Collins Ouma was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2019. As a fellow, Collins Ouma contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.
Collins Ouma is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Technology, School of Public Health and Community Development. He holds a Doctoral degree in Human Genetics from Kenyatta University, Kenya and has previously been involved in public health research to address issues associated with spread and control of human diseases. Previously, Prof. Ouma was the Dean, School of Public Health and Community Development, a position he held until he was appointed the Director of Research, Publications and Innovations of Maseno University, Kenya. As a Dean and a Director, he has been involved in Strategic Planning and Management, Enterprise Development and Program Management for over 10 years. Voted as the Best African Scientist for the year 2010 by the Pfizer Royal Society, UK, Prof. Ouma has wide experience in research especially in areas of strategic planning and management, evaluation and research, health sector, program management, resource governance, business plans and feasibility studies. As part of his extension services, Prof. Ouma has supported various enterprises in the communities which include being the Director of a ‘Watoto Musiliye’, an organization whose main goals is to ensure that the girl-child gets a formal education. Several vulnerable local members of the communities have greatly benefitted from his social and economic support. Prof. Ouma serves as a Board Chair, National Reproductive Health Services (NRHS), based in Kisumu, Kenya. He has also been in the scientific and ethical committees of both Kenya Medical Research Institute and Maseno University. He has worked and consulted with large donor funded programs and organizations like World Vision, IntraHealth International, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) and Strategic Safety Consultants. He has also consulted for National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded baseline studies in western Kenya and recently for Christian Aid (in Narok County). Prof. Ouma has a number of publications in across various multidisciplinary fields. He has also mentored to completion over 100 postgraduate students including 30 Doctoral graduates.