Prof. Siamba Donald Namasaka

Name: Prof. Siamba Donald Namasaka

Contact details:



Academic Qualification

Institution [ Date from – to ]Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:
Moi University , Kenya, 2005-2008Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (Parasitology)
Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany- 1997Post graduate certificate in Animal Health Management
University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1991 – 1994Master of Science in Veterinary. Pathology & Microbiology
University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1984 – 1988Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM)

Field of Specialization

  • Molecular Epidemiology of Parasites and biotechnology

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS)
  • Registered Veterinary Surgeon with Kenya Veterinary Board
  • Member of Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA)
  • Member of Animal production Society of Kenya (APSK)
  • Member No 1001600 to American Association for Science and Technology (AASCIT)

Work Experience

Date from toInstitution, Location (City, Country)Person Responsible ToPositionResponsibilities/Duties
21st September
2018 to date
Commission for
University Education
Commission Secretary/ CEOPeer ReviewerPeer review of Academic programmes and institutional facilities that support the programmes
October 2017 to dateKibabii UniversityDVC (ASA)Director TVET
  • Coordinating the review, development and accreditation of KIBU TVET programmes
  • Establishment and fostering of linkages and collaborations
November 2016 to dateKibabii UniversityCOD
Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
Associate Professor
of Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Teaching and Mentoring of students
  • Conceptualising and implementation of research and innovations
2001 – 2005Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) now KALROCentre Director, KARI NaivashaDeputy Centre Director, KARI Naivasha
  • Principal assistant of the Centre Director in administrative matters such as workplans and budget formulation, implementation and reporting
  • In charge of Research and Laboratory Services

Professional Research Interest

  • Applied microbiology and biotechnology,
  • Molecular Epidemiology of parasites,
  • Epidemiology and control of livestock diseases,
  • Emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases,
  • Waste management, ecosystem health and animal production

Research Experience and Funds Attracted

YearPosition in ProjectResponsibilities/DutiesResearch/Project TitleAmount (?, €, $, KES)
2017Associate ResearcherUpscaling, multiplication and field verification of mastitis kits in alternative dairy animals (Goats and Camels in ASALs)Grant No EAAPP/2017/AH/01: Development of a pH based pen-side test for mastitis control and improvement of milk quality. Phase TWO: Upscaling in Goats and Camels in arid and semi-arid Kenya10,000,000
2011Associate ResearcherExperimental design to investigate Food/Feed safety issues focusing on heavy metals, microbiology and aflatoxins, data analysis and reporting, student supervisionGrant No REF: EAAPP/RDCoE/RP/04/2011: Enhancing appropriate policies and safety standards of feeds and milk for improved livelihoods in the ECA countries70,000.000
2010Associate ResearcherDevelopment and testing of prototype mastitis kit and reportingGrant No EAAPP/2010/AH/01: Development of a pH based pen-side test for mastitis control and improvement of milk quality6,000,000
2010Principal ResearcherProject design, implementation and reporting, student supervisionGrant No NCST/5/003/CALL2/48. Isolation, characterization and evaluation of endophytes from selected medicinal plants for anthelmintic metabolites1,500,000


YearPosition in Consultancy TeamResponsibilities/DutiesConsultancy/Project TitleAmount (?, €, $, KES)
2014-2015Co-ConsultantResearch in feeds and feedingCharacterization of the Livestock Production systems and potential for enhancing Dairy Productivity through improved Feeding in the Sub Humid Western Kenya (ILRI-Research programme on integrated systems for the humid tropics)9,000,000
2013 and 2014ConsultantSurgeonFistulation of experimental animals2,000,000
2014MemberCoordinator Mt Elgon Ecosystem surveyBungoma County Government Task Force on Developing Community Based Conservation and Management Plan for Chetambe and Mt. Elgon Ecosystem in Bungoma County2,000,000

