Dr. Gitu Leonard Mwangi

Dr. Gitu Leonard

Office location:  NSC First Floor 004
Position: Lecturer
Area of specialization: Organic Chemistry

Academic/Work Experience
BSc  1989; MSc 1996; PhD 2010
Teaching Assistant 1996; Assistant lecturer (1996); Lecturer (2003)

Research interest
Natural products research particularly on medicinal plants; testing toxicity, efficacy and safety of herbal drugs;
Global immerging issues including Food, Agriculture and the Environment, climate change mitigation and Best Practices in Environmental protection;
Renewable sources of energy, and Environment Impact Assessment.

Research Publications
H. N. Wanyika, P. G. Kareru, L. M. Gitu, E. G. Gatebe,  , and B. N. Muyemba.(2011).  Quantification of Albendazole in Dewormer Formualtions in the Kenyan market.  Advances in Applied Science Research, 2(2): 9-13.

Muiruri P. M., Nyagah C. G., Njenga J. W. and Gitu L. M. (2011).  Comparison of Distribution of Phosphorus in Minjingu Phosphate Rock to Mrima Hill and Magadi Rock Samples. Journal of the Kenya Chemical Society, Vol 6 (1) pp 42- 52

H. N. Wanyika , E. G.Gatebe,  L. M. Gitu, E. K. Ngumba, and C. W. Maritim. (2010). Determination of caffeine content of tea and instant coffee brands found in the Kenyan Market.  African Journal of Food Science, Vol 4(6), pp. 353-358

W. M. Njue and L.M. Gitu (1998): – Determination of  Aflatoxin B1   in Animal Feed by Voltammetric Technique. International Journal of BioChemiPhyscis, Vol.6&7, No.s (1&2)

W. Njue, L. Gitu and F. Kaberia (1996):- Determination of Aflatoxin B1 and M1 in Animal Feeds and Liquid Milk using Thin Layer Chromatography.   International Journal of BioChemiPhyscis, Vol.5 No.s (1&2)

Conference papers

L. M. Gitu Chemical Warfare Agents: Detection and Analysis. Workshop Proceedings, Kenya Chemical Society, Nairobi Chapter, 24th April 2010

L.M. Gitu, J. Keriko, S.C. Chhabra, F. Kaberia: – Antioxidant and in vitro cytotoxity studies of Antidesma venosum (Euphorbiaceae). JKUAT Annual Scientific, Technological and Industrialisation Conference held on 26th and 27th October 2006

L.M. Gitu, J. Keriko, S.C. Chhabra, F. Kaberia :- Biological and phytochemical studies of Antidesma venosum (Euphorbiaceae) and Kotschysia africana (Fabaceae) medicinal plants used in Kenya. Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 2005, Kenyatta University

L. M. Gitu “Electoral Processes and Its Effects on Democracy” Workshop Proceeding on Institutionalising Democracy in Kenya: Prospects and Challenges 23rd -24th May 2002 Limuru Conference Centre – Kenya

L.M. Gitu “My Student-my-Supervisor Concept, Historical Perspective” Workshop Proceedings on Toward Harmonization of Postgraduate Training Through Improved Student-Supervisor Relationships 24th – 25th April 2003, Maseno University, Kenya

Postgraduate supervision

Repellant Activity of the essential Oils of Selected Plant Species against Sitophillus zeamais

Standardization of selected medicinal herbs from Kisii Region used in treatment of Diabetes, Malaria and Pneumonia

Investigation of waste water management techniques in selected smallholder tea factories in Kenya – supervising

Evaluation of Rocks from Rift Valley, Eastern and Coastal Areas in Kenya for viability for Phosphate fertilizers production

A study of fire Safety preparedness in Public Schools:- A case study in Thika

Impacts of Occupational Health and Safety on Employees productivity- A case study of cement factory

Professional organizations affliations

NEMA Kenya – Lead Expert, EIA/EA

Kenya Institute of Environmental Experts (KIEE) – Member

Kenya Chemical Society (Nairobi Chapter) Secretary 2008 – 2011

Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA -K) – Member