Postgraduate Thesis

Post Graduate Theses

Student Degree Title of the thesis Supervisor
Ongoing
Okun Daniel PhD. Analysis of genetic diversity and relationship of pearl millet and germplasm from West Africa using simple sequence repeats (micro-satellites) molecular markers Prof. C. Muthuri
Catherine N. Ngamau PhD. Isolation and identification of banana endophytic bacteria and determination of their role in banana growth and nutrition Prof. C. Muthuri
Benson Kuria PhD. Resource utilisation by two potentially important biofuel species (Jatropha curcas and Tarchonanthus camphoratus) in semi arid Kenya Prof. C. Muthuri
Dr. P. Mwangi
Liu Fan PhD. Experimental analysis of trade-offs between sexual and clonal reproduction in Sagittaria potamogetifolia (Alismataceae) Dr. R. Gituru
Odhiambo O. Peter PhD. Ethnobotany, tissue culture, seed oil extraction and characterization of Thevetia peruviana (yellow oleander), orange and yellow flowering varieties in Kenya Dr. M. Makobe
Zipporah Osiemo PhD. Studies of phylogenetic relationship of members of the Termitomyces associated with fungus-cultivating termites Prof. H. Boga
Paulin Nana PhD. Integrating attraction aggregation attachment pheromone (aaap) and kairomones from calpurnia aurea with entomopathogenic fungi for the control of Rhipicephalus appendiculatus and Amblyomma variegatum Prof. H. Boga
Romano M. Kachiuru PhD. Characterization of the Microbial community in Lake Elementaita and Lake Nakuru Prof. H. Boga
Nyaga John MSc. Effect of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) inoculation and management of indigenous AMF population on the performance of maize and beans under field condition in Embu and Taita districts, Kenya Prof. C. Muthuri
Anne N. Maruti MSc. Ethnobotany of the Keiyo people of the Rift Valley in Kenya Dr. R. Gituru
Felix K. Bii MSc. Characterization of Fusarium species in maize (Zea mays) and determination of their mycotoxins in Eastern and Rift valley provinces of Kenya Dr. R. Gituru
Onkware M. Peter MSc. Characterization of Actinobacteria in the intestinal tracts and nests of soil feeding and fungus cultivating termites Dr. M. Makobe
Mwende W. Judy MSc. Field evaluation of seeds of somaclonal variants of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L) Moench) for salinity tolerance Dr. M. Makobe
Regina Ntabo MSc. Isolation and characterization of novel soil bacteria from around Juja in Thika District Prof. H. Boga
Ondara Gwaro MSc. Characterization of the mycorrhizal status of improved cassava (Manihot esculenta) Crantz cultivars in different fertilizer regimes in western Kenya Prof. H. Boga
Julius Kinuthia MSc. Assessment of the effects of DDT on soil microbial diversity and molecular characterization of microorganisms that biodegrade DDT Prof. H. Boga
Makonde M. Huxley MSc. Assessment of the effects of Cry 1Ab and Cry 1Ba delta-endotoxins on prokaryotic communities in various types of soils Prof. H. Boga
Davies O. Kimanga MSc. A study of factors Associated with HIV status disclosure among adult patients at Kilifi District Hospitals HIV’s clinic Prof. H. Boga
Saina Kiptoo MSc. Characterization of antibiotic resistance, plasmid profile and toxin genes of Shigella isolates causing sporadic bloody diarrhea in Kenya Prof. H. Boga
Julia Khayeli MSc. Extraction and characterization of antimicrobial compounds from Actinobacteria isolates obtained from termite guts and termite nests Prof. H. Boga
Serah Kahiu MSc. Extraction and characterization of bacteria isolates obtained from termite guts Prof. H. Boga
Mutuku Irene M. MSc. Molecular characterization and antimicrobial resistance of Enterococcal isolates from Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi Prof. H. Boga
Lily Simasi MSc. Isolation, characterization and identification of alkalithermophiles from soda lakes in the rift valley Prof. H. Boga
Sikhila Hul Wanami MSc. Isolation, characterization and identification of haloalkaliphilic microorganisms from selected Rift Valley Soda Lakes Prof. H. Boga
Isaiah Kiteto MSc. Assessment of the effects of Cry 1Ab and Cry 1Ba delta-endotoxins on fungi and mycorrhizal communities in soils Prof. H. Boga
Simon Ngare MSc. Characterization of nitrogen fixing bacteria isolates from Taita Taveta region Prof. H. Boga
Raymond Ngetich MSc. Biochemical and antimicrobial characterization of antibiotics from Streptomyces isolates obtained from National Parks in Kenya Prof. H. Boga
Edward Karanja MSc. Characterization of Enzymes from Actinobacteria isolated from National Parks in Kenya Prof. H. Boga
2008
Hunja Murage PhD. Ecological adaption and utilisation of Bamboo resource in Kenya Prof. C. Muthuri
David M Bugeme PhD. The potential of pathogenic fungi on the control of economical important spider mite species Tetranycus urticae Koch and Tetranycus evansi Baker and Pritchard Prof. H. Boga
