Dr. Martha W. Kiarie is an experienced, focused, self driven and goal oriented academician with a teaching career that span of over 22 years. She taught as a graduate teacher before joining the Kenya Science Teachers College where she worked for 6 years as a trainer for science teachers in Biology and Chemistry. She has 14 years of teaching, mentoring, research and administration experience at university level in Kenya and three years at Kosin University, South Korea.
Dr. Kiarie’s research interest includes those in biological aspects of malaria control through mosquito vector and plasmodium parasite control and mapping. She also has interest in pest control in the areas of crop pests that affect food production and security. Research in the area of developing botanical repellents is of great interested as indicated by the topic chosen for PhD thesis.
Dr. Kiarie’s research output has been published in reputable peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences in Kenya, South Korea and Japan.
Dr. Kiarie interest in mosquito and malaria control research include areas such as the current perceived development of resistance by mosquitoes towards insecticides used in the treatment of bed nets that have for several years worked to keep malaria at bay in many African countries..
- 2010: PhD in Environmental Science from the School of Human and Environmental Health of Kosin University, Busan, South Korea.
- Doctor of philosophy in Environmental Science with specialization on medicinal properties of plant materials and repellency efficacy of local plant material and comparing that with convectional repellents and larvicides for effectiveness in terms of cost, availability, environmental concern and human health effects.
Thesis Title: Dynamics of larval Control, Personal Protection and manipulations of physical parameter of temperature against vector mosquitoes; Culex pipiens complex and Ochlerotatus togoi (Diptera: Culicidae)
- 1992 M.Sc.:- Master of Science in Zoology with specialization in pest ecology with special interest in biological control of pests of agricultural crops.
Thesis Title: Factors that influence food palatability, choice, reproduction and swarming in the African Desert Locust, Schistocerca gregaria Forskal.
- 1998 B.Ed. (Science):- Bachelor of Education, Science in Education, Botany and Zoology, Second Class Honors (Upper Division) from Kenya University, Nairobi, Kenya.
- To train students in the fields biological, biomedical and environmental sciences to the highest levels of qualifications to enable them to fully participate in cutting edge research locally and internationally with the aim of coming up with solutions to human problems in the areas of health, disease control, quality food production, sustainable development and environmental conservation.
- To participate locally and internationally in research in the area of malaria parasite control and eradication of mosquito, the malaria parasite vector. To carry out community-based health research to uplift the lives of people living in urban and rural Kenya.
- To develop and grow science majors at Daystar in line with the Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development goals. Work to develop solutions to human health, environmental quality, quality food production and sustainable development for poverty eradication in Kenya.
- Publish in peer reviewed journals for dissemination of research findings and for development of knowledge base in Environmental Health.
Area of Specialization and Interest
- Environmental health with emphasis on insects with human and environmental impacts like mosquitoes and sand flies. Of particular interest is the ecology, seasonal distribution and activities of mosquitoes involved in the transmission of diseases to humans and animals.
- The biology and genetics of the malaria parasite; Plasmodium spp is of great interest especially looking at how global climate change could influence the dynamics of malaria and its mosquito vector in East and Central Africa.
- Study to establish how environmental modification could influence disease transmission, occurrence and incidences.
- Characterization and epidemiological studies of parasites of human interest especially in regard to public health as way of fighting diseases successfully and contribute positively to the achievement of the millennium goals.
Research Papers and Publications
- Olumbe, R., Kiarie- Makara, M.W. (July 2011). Effects of mentoring and inculcating Life Skills to University students: A Case Study of Daystar University, Pre-University Programme. A paper presented at the International conference on Education at the Kenyatta University Conference Center; 20th – 22nd July, 2011, Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya.
- Kinuthia, G.K., Kiarie- Makara, M.W., Gicheru, M. M., Kabiru, E.W., Dong-Kyu, L. (2011). The relationship between control of parasitic infections and poverty levels: a case study of Njoro district, Kenya. Kosin University Journal of Health Sciences 1: 77 - 95.
- Joo-oh. K., Dong, K. J., Dong-Kyu, L., Hyesook, K., Kiarie-Makara, M.W. (2011). Field efficacy and non-target effects of temephos granules against Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae) and microorganisms in septic tanks in Busan, Republic of Korea. Journal of Entomological research 41(2):60-65.
