethics Commettee, Rongo University.

August 2021: Became a member of African Women in Science (AWIS) Mentorship Programme by African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) – AWIS 2021 cohort.

August 2021: Participated in a virtual certificate course on Basic Plant Tissue Culture Techniques organized by OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH). (Certificate of participation)

September 2021: The International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists ICWES18 (18th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists) 3 day online conference (1st – 3rd September) on Global Humanitarian Challenges (Certificate of participation).

September 2021: Participated in a 2-day (20-21st September 2021) Online Training Course on Inclusive Science Technology and Innovation (STI) policy for OIC Member States organized by OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) (Certificate of participation).

October 2021: 3rd Rongo University International Multidisciplinary Research conference (12th -13th October 2021). Title: Evaluation of taro leaf blight (Phytophthora colocasiae) disease incidence, severity and environmental effects of selected taro (Colocasiae esculenta) accession in Western Kenya (Certificate of presentation).

October, 2021: World Food Day virtual participation in the “Our Actions Are Our Future” Jointly Organized by COMSTECH and SAWIE in October 14, 2021 (Certificate of participation).

November 2021: Rongo University workshop on development of  a university level module for Botany course, Basic Botany 1(BOT 110).

December, 2021: A reviewer with the International Journal of Environment and Climate Change. Certificate No: SDI/HQ/PR/Cert/78523/CAR

January 2022: A reviewer with the Journal of plant cell biotechnology and molecular Biology

February 2022: A reviewer with the journal of advances in Microbiology

February 2022: Appointed as a member of Science, Technology and Innovation mainstreaming committee at Rongo University.

March 2022: Participation in COMSTECH, UNESCO and PAS Webinar on Open Science Organized by COMSTECH, UNESCO and PAS in March 10th 2022 (Certificate of participation).

April 2022: A reviewer with the International Journal of Environment and Climate Change. Certificate No: SDI/HQ/PR/Cert/85631/DRC

July 2022: A reviewer with the International Journal of Environment and Climate Change. Certificate No: SDI/HQ/PR/Cert/88323/DRC

July 2022: A reviewer with the International knowledge press on plant cell Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. Certificate No: IKP/PR/Cert/10857/DRC

July 2022: Rongo University CBC workshop for schools and departments in transforming university teaching for C.B.B compliance (Certificate of participation).

Professional affiliation/membership to professional bodies

2004 – 2014: A Biology examiner with KNEC (Kenya National Examination Council).

2014 to current: Provider of high quality education through teaching, research, community service and nurturing innovative graduates and post graduates.

2014 to current: Creation of awareness of current trends, research and techniques in various fields of bioscience and to develop the students’ ability to apply scientific principles and concepts in solving day to day problems facing humanity.

2022 to current: Involvement of learners in community activities geared towards environmental conservation.

Research interest:

Microbiology and plant pathology

Food security and Climate Change

Promotion of indigenous and underutilized food crops through bio-resource (germplasm) collection, conservation, breeding and improvement

Ongoing research projects

Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives on Taro crop development program.

  1. Publications

Onyango, B.O., Palapala, V.A., Arama, P.F., Wagai, S.O and Otieno, C.A. 2011. Nutritional analysis of some composted and non-composted Agricultural substrates used for Production of Kenyan Native Wood Ear Mushrooms (Auricularia auricula(L. Ex Hook.) Underw). American Journal of Food Technology.