Jane Ambuko
Kenya 2013
Jane Ambuko has always loved and excelled in the sciences. Her mother, busy raising nine children while her husband worked away from home with Kenya Railways, entrusted her with the little shop she ran in the village, recognizing her daughter’s excellent math skills. Always first in her class, Ambuko sailed through her primary and secondary school education, but then suffered kidney failure.
This was the lowest moment of my life, she recalls. “I had just passed my high school examinations and set a record as the first girl to go to university.” Her father persuaded her to enroll in undergraduate studies while undergoing regular dialysis, which drained her of the energy she needed to attend scheduled classes.
Field of Research
Postharvest science and technology of perishable commodities to minimize losses.

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