Dr. Lillian Wambua

Dr. Lillian Wambua is a molecular biologist at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is involved in research and building the capacity of Africa’s next cadre of researchers. Her overall research interest is to contribute to food security for Africa’s vulnerable populations through healthy, productive and resilient livestock resources. Her current research focus is the livestock-wildlife interface which is a hotspot for disease transmission and evolution.



Wambua, L, Bernd Schneider, Allan Okwaro, Joseph Odhiambo Wanga, Olive Imali, Peninah Nduku Wambua, Lavender Agutu, Cassandra Olds, Chris Stephen Jones.  2017.  Development of field-applicable tests for rapid and sensitive detection of Candidatus Phytoplasma oryzae. Molecular and cellular probes. 35:44-56.


Anne Fischer, Ivette Santana-Cruz, Wambua L, Cassandra Olds, Charles Midega, Matthew Dickinson, Praphat Kawicha, Zeyaur Khan, Masiga D, Joerg Jores, Bernd Schneider.  2016.  Draft genome sequence of “Candidatus Phytoplasma oryzae” strain Mbita1, the causative agent of Napier grass stunt disease in Kenya. Genome announcements. 4(2):e00297-16.
Wambua, L, Peninah Nduku Wambua, Allan Maurice Ramogo, Domnic Mijele, Moses Yongo Otiende.  2016.  Wildebeest-associated malignant catarrhal fever: perspectives for integrated control of a lymphoproliferative disease of cattle in sub-Saharan Africa. Archives of virology. 161(1):1-10.


Wambua, L, Villinger J, Moses Yongo Otiende, Maamun Jeneby, Morris Kilewo, David Schindel, Scott M.  2015.  End of the road for illegal bushmeat trade in East Africa: Transboundary surveillance by high resolution melting analysis of vertebrate molecular barcodes.
Wambua, L, Bernd Schneider, Fischer-Jores A.  2015.  Saving livestock fodder in East Africa: development of a rapid penside diagnostic assay for detection of napier grass stunt phytoplasma. Phytopathogenic Mollicutes. 5(1s):S23-S24.


Wambua, L, Agaba M, Valentini A, Kemp SJ.  2011.  Macrophage activation by Trypanosoma congolense variant surface glycoprotein, 10 March. International Society for Computational Biologists conference. , South Africaiscb_abstract-2011.pdf
Wambua, L, Agaba M, Kemp SJ, Valentini A.  2011.  Acute-phase Trypanosomiasis: Role of parasite surface glycoprotein and DNA in immune response dysregulation, 3 March. European Science Foundation Conference on Cutting edge Immunology. , Netherlandsabstract_esf-jsps.pdf


Wambua, L, Westhead DR, McConkey GA.  2009.  Discovery of novel drug targets against pathogenic protozoa: The promise of metabolic reconstruction. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 9(3):375-376.


Pinney, JW, Papp B, Hyland C, Wambua L, Westhead DR, McConkey GA.  2007.  Metabolic reconstruction and analysis of parasite genomes. Trends in Parasitology. 23(11):548-554.pinney_trendsparasitology2007.pdf


McConkey, GA, Pinney JW, Gaskell EA, Wambua L, Hyland C, Shirley MW, Westhead DR.  2006.  Predicting parasite metabolic networks: A fisherman's nightmare? 11th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XI). , Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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