Ibrahim Daud MSc. Determination of the level of Toll-like receptor (TLR) expression by the lower genital tract of adolescent young women infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Prof. H. Boga
Jacquiline Oyugi MSc. Antimicrobial investigation of antidiarrhoeal medicinal plants from Rachuonyo district against clinical and environmental enteric pathogens Prof. H. Boga
Hellen O. Ogot MSc. Isolation, and identification of pesticide degrading bacteria from soil and intestinal tracts of termites from around Juja, Thika District Prof. H. Boga Dr. N. Budambula
Shem Kuyah MSc. Comparative performance and water use of different eucalyptus clones Prof. C. Muthuri
Rachel W. Wambari MSc. A Study to investigate factors that contribute to non adherence to TB treatment among diagnosed patients attending Mbagathi District Hospital. Prof. J. Ochora
Chemtai Gertrude MSc. Community survey on use of insecticide treated nets (ITNS) in malaria prevention and control in Kericho Prof. J. Ochora
2007
Willie Sang PhD. Serotypes and virulence properties of shiga toxin Escherichia coli from diarrheal patients in Kajiado and Narok Districts of Kenya Prof. H. Boga
Festus Tolo PhD. The antiviral activities of some medicinal plants against human herpes simplex virus and cytomegalovirus. Prof. J. Ochora
Nonoh James MSc. Isolation and characterization of actinobacteria producing secondary metabolites with potential for control of Fusarium oxysporum, Fusarium Spp and Colletotrichum kahawae Prof. H. Boga
Wang Jin-Yuan MSc. Studies in the ecology of Genus Isoetes (Isoetaceae) Dr. R. Gituru
Otieno A. Nicholas MSc. Diversity and abundance of wild host plants (Poaceae, Cyperacea, Typhaceae) of lepidopteran stem borers in Kakamega forest and Muhaka station Prof. J Ochora
Dr. M. Makobe
2006
Liu Hong PhD. Studies in the developmental and reproductive biology of genus Isoetes Dr. R. Gituru
Oundo Joseph PhD. Characterization of human pathogenic Escherichia coli causing traveler’s diarrhea isolated from food handlers working in tourist hotels in three areas of Kenya Prof. H. Boga
Romano M. Kachiuru MSc. Isolation and characterization of enterobacteriaceae from well water in Juja town and its surroundings Dr. N. Budambula
Muchiri MSc. Enumeration and characterization of indigenous Rhizobia infecting velvet beans, Mucuna pruriens and the common bean Phaseolus vulgaris at Karibaribi in Thika District Prof. H. Boga
Adelaide Ndunge MSc. Vegetative propagation of bamboo for maximum production Prof. C. Muthuri
Zhen-Rong Dong MSc. Studies on the mating system and genetic diversity of Caldesia parnassifolia Dr. R. Gituru
2005
Lucy Mackenzie MSc. Bacterial diversity in the intestinal tract of fungus cultivating termites Macrotermes michaelseni Sjöstedt and Odontotermes somaliensis Sjöstedt Prof. H. Boga
Romano M Kachiuru MSc. Characterization of enterobacteriaceae isolated from wells in Juja, Thika District Prof. H. Boga
Orech A. Francis MSc. The ecobiodiversity and possible toxicity of traditional leafy vegetables of Nyang’oma Division, Western Kenya. Prof. J. Ochora
Odhiambo O. Peter MSc. Tissue culture, ethnobotanical studies, extraction and characterization of oil of Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum. (the yellow and orange varieties) of Kenya. Prof. J. Ochora
2004
Kamanda D.N. MSc. Isolation, characterization and identification of bacteria from the guts of fungus-cultivating termites (Macrotermes spp) capable of degrading some monoaromatic compounds Prof. H. Boga
Suleiman S. Mzee MSc. Increased multidrug resistance among enterobacteriaceae shed by persons living with HIV/AIDS Prof. H. Boga
Vitalis W. Wekesa MSc. Evaluation of pathogenic fungi Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae for the control of Tobacco spider mite, Tetranychus evansi Baker & Pritchard (Acarina: Tetranychidae) infesting tomatoes Prof. H. Boga
Dennis Wafula MSc. Investigation of the possible role of termites of different feeding guilds and their microsymbionts in nutrient cycling in soils Prof. H. Boga
Lelmen Elijah MSc. Effects of Bacillus thuringiensis delta-endotoxin on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) (L.) Moench) Prof. H. Boga
Zowai J. Simo MSc. In vitro effects of selected Kenyan medicinal plant extracts on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other human pathogens Prof. H. Boga
Jane O. Asiyo MSc. Optimizing the production of maize – Grevillea robusta alley cropping systems with the WaNuLCAS model and TABU search algorithm Prof. C. Muthuri
2003
Kimanga Nyerere MSc. Characterization of antibiotic resistance in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi isolates from recent outbreak in Kenya Prof. H. Boga
Kanya I. James MSc. Identification and quantification of vegetation in the proximity of maize fields in Trans-Nzoia District, Kenya. Prof. J. Ochora