Plant Breeding Unit
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Plant Breeding Unit deals with teaching, research and outreach in Plant genetics, breeding and biotechnology. It hosts M.Sc    in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology and PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding. The Unit has developed and/or registered varieties of dry beans, snap beans, pigeon pea, sorghum and onions. Some of the research programmes include breeding for resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in dry bean, snap bean, maize, sorghum and wheat, nutritional quality breeding in dry bean, snap bean and maize and genetic diversity of Jathropha.

Prof. P. M. Kimani

Prof. P. M. Kimani received both an M. Sc. in Agronomy and PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a record three and half years in July 1983. He has extensive research and teaching experience in genetics and plant breeding, agronomy, seed science and technology which he has taught to both undergraduate and graduate students in the last 29 years. His major interests include teaching, variety development, agronomy of both field and horticultural crops and technology transfer among smallholder farmers. Prof. Kimani has worked for several years with smallholders in most of the high, medium potential and arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya in developing, testing of new varieties on-farm and development of informal seed dissemination channels and farmer

Prof. Eliud Ngugi He is a plant breeder who has broad experience in this field, he obtained his training from the following Institution. University of Cambridge 1988-1991 PhD Plant breeding & Genetics
University of Cambridge: 1986-1988 MPHIL Plant breeding & Genetics, University of Nairobi: 1982-1984 Msc Plant breeding and Genetics, University of Nairobi: 1976-1980 B.Sc.
he is also a member of  Kenya Plant Breeding Society.
Dr. Wamalwa  
Mr. Angwenyi Maobe holds Bachelor Biotechnology from, Higher Diploma in Applied Biology from Technical University of Kenya and  Diploma in Applied Biology from Technical University of Mombasa. He has worked with environmental and agricultural consultancy and research firms  before joining University of Nairobi they include AgriQ international formerly Quest Technical and Agricultural Consultancy Services and International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe).
Sicily Muchira is a  Senior Technologist, in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Biotechnology from the Kenya Polytechnic (now Technical University of Kenya). She has attended several courses on Plant Tissue Culuture and DNA extraction and is highly skilled in these areas. Her duties include preparation of Biotechnology practicals for students, assisting students in their research projects and maintenance of Tissue culture/molecular laboratories. She also participates in plant disease diagnostics advisory work and crop improvement projects in the department.

Mr. Shivachi Alexander 

Shivachi is a technologist with a  diploma in technology in biochemistry , he has broad experience fron UoN Biochemistry department,CEBIB among others. He hands on experience in  Molecular and Tissue Culture techniques.