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After graduating from the University of Nairobi, with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1973, I joined the Ministry of Agriculture as a Research Officer responsible for dairy and beef cattle nutrition research. I was promoted to a Senior Research Officer in 1978 and in 1979; I proceeded to Cornell University for a PhD study in Animal Science. After returning to Kenya in 1983, I worked at the then National Animal Husbandry Research Station, Naivasha in charge of Dairy and Poultry research. In 1984 I joined the University of Nairobi as a lecturer in the Department of Animal Production. The following year I was promoted to a Senior lecturer and 7 years later (1992) I became an Associate Professor. Also in 1992 I was appointed the Chairman of the department, a position I held until 1998.

I teach both undergraduate and graduate students. The areas I cover involve basic animal nutrition (macro and micro nutrients), poultry nutrition and production, integrated production systems as well as biotechnology in animal nutrition My research has involved vitamin and mineral nutrition, feed enzymes, feed additives and poultry/dairy production systems.

 I have supervised a total of 24 students, 17of then at Msc level and the others at PhD level. I have been an external examiner in Sokoine University of Agriculture, Botswana College of Agriculture, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, (one PhD student) and University of British Columbia (one PhD student). I have published 36 papers in journals and 15 articles in proceedings. I have provided consultancies in technology transfer, feed industry and livestock production systems and climate change adaptation.

 I am married to Anne Waithera and have one son, Mbugua, two daughters, Mugure and Wanjiku. I  have a grandson, Alex.





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