- Dong-Kyu, L., Kiarie-Makara, M.W. (2011). The effects of temperature differentials on the life cycle of the West Nile Fever Transmitting mosquito, Culex pipiens pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae). The Korean Journal of Entomology 2: 146-154.
- Kiarie-Makara, M.W., Hae-Soon, Y., Dong-Kyu, L. (2010). Repellent efficacy of wood vinegar against Culex pipiens pallens and Aedes togoi (Diptera: Culicidae) under laboratory and semi-field conditions. Journal of Entomological research 40(2): 97-103.
- Kiarie-Makara, M.W., Dong-Kyu, L. (2010). Tests on the efficacy of wood vinegar from drift wood of the Korean oak to control mosquitoes using Culex pipiens pipiens and Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) under laboratory. Kosin University Journal of health sciences 4: 180- 191.
- Dong-Kyu, L., Kiarie-Makara, M.W. (2008). Analysis of the cost effectiveness of Temephos and BTI, larvicides in the control and reduction of malaria prevalence: case study of Jeju Island in Korea. Korean Journal of Entomology 3: 256-264.
- Kiarie-Makara, M.W. (2007). A case study on how non-state environmental governance in Kenya has worked to protect environmental resources. A paper presented at the 2007 Amsterdam conference on the human dimensions of global environmental change; 24-26 May, 2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Kiarie-Makara, M.W. (2004). The role of diversification of crops grown on irrigation schemes in Yatta irrigation schemes, Ndalani area of Machakos county, as a way of improving food production and security in the area. (Unpublished report)
- Masso, D.J., Kiarie-Makara, M.W., Otieno, O. (2000). A research on the need and placement of Science graduates in East Africa with emphasis on Kenya. A research undertaken to establish the market needs for graduates with science degrees as a way of establishing the need to start science degrees at Daystar University. (Unpublished research findings).
Current/Ongoing Research and Consultancy
- Irrigation Practices On The Central Highlands Of Kenya Could Enhance The Spread Of Mosquitoes And Malaria: A Case Study Of Kirinyaga County: This involves identification and documentation of mosquito species with vector competency and the pathogenic microorganisms that they transmit. This involves the documentation of the prevalence and incidences of mosquito borne diseases in the study area.
- Establishing efficacy and Isolation of the active ingredients for mosquito repellency from wood vinegar made from wood burnt in low oxygen.
- Establishing and documenting how growing of exotic/introduced crops in the place of local crops, on irrigation schemes in Yatta, Machakos, influences food security and causes food shortage and hunger in the region. Find out whether irrigation practices on the scheme has contributed to increased prevalence and incidences of mosquito borne disease in the area.
Job or Teaching Responsibilities
- Current dean in the School of Science & Engineering and Health at Daystar University.
- Lecturer for Biochemistry, biological and Environmental Sciences in the school of science, Engineering and Nursing Department.
- Curriculum development in the school of science, Engineering and Health. Spearheaded the development of major in: - BSc Nursing; Generic and upgrading programmes, proposals in BSc Biomedical Sciences, B.Sc. in Environmental Health.
- Involved in the development of proposed programmes in Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Electronic Engineering.
- Writing and publishing papers in internationally recognized journals.
Membership of Professional Organization
- American mosquito Control association
- American Entomological Society
- Korean Entomological Society
- Asian Entomological Society
- Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation
- Women in Science & Engineering
- January 2010: Awarded commendation and a certificate for the best research in medical entomology by the Entomological Society of Korea, for research carried out as part of PhD studies at Kosin University, Busan South Korea.
- June 2010: A warded a certificate for excellence in teaching and learning by Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) of Daystar University
- September 2007: awarded a Scholarship the Board of Trustee of Kosin University to pursue PhD studies in Medical Entomology at the Institute of Human Health and Environment of Kosin University, South Korea.
- 2001, 2002 and 2003: awarded with the Star Of Excellency Award (SOEA) of Daystar University, as the best lecturer in Science and Pre-University departments.
- 1989-1991: awarded a DAAD scholarship to pursue Master of Science (M.Sc.) studies at the then faculty of Science of Kenyatta University.
- 1989: Awarded the dean of the School of Science of Kenyatta university award for good academic performance in Undergraduate.