The University under the Division of Planning Research and Extension commissioned the Fish Genetics and Genomics Research Laboratory, a project that was funded by the National Research Fund (NRF) under the National Institutional Infrastructure support programme, to the tune of Kshs. 50 million.
The lab which was commissioned on 13th of June, 2022 was officially opened by the Principal Secretary State Department of University Education and Research who was represented by the acting CEO of NRF Dr. Jemima Onsare.
In her speech, Dr. Onsare congratulated the University for the achievement made so far, and highlighted that the Lab would go a long way in supporting training and research by staff, scientists and postgraduate students within the region and beyond. Her sentiments were also echoed by the University Chairman of Council Dr. Buro Hassan who acknowledged the support the University receives from NRF. He pointed out that the Lab will play an important role in helping the institution achieve its strategic objectives and mandate more so in the areas of research, training and capacity building.
The University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Teresa Akenga on her part appreciated the support the University receives from the NRF. She further indicated that the state-of-the art Fish Genetics and Genomics lab facility will assist researchers to undertake high quality research in the area of Molecular Biology, Agriculture, Environmental and Health among many other areas. She finalized by identifying that the lab will boost the economy of the region and beyond through creating a market driven research, and training for future leaders who will provide the needed skills in enhancing the tackling of societal challenges thereby contributing to attainment of Kenya Vision 2030 as far as education and training is concerned.
The commissioning was also attended by the Chairman of ARISAC Committee of Council Mr. Sixtus Momanyi, representative of the Vice-Chancellor Moi University who also acts as the Director Research, Mr. Simeon Mining, and representatives from Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI).
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