JKUAT and PAUSTI Students Demonstrate Research Acumen

Prof. Hiroshi Koaze (left) interacts with a researcher

Over the years, university researchers have been the vanguards of innovation, offering invaluable solutions to pressing societal problems. JKUAT and PAUSTI post-graduate students recently showcased their fresh and cutting-edge research ideas, driven by the need to address various gaps in the economy.

In a vibrant display of research presentations under the  AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project on Friday, May 3, 2024, presentations covered a wide range of thematic areas, highlighting the depth and diversity of research being conducted at twin institutions. From agricultural innovations to biotechnology solutions, each researcher showcased unique contribution in their respective fields.

One notable presentation came from Oumarou Soro, whose research focused on anti-microbial resistance, a pressing global health concern, which according to WHO, leads to approximately 700,000 deaths yearly, with projections indicating a staggering 10 million deaths annually and a cost of US$100 trillion by 2050.

Oumarou revealed that he focuses on Enterococcus faecalis, a drug-resistant bacterium identified by WHO as a priority pathogen, which commonly causes infections in healthcare settings. His study focuses on isolating and characterizing viruses capable of combating multidrug-resistant E. faecalis and effectively breaking down their protective biofilms, offering a potential solution to this growing public health threat.

Prof. John Wesonga (left) interact with Oumarou Soro’s research

Professor Hiroshi Koaze, AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project Lead, expressed satisfaction with the quality of presentations, noting a marked improvement from the previous sessions.

“It’s inspiring to witness the dedication and progress demonstrated by our researchers. Their commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing real-world challenges is commendable,” remarked Prof. Koaze.

Looking ahead, Prof. Koaze reaffirmed the project’s commitment to supporting researchers and fostering a culture of academic excellence.

“Our journey doesn’t end here. We will continue to provide platforms for collaboration and innovation, empowering researchers to make meaningful contributions to society,” said Prof. Koaze.

The poster presentations were evaluated by a panel of judges comprising experts from various sub-task forces within the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project. Their rigorous assessment ensured that only the most promising research projects received recognition.

In line with tradition, all participants will receive certificates of participation. Additionally, the top three presenters will be honored with tokens of appreciation in a ceremony presided over by the Vice Chancellor.

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