DR GEORGE FREDRICK OPONDO OBIERO


POSITION
FACULTY: APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
SCHOOL: BIOLOGICAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
CURRENT DESIGNATION: Lecturer
OFFICE EMAIL: georgef.obiero@tukenya.ac.ke
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EDUCATION
Qualification Area of Specialization Institution Year
POST DOCTORATE CERTIFICATEINSECT NEUROBIOLOGYMAX PLANCK INSTITUTE, JENA UNIVERSITY (GERMANY)On-going
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD)BIOINFORMATICSUNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE (SOUTH AFRICA)2015
MASTERS OF SCIENCE (M.SC.)CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGYMASENO UNIVERSITY (KENYA)2011
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSC)AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND EXTENSIONEGERTON UNIVERSITY (KENYA)2001
DIPLOMAHUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENTKENYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (KENYA)2007
CERTIFICATEKENYA CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATIONAMBIRA HIGH SCHOOL (KENYA)1994
CERTIFICATEKENYA CERTIFICATE OF PRIMARY EDUCATIONSIHAY PRIMARY SCHOOL (KENYA)1990
WORK EXPERIENCE
Period Position Institution
JANUARY 2011 - MAY 2014ARPPIS PHD SCHOLARICIPE (KENYA)
JANUARY 2009 - MARCH 2010GRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARINTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ILRI) (KENYA)
2012 - 2016ADJUNCT LECTURERJKUAT (KENYA)
2002 - 2011GRADUATE SCIENCE TEACHER IHIGH SCHOOL (KENYA)
GENERAL STATEMENT ON RESEARCH AREA(S)
Insect Neurogenetics. Livelihood in Africa is dictated by insects, which destroy crops, vector tropical infectious and neglected diseases to both humans and animals, and are key pollinators and direct food sources. I am interested in studying the genes encoded in the DNA that dictates how the insect chemosensory and brain system work. This involves both wet lab molecular manipulations and bioinformatic analysis of both DNA and proteins.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Title Area
The structure and function of insect brainsNeurogenetics and biology of fine brain structure of Hymenoptera - the order of honey bees and wasps
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
- Daniel Masiga, George Obiero, Rosaline Macharia, Paul Mireji, Alan Christoffels (2014). Chemosensory receptors in tsetse flies provide link between chemical and behavioural ecology. Trends in Parasitology. DOI:10.1016/j.pt.2014.06.007. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S147149221400110X
- International Glossina Genome Initiative (IGGI) (2014). Genome Sequence of the Tsetse Fly (Glossina morsitans): Vector of African Trypanosomiasis. Science 344 (6282): 380-386. DOI:10.1126/science.1249656. George F. O. Obiero co-authored the chemosensory section of the article. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/collection/genetics
- Obiero GFO, Mireji PO, Nyanjom SRG, Christoffels A, Robertson HM, & Masiga DK (2014). Odorant and Gustatory Receptors in tsetse fly Glossina morsitans morsitans. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8:e2663. DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002663 http://www.plosntds.org
- Obiero G.F.O. (2015) (Thesis) Genome-wide annotation of chemosensory and glutamate-gated receptors, and related genes in Glossina morsitans morsitans tsetse fly. Unpublished Doctoral thesis, University of the Western Cape. http://www.uwc.ac.za
CURRENT POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISION
Name Project Title Period
Kennedy Kithinji Kinywa, BTech, TUK, KenyaComputational prediction of the 3-D structure of the Plasmodium falciparum membrane transport protein2015
Matilda Gikonyo, MSc., JKUAT, Kenya: Assessing molecular traits of Frankliniella thrips species in Kenya. Graduated2013-2014
Kevin Kamanyi, MSc., Egerton UniversityKenya Accessing Tsetse Genes For Vitamins And Co-enzymes. Graduated2012 - 2014
Millicent TOMTsetse fly neurotransmitter receptor genes2015 - on going
Caleb Kipkirui, BSc. Intern, KU, KenyaAnnotation And Analysis Of Glossina Male Accessory Gland Proteins (ACPs). graduated2012
COURSES TAUGHT
Course Name Brief Description Period
Internet Technology and Applications in BioinformaticsGenomic DNA and Proteins are studied using computer systems, which need to be link to various databases that host bioinformatic tools and molecular data. Students need to understand the underlying principles of internet as a research tool in biological sciences.2012 - 2016
Molecular ImmunologyIntroduces the molecular mechanisms of how immune cells generate the diverse antibodies, cytokines, and receptors. It also examines how autoimmune disorders arise.September 2015 - TO-DATE
Molecular BiologyIntroduces undergraduate students to the organization of DNA in various organisms; recombinant DNA technologies of manipulating DNA to produce various products, and gene expression mechanisms.September 2015 - TO-DATE
Introduction to BioinformaticsGives undergraduate students the link between molecular biology and computational biology. It gives a link from wet lab techniques of generating molecular data to use of computer systems to store, analyse and transfer to other computer systems. Covers databases and various analysis programsSeptember 2015 - TO-DATE

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