Prof. Julius Oyugi Ascends to Full Professorship at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

A Beacon of Excellence in Virology and Infectious Diseases

The University of Nairobi celebrates a new milestone in academic leadership and scientific research. Prof. Julius Oyugi is elevated to the distinguished rank of Full Professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Prof. Oyugi, who also serves as the director of the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID), has been instrumental in propelling the institution to new heights in virology and infectious diseases.

Prof. Oyugi’s Journey to Excellence

Prof. Oyugi’s journey through the academic ranks is a testament to his unwavering dedication to research, education, and leadership. His impressive career has been marked by significant contributions to the scientific community, particularly in virology, where he has dedicated his efforts to understanding and combating infectious diseases.

As a leading expert, Prof. Oyugi has been pivotal in supervising numerous students at the Masters and PhD levels, fostering a new generation of scientists equipped to tackle global health challenges. His mentorship has not only shaped the careers of his students but also enriched the academic environment with rigorous research and innovative thought.

A Proven Track Record of Achievement

Prof. Oyugi’s ascension to full professorship is a recognition of his substantial achievements in the academic arena. He has attracted numerous grants, reflecting the trust and confidence the scientific community places in his work. His research has been widely published, contributing valuable knowledge to virology and immunology.

The breadth and depth of his work have not only brought acclaim to Prof. Oyugi but have also significantly advanced the University of Nairobi’s mission to be a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence.

Comment from the Chair of the Department

Dr. Marianne Mureithi, the Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, has expressed great enthusiasm regarding Prof. Oyugi’s promotion. “Prof. Oyugi’s appointment to full professorship is a moment of great pride for our department. His extraordinary record of research, teaching, and leadership is unparalleled. His commitment to excellence in infectious diseases and his role in advancing our department’s goals have been exemplary. As a colleague and a mentor, Prof. Oyugi has always pushed the boundaries of what is possible, and his new title is a fitting acknowledgement of his impactful work,” said Dr. Mureithi.

Looking to the Future

As he steps into his new role, Prof. Oyugi’s wealth of experience and vision for innovation will continue to guide the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, as well as UNITID, toward pioneering research and educational frontiers. His commitment to tackling some of the world's most pressing health issues promises to foster significant strides in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases.

The University of Nairobi, together with the entire academic fraternity, looks forward to Prof. Oyugi's continued contributions to shaping a healthier and more resilient global community.

For further information about Prof. Oyugi’s work and the University of Nairobi’s Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, please contact MS Caren Awilly @