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Prof.Anne Wangari Thairu Muigai

Prof Anne Muigai is a molecular population geneticist with over 17 years’ experience in the field of Genetics and Biotechnology.  She holds a doctorate degree in Biochemistry from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya and a Master of Science in Genetics and Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University Kenya.

 

She joined JKUAT in 1992 as a teaching assistant and has risen from this position to that of a Professor of Genetics in the Department of Botany.  She has held several academic and administrative positions within JKUAT.

 

She was the first Chairperson of the Department of Botany (1994 -1998) and was instrumental in recruitment and training of staff.  She was the Director of the Institute for Biotechnology Research at JKUAT between May 2005 and March 2008. She served as a member of the JKUAT Senate twice (1995-1998 and 2005-2008).  She has also served as the JKUAT Senate Representative to the JKUAT University Council between the years 1996 and 1998.

 

Currently she is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology and is the Coordinator of the postgraduate programmes in the Department of Botany.  She has also served a Visiting Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya where she was the coordinator of a research project on the characterization of indigenous sheep genetic resources of Kenya.

 

She has been a collaborator with ILRI and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) between 2014-2015 in a project that is assisting rural communities in Western Kenya mitigate the effects of the climate using sheep and goats.  In 2015 she was appointed as a member of the Animal Genetic Resources Taxonomy Advisory Group for Africa, a group of experts on the characterization, use, inventory and monitoring of the indigenous animal genetic resources in Africa.

 

She is a Director in the Board of the Kenya Plant Health and Inspection Services (KEPHIS) and a Commissioner with the Commission for University Education (CUE) which are State Corporations in the Republic of Kenya dealing with the regulation of agriculture and education respectively.