Varsity Researchers Delve into Research Towards Sustainability

Prof. Koaze (left) interacts with one of the researchers during the event

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) researchers have unveiled new areas of ground breaking research that seeks to address various challenges in the agriculture, health, energy, bio molecular biology and computer science value chains.

Courtesy of AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project, JKUAT organizes an annual poster presentation competition for postgraduate students who are funded under the project. This competition serves as a platform for students to showcase their research findings, while also acting as a conveyer belt for new innovations emerging from the university.

The initiative also compliments the government’s efforts towards 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through education, research, and social contribution.

During this year’s competition, held at the University on May 17, 2023, a team of 21 postgraduate students showcased their groundbreaking innovations across various specialized categories.

Each poster explained common societal problems while also unveiling novel insights and solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by Kenya.

Among the captivating research projects presented were those focused on harnessing bacteria to revolutionize urban waste disposal, exploring the potential of black seeds in managing diabetes, and investigating the reasons behind the relatively low number of Covid-19 patients in Kenya compared to the global scenario.

Prof. John Wesonga (left) from the Department of Horticulture evaluates research work conducted by a researcher

Eudia Jepkoech Kemei, one of the researchers explained that her research Evaluation of Endometrial Cytology in Detection of Endometrial Cancer and Atypical Hyperplasia is aimed at determining the performance characteristics of a specialized cancer detecting brush known as Endometrial Tao brush in detection of Endometrial Cancer and Atypical Hyperplasia using Specimens collected with the Tao Brush Sampler.

She added that “the Tao Brush Sampler will go a long way in reducing the cost burden of cancer patients through early self-detection by fabricating the brush and rolling it out at a lower cost”.

Another researcher, Wanja Kariuki, explained that her research Digital and additive manufacturing approach for the fabrication of custom orthoses is focused on moving away from the traditional manufacture of orthotics from plaster casting to 3D printing.

AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project Lead, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze was full of praise for the researchers for showing zeal in their pursuit of their research interests.

Prof. Koaze urged them to leverage on the opportunity not only to improve their research but also network while exploring inter-disciplinary approach to research.

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