Prof. Z. Ngalo Otieno-Ayayo is the Acting Coordinator, Rongo Town Learning Centre of Rongo University in Kenya. He is currently the Treasurer of the African Association of Insect Scientists (AAIS) with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Otieno-Ayayo holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel. His research interests are in “Emerging Alternative Systems for Insect Pests and Disease Vectors Control” with special attention to recombinant Bacillus thuringiensis var israelensis (Bti) entomocidal proteins. He has had an opportunity to participate in the German Mosquito Control Association’s aerial- and hand-, spraying of Bti in the swamps of Waldsee (Germany) and in the meadows of Wroslaw (Poland) respectively. He also belonged to a research team that worked on integrated malaria control with special emphasis on “Malaria Diagnosis Using Plasma and Combinations of Chemical Reactions” sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is currently interested in “Sericulture for Cottage Industry Development in Rural Kenya” in a collaboration with Wuhan Textile University, China.
Prof. Otieno-Ayayo previously worked at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in various capacities between 1985 and 2000 before moving to Solusi University in Zimbabwe for 5 years (2000-2005) and University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB) from 2008 to 2014. He was an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Research Fellow at BGU in 1989-90, where he worked on radioisotopes for studying the interactions of Bti toxin proteins and fate of the ẟ-endotoxin in the mosquito gut.
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