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ANNUAL REPORT 2012

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Biochemistry is located in Chiromo Campus off Riverside Drive and is in the School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences.

The department offers degree courses in Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc) and PhD in Biochemistry.  The department also teaches biochemistry in the following programmes MBChB, Bpharm, BDS, BSc Nursing, BSc MLST, BSc. Agriculture, BSc. Food Science, BVM, BSc Wildlife Management, BSc Fisheries and Aqua Culture Management, MMed Surgery, MDS (MMED-PAED), MMED Psychiatry, MSc. Nursing, MSc . Animal Production and MSc. Crop Science.

 

Academic Staff and Designation

 

Professors

3

Associate Professors

8

Senior Lecturers

2

Lecturers

10

Tutorial Fellows

5

 

 

Staff Appointment and Promotion.

 

Name

Gender

Title

Comment

Prof. P.W. Kinyanjui

M

Associate Professor

Promotion to Associate Professor

Prof. E.K. Nguu

M

Associate Professor

                           “

Prof. L.U. Abubakar

F

Associate Professor

                          “

Prof. R.M. Njogu

M

Professor

Appointment

Dr. N. Atunga

M

Lecturer

             “

Dr. C. Adhiambo

F

Lecturer

             “

Ms. E.G. Murungi

F

Secretary

           “

Ms. P.A. Ofuyo

F

Assistant Senior Secretary

Transferred to the Department on promotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff retired, terminated services etc

 

Name

Gender

Title

Comment

Dr. R. Maathai

M

Lecturer

Terminated UoN services

Dr. D. Ogoyi

M

Senior Lecturer

Terminated UoN services

Dr. M. Kibe

M

Lecturer

Deceased

Mr. F.X.O. K’ombut

M

Chief Technologist

Retired

Mr. W. Mbugua

M

Senior Technologist

Retired

 

DEGREE PROGRAMMES OFFERED

BSc Biochemistry

MSc Biochemistry

PhD Biochemistry

 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS PER DEGREE PROGRAMME

 

BSc Biochemistry I

55

BSc Biochemistry II

50

BSc Biochemistry III

60

MSc Biochemistry

11

PhD Biochemistry

4

 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS GRADUATED

 

BSc Biochemistry

65

MSc Biochemistry

3

PhD

0

 

ONGOING POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Student

Degree

Project Title

Supervisors

Ms. E.G. Kanduma

PhD

Characterization of field strains of the tick vector R. appendiculatus using micro and ministatellite DNA markers.

Prof. P.W. Kinyanjui

Dr. M. Kibe

Ms. L.W. Kariuki

PhD

Molecular  characterization of Rift Valley Fever Virus Isolates from Kenya

Dr. D.W. Bulimo

Mr. Nyaboga Evans Nyaega

PhD

Genetic Transformation of Cassava (Manihot  esculenta Crantz) for Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Prof. E. Nguu

Mr. E.M. Magembe

PhD

A genomics approach for the development of molecular diagnostic tools for Banana bacterial wilt, Cassava brown streak virus and Maize gray leaf spot

Prof. P.W. Kinyanjui

Prof. J.C. Mukuria

Ms. V.W. Kamau

MSc

Genetic characterization of HIV-1 and genotypic characterization of viral tropism among patients at Kenyatta National Hospital

Prof. P.W. Kinyanjui

Dr. E. K. Muge

Ms. R.M. Mumo

MSc

Effect of chemokine adjuvants on immunogenicity and protective efficacy of serine repeat antigen (SERA) DNA vaccine against plasmodium berghei IN MICE (Mus musculus)

Prof. C.O. Omwandho

Mr. D.G. Njau

MSc

STR analysis of human DNA from Maggot fed on decomposing bodies – assessment on time period for successful analysis

Prof. P.W. Kinyanjui

Dr. E.K. Muge

Prof. C.O. Omwandho

Ms. L. A. Ogonda

MSc

Value addition to Dagaa (R. argentea) through recovery of fish protein hydrolysate with bioactive properties

Prof. F.J. Mulaa

Dr. E.K. Muge

Mr. A.K. Mwololo

MSc

Determination of high risk HPV co-infection in Aids related SCCC in patients presenting to Kenyatta National Hospital using biomolecular markers

Dr. W. Bulimo

Mr. W. Kipandula

MSc

Antioxidant activities in extracts from indigenous vegetables from Kenya and Malawi.

Prof. E. Nguu

Mr. A. E. Araput

MSc

Development of a Rapid Diagnostic test for Differentiating Contagious Caprinepleuropneumonia (CCPP) Goat Vaccinates from Non-vaccinates

 

Mr. F.M. Mbui

MSc

Genetic Analysis of Respiratory Adenoviruses among Pediatric Patients Attending New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in the period June 2010 to June 2012.

