About Us

To be a regional hub of biotechnological research excellence for development.

To conduct research, training and extension in biotechnology as an institute that optimizes the contribution of biotechnology and life sciences for sustainable development via capacity building, innovations and technology transfer.

Core Values

  • Results oriented: Embrace optimum performance and team spirit inorder to achieve the Vision, Mission and Strategic plan of the Institute
  • Innovation: Encourage, support and initiate novel research projects
  • Training: Quality training to the satisfaction of customers and stakeholders.

Objectives of the Institute

  • Research: Facilitate, collaborate and fund research activities
  • Development: Provide equal opportunities for self -development to staff and students
  • Technical and Commercialization: Promote, uphold and sustain new and existing research activities in the Institute
  • To build capacity in Biotechnology issues
  • Business development and Extension: Promote and embrace research findings through marketing of research products and offering shortcourse training to farmers and relevant stakeholders (research scientists, agricultural officers). for more details visit jkuates website
  • Postgraduate Academics: Facilitate advance training in Biotechnology through well-structured MSc. and PhD. Biotechnology courses

Prof. Onguso

Director’s Message
The IBR Strategic Plan- 2004-2012 (IBRSP) is positioning JKUAT to capitalize on what many predict will be the biotechnology age. The plan was launched in 2004 and concentrated primarily on strengthening JKUAT’s research and development base with investment in infrastructure and capacity building. Considerable progress has been made. Many of the targets set in the 2004 plan have already been achieved. The Institute’s profile has risen strongly and the number of products and research has grown. IBR has provided substantial investment in new improved products to support biotechnology developments. It has strengthened science and technology base and invested considerable resources and effort in creating new alliances and strengthening existing ones within the university and with research organizations such as KEMRI– Kenya. It has showcased JKUAT’s potential to the outside industry and promoted informed community discussion about the issues surrounding biotechnology.

There also have been dramatic changes and breakthroughs within IBR. New issues, challenges and opportunities have emerged. For example: there have been major technical developments, including the development of:

a) Tissue culture of banana, Aloe Vera, Jatropha and rose plantlets that are free of diseases and have high yields.
b) Organic farming practices which include the development of Vermiculture compost and its benefits
c) Oyster and button mushroom production and other useful plantlets. These have all improved on the business models of many farmers/institutions.
d) Bioprospecting and characterization of microbes with industrial potential.

The institute through the university management has a responsibility to communicate information about its programs and initiatives, while protecting the confidentiality of its business prospects. Economic prosperity of our state is a direct result of the education level of our workforce. Kenya must make a stronger connection between education and economic development. To this end IBR has produced Ph.D. and M.Sc. graduands some of whom have been employed by the university.

Finally, technology is shrinking the globe, and Kenya is poised to be a major player in the rapidly evolving new economy. JKUAT strives to create high-tech and knowledge-based opportunities in science, technology, engineering and business enterprise. Recent efforts by the university to attract these types of high-quality trainings have already achieved success.

Prof. Justus M.Onguso
Director -IBR