Department of Biochemistry Faculty Members

Prof. Fred Wafula Wamunyokoli

Professor Fred Wamunyokoli is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He was born in the year 1965 in Bungoma County. Prof. Wamunyokoli has a PhD in Medical Biochemistry (oncology) from the University of Cape Town, Medical School. The doctorate thesis was mainly on oesophageal cancer. He undertook his post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Health (USA). The title of his post-doctoral research was Molecular basis of Mucinous Cancer supervised by Prof. Michael Birrer. He has an MSc and BSc from University of Nairobi. The Associate Professor of Biochemistry has extensive experience in research and administration, having been a Director and Chairman of Department. His research intere translational research in the area of molecular medicine.

His contacts are:

Telephone: 254 721 801 065 (m)

Email: fwamunyokoli@jkuat.ac.ke / fwamunyokoli@gmail.com

 

Prof. Daniel Wainaina Kariuki

Professor Daniel W Mwangi Kariuki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry JKUAT. Prof. Kariuki is the current Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Science (COHES), JKUAT. He has a PhD in science (Biochemistry and Toxicology) from

Panjab university, Chandigarh 1600014 India. His Doctorate thesis was entitled “Evaluation of N-glycolylneuraminic acid expression in chicken: Potential for diagnosis and prognosis of cancer”. He has a BSc in Biochemistry from the same University and an MSc in Biochemistry from University of Nairobi. He has previously held the position of Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, JKUAT; Industrial Development officer, Ministry of Industry, Kenya and Laboratory Analyst Government Chemists Department, Office of the President, Kenya. He has diverse experience in research with keen interest in immunology and immunochemistry.

Dr. Johnson Kangethe Kinyua

Dr. Johnson Kang’ethe Kinyua is currently the Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, JKUAT. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Biochemistry from University of Nairobi. His Doctoral thesis was entitled “Studies of Glossina pallidipes midgut molecules as vaccine candidates for Human African Trypanosomiasis”. He has a Bachelor of Science from Kenyatta University and an MSc in Biochemistry from University of Nairobi. He has previously worked as the Director, Gender and Mentoring Centre, JKUAT; Chairman, Departmental Postgraduate committee, Departmental Examination officer among other responsibilities. Before joining JKUAT as an Assistant Lecturer, he worked as a Research officer, Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Insttitute (KETRI) and later Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). He has attended various courses in Bioinformatics, scientific writing, corporate Governance among others. He has vast research experience with more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Kinyua is a co-inventor of two drug compounds against malaria. . His diverse interests are to apply novel strategies in Biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics and Biotechnology in Training, research, innovation and technology transfer.

 

Dr. Florence Atieno Ngonga

Dr. Florence Ngonga is a self-motivated scientist with experience in computational drug design and molecular biology techniques. Possess a range of skills required in both research settings and academia including the ability to self-manage, juggle competing demands and meet frequent deadlines. Areas of interest include computational biology, molecular diagnostics and epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Ngonga has PhD in Biochemistry from JKUAT. Her Doctorate thesis was entitled “Characterization and Functional analysis of tricorn interacting factor 3 in Trypanosoma brucei brucei as potential drug targets against African Trypanosomiasis”. She has held various responsibilities in the Department of Biochemistry including Examination officer, Time tabling officer and currently coordinator of Biochemistry courses to Mbchb students. She has BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and MSc in Biochemistry from JKUAT.

Prof. Mabel Imbuga

The Professor of Biochemistry, Prof. Mabel Imbuga places the star of the Department high with extensive scholarly and administrative experience. In recognition of her contribution she secured an accolade with the President for an Elder of Burning Spear (EBS). She is the current former Vice Chancellor of JKUAT. She has over 33 years of working experience in the Education sector with extensive knowledge and demonstrable experience in managing Academic Programmes, Student Affairs, Academic support services, Staff Recruitment, Appraisals, student exchange Programmes and overall office Administration. Prof. Imbuga has a BSc, MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Nairobi. She is a founder member of Biochemical Society of Kenya (BSK), a member of Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA), International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) and other organizations. Prof. Imbuga has also served as Board Member, National Gender Consultation Committee and Ministry of Education Implementation of the Strategic Planning for HIV/Aids education.

 

Dr. Daniel Kiboi

I have a strong background and expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology. I have attracted, administered projects implemented and authored peer reviewed publications. I have made a scientific contribution to understanding the molecular basis of how parasite evades drug action. I identified important putative enzymes and transporters that are highly plausible candidates for mediators of drug action or resistance. I started transfection work using gene knockout and epitope tagging, PlasmoGEM vectors for P. berghei and used them in validating resistance markers/drug transporters/target. This is the First Malaria Parasite P. berghei transfection lab using PlasmoGEM vectors in Kenya and Africa. I then extended my focus in identifying and validating Plasmodium proteins associated not only with drug resistance but also to genes of interest in malaria immunity using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. I analysed and compared parasite transcriptomes from children with asymptomatic parasitemia versus those presenting with clinical malaria and requiring hospital treatment. I exposed differentially expressed proteins as novel parasite targets not only for vaccine development but also potential drug targets. Also, I initiated the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Kilifi, with the core intention of understanding the functions of selected genes in Plasmodium falciparum in vitro.

 Dr. Joel Bargul

Dr. Bargul is trained as a biochemist and molecular biologist with a doctoral thesis on African trypanosomiasis, following his earlier MSc thesis on the biology of tsetse fly, the definitive vector that transmits protozoan parasites known as trypanosomes (causing human sleeping sickness and nagana in livestock he is currently working on a THRiVE-funded project (https://thrive.or.ug/) on the transmission of camel trypanosomiasis and zoonotic pathogens by Hippobosca camelina (also known as camel fly or simply ‘keds’) and by other livestock keds. Over the years, he has supervised many undergraduate interns, MSc and PhD students undertaking research studies in the fields of entomology and parasitology. His broad research interest is to employ molecular biology, bioinformatics tools, functional genomics, and live-cell imaging approaches to understand arthropod disease vectors and their relationships in order to design strategies for control of infectious diseases that afflict people especially in Africa south of Sahara.

 Prof. Gabriel Nyamwamu Magoma

Professor Gabriel Magoma is a Full Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, JKUAT. He is currently the Director, Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences,Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI). He has a PhD in Biochemistry, JKUAT with a Doctoral thesis entitled ” “Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of the Kenyan Tea Germplasm”.

Prof. Naomi Wangari Ngotho Maina

Prof Naomi Maina is an Associate Professor in the Department and has a PhD in Cell Biology (2006) from University of Basel, Switzerland. Her Doctoral thesis was entitled “Isolation, propagation and characterization of T. b. gambiense isolated from sleeping sickness patients in south Sudan (2006”.She has Masters of Science (Pharmacology) (1992) from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Thesis: Role of Monophosphoryl Lipid A on nitric oxide production in leishmania infected macrophages (1991). She has a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Zoology upper class Honours) (1989), degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her research interests are; to improve the management of parasitic infections by; Improved diagnosis of diseases using molecular biology tools, Drug development, Determination of drug resistance and/or treatment failure  and Identification of biomarkers of disease. Previously she worked as a Senior Research Officer (2004-2005) at Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI).

 

 

 

 

 

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