Chemistry Researchers Undergo LC-MS Training

Elijah Ngumba of JKUAT guides the trainees during one of the sessions.

Researchers in Analytical Chemistry drawn from ten African countries have converged at JKUAT for the Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) training that is useful in analyzing live molecules in food, medicine and organic compounds.

While welcoming the participants to the training forum, Dean, School of Physical Science, Prof. George Thiong’o, assured the over 15 trainees, of quality training adding that  JKUAT’s mission, vision and goals are aligned to support development goals.

Prof. Thiong’o encouraged the researchers to continue working together. People from different multi-national backgrounds, he noted, encourage open mindedness to new ideas which will foster international development and cohesion.

Naomi Choubayor Kabiri, a researcher from Kwame Nkurumah University, lauded the impact of training describing the experience as “a rare opportunity to learn and understand components of LC-MS such as dismantling and fixing electron spray ionization compartments which are only taught in JKUAT.”

Naomi noted that the training which incorporates researchers from different research backgrounds, will go a long way in promoting interdisciplinary collaboration research which she observed, will enhance quality results.

While expressing her gratitude to the workshop organizers, Naomi said, she plans to use the knowledge to ensure Ghanaians can access non-contaminated food.

Training participants after concluding the training at JKUAT

“I will be able to sample food stuff from across Ghana to ensure that contaminants are unavailable. I will be specifically be keen on the presence of sodium metabisulfite in meat,” said Naomi.

Prof. Anthony Gachanja of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at JKUAT urged the researchers to work together in order to form meaningful networks, as they transfer the skills acquired during the training with other organizations in their respective countries of origin.

The week-long training that commenced in August 19th, concludes on 24th August, 2019. It was jointly funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and implemented under the auspices of the Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN).

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