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PhD, Chemistry - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, 2015
MS, Analytical Chemistry - University of New Hampshire, USA, 2007
Bachelor of Education (Chemistry & Statistics) - Kenyatta University, Kenya, 2002
- 2015 - present: Instructor, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
- 2014 - 2015: Lecturer, Forensic/Analytical Science, Master Program, Swinburne University of Technology.
- 2011 - 2015: Lab Demonstrator; Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry, Instrumental & Environmental Analysis & Advanced Instrumental Analysis, RMIT University, Australia.
- 2007 - 2010: Certified Adjunct faculty, Chemistry & Physics, New Hampshire Technical Institute, USA.
- 2007 - 2010 Full time teacher; Math & Chemistry (NH certified), Merrimack Valley High School, USA.
- 2003 - 2007: Teaching assistant; Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, USA - Won Best Teaching Assistant Recognition for the 2006/2007 academic year
Grant Funded Industrial Research Projects (under Intellectual Property)
- 2012 - 2015: Polymers for water and food security: fundamental studies and polymer processing; funded by BASF, Germany and CRC Polymers, Australia (project period 2012 -2017), currently under filed trials in several sites across Australia
- 2012 - 2014: Single Injection Vaccine delivery systems; funded by CRC Polymer-Australia and Virbac
- 2010 - 2011: Polymer functional architecture at the biointerface to control soil-water-nutrient behavior during plant growth; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia
Research Interests and Experience
Preparation of scaffolds for tissue engineering
Enzymatic degradation of biopolymers for bio-medical applications
Monitoring, extraction and removal of pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from environmental systems using surfactants and ecofriendly adsorbents.
Studies of the structure & biosynthesis of glycosphingolipids (GSLs) of the pathogenic model fungus, Cryptococcus neoformans
- Studies of the functions of GSLs in Neurosora crassa using inhibitors of GSL biosynthesis, with a view of providing a correlation of biological effects with changes in GSL expression (glycosphingolipidomics). A collaborative study done together with the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics (CMPG), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 20, B- 3001 Heverlee-Leuven, Belgium
Impact of particle nanotopology on water transport through hydrophobic soils. Journal of Colloid & Interface Science August 2015, p. 61-70
- β-1, 2-Xylosyltransferase Cxt1p Is Solely Responsible for Xylose Incorporation into Cryptococcus neoformans Glycosphingolipids. Eukaryotic Cell, September 2008, p.1611-1615, Vol. 7, No. 9
Hydrotropic biopolymer surfactants in non-wetting agricultural soils. CRC for Polymers Annual General Meeting, Melbourne Australia, November 2013
- Analysis of Glycoinositol Phosporylceremide Expression in Cryptococcus neoformans Xylose Pathway Knockout Strains Glycobiology conference. Boston, November 15, 2007