Selected Publications 2015-2018: Books and Book Chapters


Selected Publications 2015-2018: Scientific Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  1. Ndirangu P N, Mungube E O, Maichomo M W, Nyongesa P K, Wamae D, On’gala J O, Gicheru N W, Keya G, Wesonga H O and Siamba D 2019: A novel pH-based pen-side test for detection of sub-clinical mastitis: validation in cattle and camels, Kenya. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 31, Article #7. Retrieved January 17, 2019, from
  2. Maritim N, Ngeiywa M, Siamba D, Mining S, Wesonga H. 2018. Influence of worm infection on immunopathological effect of Mycoplasma capricolum capripneumoniae pathogen in goats. Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 6(6): 234-241. DOI
  3. Maritim Kipkoech Noah, Ngeiywa Moses Mwajar, Siamba Donald Namasaka, Mining Simeon Kipkoech, Wesonga Hezron Okwaka. 2018. Nematode Infection Depresses Humoral Immune Responses of Goats to Mycoplasma capricolum subsp. capripneumoniae Vaccine Antigens. Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 6(2): 57-61
  4. Sandra Khatiebi, Donald Siamba, Zedekiah Onyando, Chrispinus Mulmbala and Martha Konje.2018. Heavy metal contamination at dumpsites at Eldoret, Kenya, in the Lake Victoria Basin. African Journal of Tropical Hydrobiology and Fisheries 16: 93-97
  5. Sarah Kindiki, Mario Kollenberg, Donald Siamba, Anthony Sifuna and Clabe Wekesa 2018. Analysis of Fecal Coliform Levels at Watering Points along the Upper Reaches of River Isiukhu in Kakamega County, Kenya. Journal of Advances in Microbiology. 10(1): 1-7, 2018; Article no.JAMB.39522 ISSN: 2456-7116
  6. Ndirangu P. N, D Siamba, H O Wesonga, E O Mungube, M W Maichomo, J M Mugambi. 2017. Prevalence of bovine mastitis and multi-antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species in a research centre farm at Naivasha, Kenya. Bull. Anim. Hlth. Prod. Afr., 65, 289-301. ISSN 0378 – 9721 ISSN 0378 – 9721
  7. Ibrahim O. Barasa and Donald N. Siamba 2017. Potential Environmental Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion of Sewage for Energy Production in Secondary Schools of Kakamega County, Kenya. International Journal of Current Research Vol. 9, Issue, 05, Pp.51547-51550,
  8. Ibrahim O. Barasa and Donald N. Siamba. 2017. Potential Environmental Impact of Chemical and Microbial Characteristics of the Sewage Generated in Kakamega County, Kenya. Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International 8(4): 1-8
  9. Nabiswa Patrick Koyi, Prof. Jacob W. Wakhungu, Dr. Donald N. Siamba, Dr. Kadian Wanyonyi Wanyama. 2016. Key Value Chain Actors in the Dairy Sector In Bungoma County, Kenya. Journal of International Academic Research For Multidisciplinary. Vol. 4, Issue 7, 2320-5083
  10. David Gikungu, Jacob Wakhungu, Donald Siamba, Edward Neyole, Richard Muita and Benard Bett. 2016. Dynamic risk model for Rift Valley fever outbreaks based on climate and the disease outbreak data in Kenya. Geospatial Health Vol. 11, No. 377 pp 95-103
  11. Joseph Mutitu Ndegwa, Patricia Norrish, Derek Shepherd, Catherine Kimani, Anne Wachira, Donald Siamba, Roger Mead 2015. Evaluating Characteristics of Indigenous Chicken System with Flock Size Trends in a Participatory Research on Improved Management Practices in Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2 pp 97-113. ISSN 2166-0379
  12. Joseph Mutitu Ndegwa, Roger Mead, Patricia Norrish, Derek Shepherd, Catherine Kimani, Anne Wachira, Donald Siamba. 2015. Evaluating interventions uptake in indigenous chicken production in a participatory research with smallholder farmers in Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2 pp 145-165. ISSN 2166-0379