The Department of Medical Microbiology (MMB) witnessed transition of leadership from the outgoing Chairperson, Dr. Caroline Ngugi, to the incoming Chairperson, Dr. Edinah Songoro, during a ceremony at the department on Monday, October 9, 2023.
The appointment, made by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi marks the beginning of Dr. Songoro’s two-year tenure as the head of the department with effect from October 2023.
During the function, Dr. Songoro shared her vision for the department, emphasizing her commitment to advance both academic programs and research output.
Dr. Songoro aims to foster a more comprehensive and collaborative approach within the department and across all key areas of microbiology, including immunology, parasitology, bacteriology, and mycology.
Dr. Songoro, an alumnus of JKUAT and Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), expressed her dedication to strengthening ties between MMB and the other departments within the College of Health Sciences.
Her personal research interests lie in the critical fields of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes and Molecular Biology, a testament to her deep commitment to tackling pressing issues in the field of medical microbiology.
Reflecting on her appointment, Dr. Songoro said, “It is a significant step and it feels truly rewarding. I am determined to serve and provide leadership to all staff and students in the department, following the guidance of the University and implementing its resolutions.”
The MMB staff expressed gratitude to Dr. Ngugi for her outstanding leadership during her four-year tenure, as they shared experiences that highlighted Dr. Ngugi’s positive impact.
Dr. Ngugi thanked staff for their support and particularly appreciated her predecessor, Dr. Andrew Nyerere, whose visionary leadership laid the foundation for her success. She also extended best wishes to Dr. Songoro, expressing confidence in her ability to steer the department.
Medical Microbiology Department is committed to train healthcare professionals who can conduct research, diagnose diseases and promote public health to address challenges posed by infectious diseases.
Consequently, MMB is collaborating with institutions such as Purdue University (USA) on students exchange programs. The exposure is expected to aid in addressing global health challenges in an era where diseases and pathogens have become ubiquitous and know no boundaries.