Prof. Sheila A. Okoth


Prof Sheila Okoth is professor at the University of Nairobi. Prof. Okoth holds PhD and MSc degrees in mycology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has obtained specialist laboratory training in plant biotechnology and biosafety, mycotoxin analysis and molecular techniques at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, University of Hertfordshire, UK, the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR), Italy, and the International Agricultural Centre, Netherlands.

She has over 80 publications in refereed journals, published two books, book chapters, two volumes of International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Agro-ecosystems and mentored over 32 Postgraduate students to completion of degree. Okoth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, UK; Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Science; Fellow of African Women inAgricultural Research and Development.

She is the President of the African Society of Mycotoxicology, member of Biosafety Appeals Board of Kenya and member of Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa secretariat of Kenya (Ministry of Health). At the University of Nairobi, Okoth is the Director of Mycotoxins Laboratory and member of Board of African Women Study Centre. Her research interests are in food safety and fungi as biocontrol and biofertilizers.