Dr. Damaris Achieng Odeny

Country of current residence

South Africa

Current position

Global Theme Leader

Current institute employer

ESA Biotechnology at International Crop Research Institute for Semiarid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Since

2014

Website current institute
Previous positions

2006 - 2009 Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany

2009 - 2010 Senior Researcher (Plant Breeding), ARC-Vegetable and Ornamental Plants Institute, Pretoria, RSA

2010 - 2014 Agricultural Research Council - Biotechnology Platform, Pretoria, RSA

Awards

South Africa's NRF-rated scientist Gender and Diversity, AWARD fellowship

DAAD PhD Research Award Biogemma/University of Nottingham

MSc Plant Genetic Manipulation Prize The World Bank Graduate Fellowship Award

Professional memberships

Plant Breeders Association of Kenya, International Society for Horticultural Science, Association of Applied Biologists, South African Plant Breeders' Association

Skills

Plant genetic engineering, Tissue culture, Marker-assisted breeding, Molecular diversity analysis, In vitro storage techniques, Computational genomics, Population genetics

Profession

Molecular Biologist

Specialisation

Applied Plant Genomics

Degrees / expertise

PhD Plant Molecular Biology (University of Bonn)

MSc. Plant Genetic Manipulation (University of Nottingham, UK)

BSc. Agriculture (University of Nairobi, Kenya),

Professional experience

1. Potato functional genomics

2. Molecular and conventional Breeding of pigeonpeal [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh]

3. In vitro regeneration and storage of East African Banana (Musa spp.).

2. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Nicotiana spp. and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).

2010

Odeny D.A..  2010.  Strategies for enhancing biotechnology innovations for crop improvement in Kenya.  Aspects of Applied Biology , 96   : 247-250   . Download [PDF | 159.07KB]
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Odeny, D.A., B. Stich and C. Gebhardt.  2010.  Physical organization of mixed protease inhibitor gene clusters, coordinated expression and association with resistance to late blight at the StKI locus on potato chromosome III.  Plant, Cell and Environment, 33   : 2149-2161   . Further Information

2009

Hein I., P.R. Birch, S. Danan, V. Lefebvre, D.A. Odeny, C. Gebhardt, F. Trognitz and G.J. Bryan.  2009.  Progress in mapping qualitative and quantitative resistance against Phytophthora infestans in potato and its wild relatives.  Potato Research, 52   : 215-227   . Further Information
Odeny, D.A, B. Jayashree, C. Gebhardt and J. Crouch.  2009.  New microsatellite markers for pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.).  BMC Research Notes, 2: 35   . Further Information
Odeny, D.A. and C. Gebhardt.  2009.  Towards molecular breeding of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.): A case for increased production in Africa.  Acta Horticulturae 806 , 1   : 151-154   .
Odeny, D.A., S M. Githiri and P.M. Kimani.  2009.  Inheritance of resistance to Fusarium wilt in pigeonpea {Cajanus Cajan (L.) Millsp.}.  Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences , 2   : 89-95   .

2007

Odeny D.A..  2007.  The potential of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) in Africa.  Natural Resources Forum, 31   : 297-305   . Download [PDF | 219.51KB]
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Further Information
Odeny, D.A., B. Jayashree, M. Ferguson, D. Hoisington, J. Crouch and C. Gebhardt.  2007.  Development, characterisation and utilisation of microsatellite markers in pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.].  Plant Breeding, 126   : 130-137   .

2006

Odeny, D.  2006.  Microsatellite development and application in pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.).  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Math. & Nat. Science, University of Bonn.  Further Information

2000

Odeny, D.A.  2000.  Inheritance of resistance to Fusarium wilt in pigeonpea.  In: Status and potential of pigeonpea in Eastern and Southern Africa: Proceedings of a regional workshop, 12 – 15 Sept. 2000, Nairobi, Kenya (Silim SN, Mergeai G, Kimani PM eds.)

Additionals, Curriculum Vitae
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Research themes
  • Land use and food security
Research countries
  • India
Working groups

ZEFc

Professional experience
1. Potato functional genomics 2. Molecular and conventional Breeding of pigeonpeal [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh] 3. In vitro regeneration and storage of East African Banana (Musa spp.). 2. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Nicotiana spp. and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).
Degrees

PhD Plant Molecular Biology (University of Bonn)

MSc. Plant Genetic Manipulation (University of Nottingham, UK)

BSc. Agriculture (University of Nairobi, Kenya),

Funding institutions

DAAD, ICRISAT

Research partners

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT),

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIZ)

Doctoral research funded by

BMZ via DAAD & ICRISAT

Cooperation partners

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT),

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIZ)

Former Junior Researcher

Former Department :
ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management