Dr. W. Bulimo

Ms. I.K. Kiio

MSc

Isolation and characterization of Cellulytic Bacteria from Soils Excavated from Geothermal Wells along Kenya’s Rift Valley.

 Dr. E.K. Muge

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Bulimo WD,et al. (2012) “Epidemiology of 2009 pandemic influenza A virus subtype HINI among Kenyans aged 2 months to 18 years, 2009-2010” J. Infect. Dis 15 68-73
  2. Bulimo WD, et. al (2012) “Influenza surveillance among children with pneumonia admitted to a   district hospital in Coastal Kenya, 2007-2010” 1:S61-70
  3. Bulimo WD, et.al (201) “Molecular Characterization and phylogenetic analysis of the    hemagglutinin 1 protein of human influenza A virus subtyple HINI circulating in Kenya during 2007-2008” 15: 46-52
  4. Bulimo WD, et.al “Comparison of African swine fever virus prevalence and risk in two contrasting pig-farming systems in South-West and Central Kenya” http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed 2012.11.2012
  1. Esther N. Maina, et.al (2012) “Investigation of Prader – Willi-like Phenotype using a Whole Genome Array” African J. Pharmaco and Therap 1: 84-91
  2. Dr. E. Muge, Prof. P. Kinyanjui et.al (2012) “Predicted HIV – I correceptor usage among Kenyan patients shows a tendency of subtype d to be Cxcr 4 tropic” AIDS Res. and Therapy 9: 1-7
  3.  E. Kanduma, P.Kinyanjui, M. Kibe “Micro and minisatellite-expressed sequence tag (EST) markers discriminate between populations of Rhipicephalus appendiculatus” Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 3: 128-136
  4. E. Kanduma et.al (2012)“Phylogeography and Demographic History of Amblyomma variegatum (Fabricius) Acare: Ixodidae), the Tropical Bont Tick”  Vector –Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 12: 514-524
  5. E. Kanduma et.al. (2012) “Trancriptional profiling of inflammatory cytokine genes in African buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) infected with Theileria parva.Vet. Immunology & Immunopathology http://dx.doi.org/10.10161j.vetiam.2012.06.015
  6. L. Abubakar et.al (2012)“Characterization of Algae oil (oilgae) and its potential as Biofuel in Kenya” J. Applied phytotechnology in Environmental Sanitation 4 : 147-153
  7. L. Abubakar et.al (2012)“Antimicrobial activity of various extracts of the sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla (Echinoidea) African J. Pharmaco and Therap 1 19-23
  8. C. Omwandho et.al. (2012)“ TGF-β’S induce smad-dependent signaling and apoptosis in human endometrial and endometriotic cells International Glessen Life Sciences
  9. C. Omwandho  et.al.(2012) “Transforming growth factor betas strongly enhance secretion of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 of Human Endometrial and Endo metriotic cell Trends Biochem Sciences  25 101-109
  10. Kanduma et.al. (2012) Molecular detection and characterization of potentially new Babesia and Theilera species/variants in wild fields from Kenya.  Acta Tropica http://dx.doi.org/Acta Tropica 10.1016/j.act tropica.2012.06.2013

 

 

 

 

CONFERENCES/SEMINARS/MEETINGS ATTENDED

  1.  Prof. L. Abubakar – participated in the International Conference on “The role of Muslim Women Scientists in the Development of Science and Technology”  at University of Tehran on 12 and 13 December 2012.
  2. Ms. C. Wasonga – attended the second national research – to- policy workshop at the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club Nairobi on 21 and 22nd June 2012.
  3. Prof. F. Mulaa – Attended a meeting on the EU FP7 APROPOS Project held in Brussels, Belgium, on 10 to 11 September, 2012.
  4. Ms. E. Kanduma- Attended the East Africa AWARD Fellows and Fellow Mentees Progress monitoring meeting in Uganda on Wednesday 13th June and Thursday 14th June 2012.
  5. Prof. C. Omwandho – Attended a conference on African Higher Education harmonization tuning and shaping responsive and quality postgraduate education in Cape Town, South Africa  in May 2012.
  6. Prof. V. Mbaya – participated in a global cultural in a memorial tree-planting ceremony in honour of Professor Wangari Maathai on March 30, 2012 at Morningside Park in New York.
  7. Dr. E. Nguu – attended a workshop on Biotechnology Communication in Lilongwe, Malawi in March 2012.

 

 

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