Dennis Obonyo Ndolo

Group Leader,

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Wernher and Beit Building (South) UCT Campus
Anzio Road, Observatory 7925
Cape Town, South Africa
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +27-21-4047693
Fax: +27-21-4067717


University of Nairobi, Kenya, BSc in Agriculture, 1995
Egerton University, Kenya, MSc in Crop Protection, 2004
University of Nairobi, Kenya, PhD in Entomology, 2009
University of Cape Town, South Africa, Advanced Certificate in Project Management, 2014

Career History

Since Oct 2018, Group Leader, Biopesticides, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Cape Town Component, Cape Town, South Africa.
2013-2018, Programme Officer, Biosafety, ICGEB Cape Town
2009-2012, Project Biosafety Specialist, ICGEB Trieste, Italy and Cape Town, South Africa
2008, Deputy Coordinator, BiosafeTrain Project (a DANIDA funded Enhancement of Research Capacity programme), Nairobi, Kenya
2006-2008, Theme Leader, Environmental Impacts Assessment Group, Insect Resistant Maize for Africa Project (a Syngenta Foundation funded Programme), Nairobi, Kenya
2005, R&D Officer, Dudutech (K), Ltd., Naivasha, Kenya
2004, R&D Assistant, Dudutech (K), Ltd., Naivasha, Kenya
1996-2003, Assistant Teacher, Teachers Service Commission, Kenya

Selected publications

Ashaolu, C.A., Okonkwo, C.O., Njuguna, E., Ndolo, D. (2022) Recommendations for effective and sustainable regulation of biopesticides in Nigeria. Sustainability. 14: 2846.

Njuguna, E., Nethononda, P., Maredia, K.  Mbabazi, R. Kachapulula, P., Rowe, A. & Ndolo D. (2021) Experiences and Perspectives on Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Management in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 7: 1- 8.

Ndolo D., Njuguna E., Adetunji C.O., Harbor C., Rowe A., Den Breeyen A., Sangeetha J., Singh G., Szewczyk B., Anjorin T.S., Thangadurai D. & Hospet R. (2019) Research and development of biopesticides: Challenges and prospects. Outlooks on Pest Management 30: 267-276.

Ndolo D.O., Songa J.S. & Lovei G. L. (2018) Tri-trophic impacts of Bt-transgenic maize on parasitoid size and fluctuating asymmetry in native vs. novel host-parasitoid interactions in East Africa. Insects 9: 38. 

Ndolo D.O., Wach M., Rüdelsheim P. & Craig W. (2018) A curriculum-based approach to teaching biosafety through eLearning. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 6:42.

Craig W., Obonyo D.N. & Tepfer M. (2017) A strategy for integrating science into regulatory decision-making for GMOs. In: Genetically Modified Organisms in developing countries: Risk analysis and governance. A. Adenle, D. Murphy, J. Morris (eds), Cambridge University Press, UK.

Racovita M., Obonyo D.N., Craig W. & Ripandelli D. (2015) What are the non-food impacts of GM crop cultivation on farmers’ health? A Systematic Review: Environmental Evidence 4:17.

Racovita M., Obonyo D.N., Craig W. & Ripandelli D. (2014) What are the non-food impacts of GM crop cultivation on farmers’ health? A Systematic Review Protocol. Environmental Evidence 3:1.

Obonyo D., Racovita, M., Ripandelli D. & Craig W. (2014) Biosafety issues in food and agricultural systems in Africa. In: Biosafety in Africa: Experiences and Best Practices. D.P. Keetch, D. Makinde, C.K. Weebadde, K. Maredia (eds), Michigan State University, USA 

Racovita M., Obonyo D.N., Abdallah R., Anguzu R., Bamwenda G., Kiggundu A., Maganga H., Muchiri N., Nzeduru C., Otadoh J., Rumjaun A., Suleiman I., Sunil M., Tepfer M., Timpo S., van der Walt W., Kaboré-Zoungrana C., Nfor L., & Craig W. (2013). Experiences in sub-Saharan Africa with GM crop risk communication: outcome of a workshop. GM Crops and Food 4: 19-27.

Obonyo D.N. & Ogola J.B.O. (2011) Transgenic pesticidal crops and the environment: The case of Bt maize and natural enemies. In: Pesticides in the Modern World (Book 3) – Risks and Benefits (ed. M. Stoytcheva), InTech, Rijeka, Croatia.

Obonyo D. N., Nfor L.M., Uzochukwu S., Araya-Quesada M., Farolfi F., Ripandelli D & Craig W. (2011)   Identified gaps in biosafety knowledge and expertise in sub-Saharan Africa. AgBioForum 14: 71-82.

Obonyo D. N., Oyieke F.A., Lovei G.L., Nyamasyo G.H.N., Songa J.M. & Mugo S. (2008) Developmental and mortality responses of Chilo partellus Swinhoe (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) and Sesamia calamistis Hampson (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) following partial feeding on Bt-transgenic maize. Journal of Applied BioSciences 11: 554-563.

Obonyo D. N., Ogola J.B.O. & Kamau A.W. (2008) Effects of time of planting, fertilizer and insecticide on sorghum shoot fly, Atherigona soccata (Diptera: Muscidae), on two varieties of sorghum. African Entomology 16: 185-195.

Obonyo D. N., Songa J.M., Oyieke F.A., Nyamasyo G.H.N.  & Mugo S. (2008)  Bt-transgenic  maize  does not deter  oviposition  by two important  African  cereal  stem  borers, Chilo partellus Swinhoe (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) and Sesamia calamistis Hampson (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of Applied BioSciences 10: 424-433.