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James W. Muthomi is a Professor of  Plant Pathology in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has 25 years research and teaching experience at the University of Nairobi.  Before taking up the teaching job at the University, Prof. Muthomi was a resident Plant Pathologist and assistant Manager at Kibwezi Irrigation Project (1993-1995) and a District Crop Protection Officer, Kitui District, with the Ministry of Agriculture (1993).

Prof. Muthomi received his professional training for BSc (1987-1990) and MSc (1990-1993) at the University of Nairobi. He later went for PhD studies under sponsorship of DAAD sandwich programme at the University of Bonn, Germany (1997-2001) and graduated at the University of Nairobi in October 2001. He has had other short term professional training which include: Basic German language (Goethe Institute, Bremen, Germany, June-September 1997);  Proposal Writing for International Research Projects (DAAD, Nairobi, 2005 and 2006); Application of Phytosanitary Measures (Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence-COPE, Nairobi); Advanced Course on the Quality and Safety of Horticultural Crops (Nanjing Agricultural University, China, September 2006); Seed Quality Assurance (Iowa State University, USA, April/ May 2010); Curriculum Development, Professionalism and Ethics in Agricultural Sciences, Sanitary/ Phytosanitary Systems and Mycotoxins in Foods (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, August-December 2012), Australia Awards Fellowship (University of Sydney, Australia, April-May 2015).

Currently, Prof. Muthomi represents the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences in the Graduate School Board and is a member of the Graduate School Corruption Prevention Committee. He has been the head of Crop Protection Section in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection since 2009 and Chairman of the Faculty of Agriculture Postgraduate Studies Committee since 2013. He has also been the coordinator of Open and Distance Learning for MSc Crop Protection since 2010 and championed the implementation of the first Postgraduate training programme by Open and Distance Learning in the Faculty of Agriculture. Other key leadership assignments in the Faculty include Chairing Faculty PhD curriculum development committee, chairman Timetabling Committee and Head of Plant Pathology Unit. He teaches Microbiology, Plant pathology, Plant Disease Epidemiology and Seed Health, Bacteriology, Mycology and Phytosanitary Measures to undergraduates and postgraduates. He also coordinated the development and review of postgraduate curricula, including six academic curricula in Phytosanitary Measures and Seed Technology and Business management. His research interests include management of mycotoxins in cereals, legume diseases and plant disease management. In terms of leadership in postgraduate training, he has been a coordinator of the AGRA-funded regional training programme "Capacity building in crop improvement and agronomy for improved food and nutritional security" that has trained 24 MSc students from D.R. Congo, South Sudan, Tanzania and Kenya. Further, he has attracted research funding and successfully managed 21 research projects in the field of crop protection and plant disease management. Results of the research activities are found in 107 publications in international peer reviewed scientific journals and in over 85 papers in conference proceedings. He has supervised 65 Masters and 8 Ph.D students to completion. He has reviewed research publications for various international journals and conferences.

Outside the University of Nairobi, Prof. Muthomi has been an external examiner for Moi University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and Mount Kenya University. In addition, he has externally examined over 18 MSc and PhD theses for Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University, University of Eldoret and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has been a lead facilitator for development of curriculum for short in-service phytosanitary systems training course (KEPHIS), development of model curricula for Agricultural Value Chain for universities and colleges (GIZ/ PSDA) and Scientific Writing Training.

He is a full member of the University of Nairobi Alumni Association (UONAA), member of the Horticultural Association of Kenya (HAK) and a member of the Kenya DAAD scholars Association.

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