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Juliah Akhwale

Country of origin: Kenya Currently in: Kenya, Nairobi General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Early Career Fellowship
Academic Background

Degrees

2015 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
2011 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
2006 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

Use of bacteriophages as biocontrol agents against nuisance and pathogenic bacteria (phage therapy)


Publications resulting from Research: 


i) Ngetha E, Akhwale JK, Mwirichia R (2019). Phylogenetic and morphological diversity of culturable cyanobacteria from Lake Magadi in Kenya. African Journal of Biological Sciences. 01: 24. doi.org/10.33472/AFJBS.1.4.2019.24-31

ii) Akhwale JK, Rohde M, Rohde C, Boyke B, Spröer C, Klenk H-P, Boga HI, Wittmann J (2019). Isolation, Characterization and analysis of Bacteriophages from the Haloalkaline Lake Elmenteita, Kenya. PLoS One. 2019;14(4):1–19. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215734

iii) Akhwale JK, Rohde M, Rohde C, Boyke B, Spröer C, Klenk H-P, Boga HI, Wittmann J. (2019). Comparative genomic analysis of eight novel haloalkaliphilic bacteriophages from Lake Elmenteita, Kenya. PLoS One 14(2): doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212102

iv) Akhwale JK, Göker M, Rohde M, Spröer C, Schumann P, Boga HI, Klenk H-P (2016) Nocardiopsis mwathae sp. Nov., isolated from the haloalkaline lake Elmenteita, in the African Rift Valley. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek Journal,09(3):421-430.doi:10.1007/s10482-016-0647-z.

v) Akhwale JK, Göker M, Rohde M, Spröer C, Schumann P, Klenk H-P, Boga HI (2015). Streptomyces alkaliphilus sp. nov., isolated from sediments of lake Elmenteita in the Kenyan Rift Valley. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek Journal, 107(5):1249-1259. doi:10.1007/s10482-015-0418-2.

vi) Akhwale JK, Göker M, Rohde M, Schumann P, Klenk H-P, Boga HI (2015). Belliella kenyensis sp. nov., isolated from the haloalkaline lake Elmenteita in the African Rift Valley. International Journal of Systematics and Evolutionary Microbiology, 65(2): 457-462. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.066951-0.



Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Research
Teaching
Designation: Lecturer/Researcher Units teaching: Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Applied Biology, Genomic Science Research areas: Microbiology, Phage biocontrol, phage therapy

Workshop and Conference Attended

24 June – 7th July, 2018 Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya. Phages for Global Health, 2nd East Africa Phage Laboratory Training Workshop
7-11 March, 2016 . March-May, 2016 Intermediate E-learning Section 3-7 October, 2016 Karatina University, Kenya and Ruiru Resort, Kenya. DAAD DIES ProGRANT Training on writing research proposals for grants
7-18 September, 2015 BeCa-ILRI Hub, Nairobi Kenya Advanced genomics and bioinformatics training
April-September 2012 Goethe Institute-Nairobi, Kenya (3 months) and InterDaf-Leipzig, Germany (3 months) German Language Course

Affiliations

International Society of Viruses of Microbes
American Society of Microbiology
Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Aug 2020
Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), 2020 OWSD Early Career Fellowship
Biocontrol of soft rot causing pectinolytic strains of Erwinia and Pseudomonas bacteria on fruits and vegetables using bacteriophages, to mitigate post-harvest losses for food security.
Mar 2020
International Foundation for Science (IFS), Individual Research Grant
Evaluation of bacteriophages for biocontrol of tomato bacterial wilt disease
Dec 2017
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) TWAS Research Grant in Basic Sciences (Individuals)
Evaluation of bacteriophages for biocontrol of tomato bacterial wilt disease
Jul 2017
National Research Fund (NRF) Kenya Multidisciplinary (collaboration) Research Grant
Bioprospecting for bioactive metabolites and biological control agents from soil and aquatic habitats in Kenya.
Dec 2013
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Doctoral (PhD) research in Germany
Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship awarded

Early Career Fellowship awarded 2020

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