Prof Samuel Gudu has experience in University administration spanning over twenty-five years, part of which as Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Principal of University College, Director of Research, Ag Dean, and Head of Department at University level. 

He is a full Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding. He earned his PhD degree in Plant Genetics & Molecular Biology from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; M.Sc. (Genetics & Plant Breeding) and B.Sc. Hons. (Agriculture) from the University of Nairobi. Prof. Gudu has taught for many years in University and supervised and graduated many students at Master and PhD levels.

Prof. Gudu has received many honours and awards including: Elder of Burning Spear (EBS) a commendation by the Head of State; Research Leadership by the American Bibliographic Institute (ABI) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). He is a member of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), and International Association of Plant and Soil Interaction at Low pH (PSILPH) and Board member of Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA). He was also a member of Taskforce appointed by the Minister of Health in Kenya to give technical paper on the impact of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) of food and food safety, health and environment. 

Research interest:

Prof. Gudu has conducted extensive research on: 

effect of soil acidity on maize, sorghum and grain legumes productivity and has developed varieties and germplasm tolerant to soil acidity and various constraints including drought and diseases; and 

use of molecular markers to tag traits of agronomic importance using genetic diversity analyses.

Ongoing research projects:

Prof. Gudu has won several international, regional and national competitive research grants awards. He has been Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) in national, regional and international research consortia. Currently he is:

PI of a project titled “Enhancing livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Western and Eastern Kenya through Agro-ecological intensification with sorghum-based interventions” funded by McKnight Foundation, USA, 

Co-PI of an infrastructural support project titled “Soil Analysis Laboratory Facility at Rongo University” and 

Team member of a project titled “Mitigating the Adverse Health Effects of Aflatoxins by Reducing Human Consumption: A Value Chain approach” both funded by National Research Fund (NRF), Kenya.


Prof. Gudu has published widely in Refereed Journals, technical reports, chapters in books and presented many papers in Scientific Conferences. A sample of his recent publications are listed below: 

P. O. Kisinyo, P.A.Opala , and S. O. Gudu 2019. Response of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Munch) to organic and inorganic fertilizers on Kenyan lower midlands (In press)

C. Okongo, E. Ouma and S. Gudu, “A Survey of Sorghum Covered Kernel Smut Disease Infection in Western Kenya”,2019 International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR),, Volume 8 Issue 2, February 2019, 1349 – 1353 

Emily Jepkosgei Too, Augustino Osoro Onkware, Beatrice Ang’iyo Were, Samuel Gudu, Anders Carlsson, Mulatu Geleta. Molecular markers associated with aluminium tolerance in Sorghum bicolor018. Hereditas. 2018 Apr 13;155:20. doi: 10.1186/s41065-018-0059-3. eCollection 2018.

Ringo J.H.  Mneney E. E, Onkware A.O,  Owuoche J. O, Were B.A, Too E.J, Gudu S.O. 2014. Diversity of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) Germplasm from Tanzania Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare ISSN 2224-3208 (Paper) ISSN 2225-093X (Online) Vol.4, No.24, 2014

Kisinyo P.O., Opala P.A., Gudu S.O., Othieno C.O., Okalebo J.R., Palapala V & Otinga A.N. 2014. Recent advances in understanding and managing Kenyan acid soils for improved crop production. African Journal of Agricultural Research 9: 2397-2408. 

E.J. Too, A.S. Carlsson, A.O. Onkware, B.A. Were, M. Geleta, T. Bringelsson and S. Gudu. 2014. Cell Membrane Integrity, Callose accumulation and root growth in aluminium-stressed sorghum seedling. Biologia Plantarum. 20(10) 1-5. 

Emily Jepkosgei Too, Beatrice Angiyo Were, Augustino Osoro Onkware, Justin Hanson Ringo, Peter Oloo Kisinyo, Anders S. Carlsson, Evans Ouma, Malatu Geleta and Samuel Gudu. 2014. Response of selected Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) to aluminium stress. African J. Agric. Research 9(21): 1651-1662.

Cheprot R.K., Matonyei TK, Were BA, Dngasuk OG, Onkware AO, Maritim K.K., Gudu S. 2014. Physiological Characterization of Kenyan Sorghum Lines for Tolerance to Aluminium. International Journal of Natural Sciences Research, 2014, 2(4): 59-71

Benson Ouma Nyongesa, Beatrice Angiyo Were, Samuel Gudu, George Otto Dangasuk and Augustino Osoro Onkware. 2014. Genetic Relationship between sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) and related wild species based on chromosome counts and isozyme markers. African Journal of Agric Sciences 42: pp