Empowering Analytical Chemists from Africa and Beyond

Prof. Anthony Gachanja conducts training

Researchers specializing in Analytical Chemistry from seventeen (17) African countries and Finland have completed an intensive week-long training program on Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) at JKUAT.

The training, held from November 13 – 17, 2023, aimed to equip participants with essential skills for analyzing live molecules in various fields such as food, medicine, and organic compounds.

Prof. Anthony Gachanja, a pioneer and facilitator in the training program, underscored the program’s vital role in breaking Africa’s dependency on European countries for research and analysis.

He shared insights into the transformative impact of creating a collaborative environment that not only advances scientific capabilities, but also paves the way for the continent’s self-sufficiency in critical areas of study.

The participants include Julia Ijas, an exchange student from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and Timothy Mguntha from the University of Malawi.

Sharing her experiences, Julia Ijas had this to say about the program: “When I found out that I was participating in the training, I was excited. I’m currently doing my master’s thesis research where I’m using the LC-MS instrument. So the training will be really useful for me. From the training, I expect to learn to use the instrument more independently and confidently. I also look forward to meeting new people from Africa.”

On the other hand, Timothy Mguntha from the University of Malawi, reflected on his experience: “The experience has been quite good. My expectations have been met. I know mastering the instrument LCMS would need more time and of course, practice in my home country. In general, the JKUAT environment was good. The Kenyan people were very friendly wherever we interacted with them.”

The training participants contribute to the broader goal of the training, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and the exchange of knowledge among researchers with diverse backgrounds.

 The training, jointly funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and implemented under the auspices of the Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN), marks a significant step towards advancing scientific research and fostering international cooperation in the field of analytical chemistry.

Empowering Analytical Chemists from Africa and Beyond

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