Department of Medical Microbiology

Department Member Selected to be Member of the Kenya National Innovation Agency Board

Department member Prof. Omu Anzala has been selected to be a member of the Kenya National Innovation Agency Board.

In the Gazette Notice No. 437 Under the Science Technology and Innovation Act, Prof. Anzala was selected along with other academics by the Cabinet Secretary of Education Prof. George Magoha.

Department Member Awarded Outstanding Achiever Award during UoN@50 Awards

Member of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Director of KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research Prof. Walter Jaoko won the Outstanding Achiever Award at the UoN@50 Awards.

Prof. Jaoko was recognised for his role in the establishment of KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research and his pioneering work in HIV/AIDS clinical research and vaccine initiatives

The list of other award winners can be found here

University of Washington Kenya Research & Training Centre Retreat

Naivasha, Kenya March 21-22, 2022

Members of the department Prof. Walter Jaoko and Dr. Marianne Mureithi joined other researchers from the University of Washington, KNH, KEMRI, JKUAT amongst others to discuss the KRTC 2022 Strategic plan. 

KRTC brings faculty, students, and researchers together to support research and training that improves health and informs policy in Kenya and other resource-limited settings across the globe.

The University of Nairobi HIV/AIDS Collaborative Meeting

This year’s UoN HIV/AIDS Collaborative meeting was held in the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha from the 26th – 28th of January 2022. The department was represented by the Chair, Dr. Marianne Mureithi, Director Research UNITID- Prof Julius Oyugi, Dr. Kariuki Njaanake and Ms. Winnie Mutai.  

Visit by Professor Keith Fowke

Prof. Keith Fowke, Chair of the Departments of Medical Microbiology and Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada and a visiting professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology paid courtesy call and was welcomed by the Chair of Department, Dr Marianne Mureithi. They discussed the continued collaboration and partnership of the two departments regarding the research, mentorship and training of young investigators.

Silk Farming (Sericulture) at University of Nairobi, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology - A collaborative research project

The University of Nairobi through the Directorate of University Advancement and Institutional Development, has partnered with Silk Origin Ltd. in the establishment of a Sericulture Center of Excellence. The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Nairobi, through the leadership of Dr. Marianne Mureithi will speared microbiology research project using silk worm products to understand their effects on microbes.  

Dr. Gloria Omosa-Manyonyi pioneers a program on Capacity Building for Scientific Manuscript Writing at FHS-UON

“UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential training program in mentoring and scientific manuscript writing, aimed at fostering scientific manuscripts writing skills and output, at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), University of Nairobi (UON). This program complements other existing research training ventures within FHS and is hosted at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR). IAVI funds UANDISHI through a collaborative grant secured by Dr.

Female Science Talents Intensive Track 2022 Awards

Dr Mureithi’s work focuses on studying multiple social-behavioural, environmental and biological factors associated with the increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections and advocating for better access to Sexual and Reproductive health care for all women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.