Simon Mburu Wambui

Simon Mburu Wambui

Lecturer

Email: smburu@chuka.ac.ke

Faculty: Science, Engineering & Technology

Department: Biological Sciences

Biography

Teaching

Outputs

Research/PhD

WORK EXPERIENCE
Lecturer: Department of Biological Sciences – June 2019 to date: Chuka University
Part-time Tutor: Department of Natural Resources. – September 2017 to May 2019: Karatina University

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Kenyatta University, 2019, PhD Microbiology
Kenyatta University, 2014-2016, M.Sc. Microbiology
Kenyatta University, 2010-2014, B.Sc. Microbiology
St. Francis Secondary School, 2005-2008, K.C.S.E

PUBLICATIONS
1. Mburu SW, Kimiti JM, Ombori O, Maingi JM and Njeru EM (2018) Genetic characterization and diversity of rhizobium isolated from root nodules of mid-altitude climbing bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) varieties. Front. Microbiol. 9:968. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00968
2. Koskey, Gilbert, Mburu, Simon W., Njeru, Ezekiel M., Kimiti, Jacinta M., Ombori, Omwoyo and Maingi, John M. (2017). Potential of native rhizobia in enhancing nitrogen fixation and yields of climbing beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Contrasting Environments of Eastern Kenya. Frontiers in Plant Science 8(443). doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls. 2017.00443.
3. Mburu, S.W., Koskey, G., Kimiti, J.M., Ombori, O., Maingi, J.M. and Njeru, E.M. (2016). Agrobiodiversity conservation enhances food security in subsistence-based farming systems of Eastern Kenya. Agriculture & Food Security, 5(1), 19. DOI: 10.1186/s40066-016-0068-2

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
1.European Commission (Joint Research Centre) -Travel grant to make a presentation on research methodologies in Brussels, Belgium 15-17 Nov 2017.
2.RUFORUM (August 2017)-Research grant on the use biofertilizers in Embu and Tharaka-Nithi in Eastern Kenya.
3.Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) (July 2017)-Travel grant to be part of a panel during International Tropical Agriculture Conference held at Brisbane, Australia on 20-24 November 2017
4.Global Forum for innovation in Agriculture (GFIA)-Travel grant to present a poster during GFIA week at Abu Dhabi, UAE on 20th – 22nd March 2017.
5.Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture-Awarded best poster during 5th RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 at Cape Town, South Africa.
6.DAAD through Food Security Centre of Hoheinheim University, Germany. Scholarship to study “Climate Change: Impacts on food security” at Kasetsart University Bangkok, Thailand during FSC Summer School 2016.
7.Independent Science and Partnership Council for CGIAR Travel grant to participate at the 2016 Science Forum (SF16) in UNECA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
8.RUFORUM Scholarship for M.Sc. (Microbiology) at Kenyatta Uni

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Sustainable management of biodiversity and food security
Climate adaptation and food security
Microbiology and climate change science

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