Nina Nawanjaya Wambiji
Kenya 2013
Nina Nawanjaya Wambiji grew up in Njoro, Kenya, inspired by her father, a lecturer in agronomy at Egerton University, and by her mother, the chief nursing officer of the university’s sanatorium, who told her daughter that her firm handshake made her well-suited to become a veterinary officer or a farmer. For her post-secondary education, Wambiji traveled to India for studies in zoology and limnology, then to Japan for her doctorate in Marine and Environmental Sciences (Fisheries Science).
Since it has neither scales nor bones, it is easy to prepare and eat, making it a preferred fish for women in particular,” says Wambiji. “However, the dorsal fin needs to be carefully handled because it has a venomous spine.
Field of Research
Use of molecular techniques to explore using fish physiology and genetics to increase production for coastal people.

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