NaFIRRI ARDC Kajjansi gets New Head

NaFIRRI ARDC Kajjansi gets New Head

Dr. Victoria Tibenda Namulawa

Dr. Victoria Tibenda Namulawa becomes the head of the Aquatic Research Develoment Center of the National Fisheres Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI). She replaces Dr. Mattthew Mwanja. Dr. Victoria is an Aquaculture Scientist, with specialization in fish nutrition. Her works have involved studying the functional morphology of the digestive system of fish, nutritional aspects of farmed fish including Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), African catfish (Clarias gariepinus); including the nutritional requirements of Nile perch (Lates niloticus) and Pebbly fish (Alestes baremoze).

She has investigated different aspects of fish feed; studying alternative protein sources for inclusion in formulated fish feed and assessing the mycotoxin burden in formulated fish feed in the Lake Victoria Basin, investigated safety of fish sold in local markets, with an interest in working on ornamental fishes and value – added fish products. She has been part of several research project teams including Lake Victoria Environment Management Project (LVEMPI&II), Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) Prior to joining NARO, where she has worked for 14 years; Dr. Victoria worked as a fisheries extension officer in local government.

 In NARO, she has progressed in ranks, from a Research Assistant, Principal Research Officer, Assistant National Coordinator – Competitive Grant Scheme of NARO and now Programe Leader, Aquaculture & Fish Biosciences and In-Charge of NaFIRRI Aquaculture Research & Development Center Kajjansi. She holds a Ph.D. in Ichthyology and Fisheries Science from Rhodes University – South Africa, an MSc in Fisheries and Aquatic Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from Makerere University – Kampala. She is also a research Fellow from the African Biosciences Challenge Fund at the ILRI-BecA Hub in Nairobi.

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