Prof. Richard O. Oduor, Ph.D

Registrar Research Innovation and Product Development –Kenyatta University, Chairman – Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium

Richard has extensive experience in the field of Biotechnology. His active research focuses on using modern biotechnologies including genetic engineering to confer innate tolerance to local staple food crops against diseases, drought, aflatoxin and Striga. He holds a patent on a stress-inducible promoter with the World Intellectual Property Organization and Chairs the Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium; a professional body that brings together experts in Biotechnology from public and private universities to promote safe use and application of modern biotechnology in Kenya. Richard has served in several Boards. Currently, he sits in the Board of The Global Biotechnology Transfer Foundation based in the UK. He is also a Board member of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and chairs the Finance and Administration Committee of the Board. In 2017, he was among the 52 African Scientists celebrated by the South African Department of Science and Technology for their outstanding contributions in advancing research in the continent.  Richard has won several research grants, supervised several graduate students and published widely in the discipline. Apart from being an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Richard previously served as the Director, Research Support and Dissemination before his current service as the Acting Registrar, Research Innovation and Product Development at Kenyatta University. Richard holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of Cape Town, an MSc (Biotechnology) and BSc (Biochemistry) both from Kenyatta University, Kenya. In addition, Richard has a postdoctoral training, in drug discovery from Pfizer, UK. He also holds an Executive MSc in Management and Organizational Development from United States International University, Africa, a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Sciences from Blackford Institute, UK and a Certificate in Science communication from the University of Cape Town. He has served as an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the University of Leicester.