Davies Kaimenyi

Visiting Scientist
Nick Talbot Group

My Master’s thesis on characterization of seagrass microbiomes, got me interested in plant microbe relationships and bioinformatics. I acquired basic bioinformatics training at SLU, Sweden in 2017 as well as an intensive training on the same at Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA – ILRI) Hub in Kenya in 2018.

I’m interested in understanding the genetic mechanisms for Magnaporthe oryzae infection on finger millet. This is to assist in the breeding programs for resistance to improve adoption of the crop by famers in sub-Saharan Africa.


Kaimenyi DK, De Villiers EP, Ngoi J, Ndiso JB, De Villiers SM (2018)

Microbiome of two predominant seagrass species of the Kenyan coast, Enhalus acoroides and Thalassodendron ciliatum. No. e27387v1. PeerJ Preprints, 2018.

Job History

2019 – present Visiting Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2018 – 2019 Research Fellow (Bioinformatics), BECA-ILRI Nairobi, Kenya

2015 – 2018 MSc Agronomy, Pwani University, Kenya

2017 Internship (Bioinformatics), SLU Uppsala, Sweden

2010 – 2014 BSc Agriculture and Entrepreneurship, Pwani University, Kenya