Cell phone: +254721749804

Email: caadhiambo@rongovarsity.ac.ke 



Lecturer, Department of Physical, Biological and Health Sciences

School of Science, Agriculture and Environmental Studies

Rongo University

P.O Box 103-40404,

Rongo – Kenya                                                                                                                               


Examination coordinator, Physical, Biological and Health science department. A member of Institutional Review and Ethics Committee, Rongo University. A member of Science, Technology and Innovation mainstreaming committee at Rongo University. Biological Weapon Convention (BWC) Desk officer /focal person for Rongo University.


PhD. Botany (Microbiology): Maseno University. MSc. Botany (Microbiology): Maseno University. BEd Sc. (Biology and Geography): Kenyatta University.


An academician with thirteen years of teaching in Secondary school and ten years at the university. An examiner, mentor and a researcher with over twenty years of experience. Enthusiastic, knowledge hungry, skilled and a personable team player. Require very minimal supervision. Adequate experience in teaching Botany and Microbiology courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


A reviewer with the Journal of Applied Life Sciences International, International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, Journal of plant cell biotechnology and molecular Biology, journal of advances in Microbiology, International Journal of pathogen research, Global Press hub, Asian Journal of Research and Review in Agriculture, International Journal of Plant and Soil Science, A member of editorial committee for the Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. A member of African Women in Science (AWIS) Mentorship Programme by African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) – AWIS 2021 cohort.


African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE), African Women for Biosciences (AWfB), Biochemistry and Biotechnology Professional Society of Kenya (BBPSK), Associate member of International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS).


Microbiology, plant pathology, Food security, Climate Change, Promotion of indigenous and underutilized food crops through bio-resource (germplasm) collection, conservation, breeding and improvement


Two PhD, one masters and several undergraduate students.


  1. Otieno, C.A.(2020). Taro leaf blight (Phytophthora colocasiae) disease pathogenicity on selected taro (Colocasiae esculenta) accessions in Maseno-Kenya. Open access library journal, 7https://doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1106393
  2. Otieno, C.A. (2020). Relationship between Taro Leaf Blight (Phytophthora colocasiae) Disease Resistance and Agronomic Traits of Kenyan and Pacific – Caribbean Taro (Colocasies esculenta) Accessions. World Journal of Research and Review (WJRR) ISSN: 2455-3956 Volume-11, Issue-2, August 2020 Pages 14-28.https://doi.org/10.31871/WJRR.11.2.5
  3. Otieno, C.A.(2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Kenyan case: A Review on prioritizing immunonutrition in Prevention and Management. World Journal of Research and Review (WJRR) ISSN: 2455-3956, Volume-11, Issue-2, August 2020 Pages 01-13 www.wjrr.org. https://doi.org/10.31871/WJRR.11.2.4
  4. Otieno, C.A, Adema VP and Opande GT.(2019). Comparison of severity of Phytophthora colocasiae (taro leaf blight) disease on in-vivo and in-vitro Pacific-Caribbean and Kenyan taro (Colocasiae esculenta) grown in Kakamega county (Kenya). GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 6(2), 40-51.DOI: https://doi.org/10.30574/gscbps.2019.6.2.0010
  1. Otieno, C.A., Opande, G.T and Palapala, V.A. Challenges in production and management of Colocasiae esculenta (L) Schott (TARO), leaf blight disease and Biology of Phytophthora colocasiaeRacib in Kenya. LAP Lambert Academic publishing pg 1-52.
  2. Otieno, C.A., Opande, G.T and Palapala, V.A. 2018. Evaluation of taro leaf blight disease (Phytophthora colocasiae) incidence on Kenyan and Pacific Island taro (Colocasiae esculenta) accessions in Kakamega (Western Kenya). International journal of Biosciences Vol 12. No. 6, p. 355-361. http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/12.6.355-361
  3. 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.
  4. Onyango, B.O., Otieno, C.A and Palapala, V.A. 2012. Effect of wheat bran supplementation with fresh and composted agricultural wastes on growth of Kenyan native wood ear mushroom (Auricularia auricula) L. ex-Hook.) Underw.) African journal of Biotechnology Vol. 12 (19), pp. 2692-2698. http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB