PROF. YENESEW ABIY

I am a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. I have an extensive experience in teaching of Organic Chemistry and conducting research in the field of Natural Products Chemistry. For the last thirty years, I have been involved in the investigation of Eastern African plants for bioactive natural products. This has resulted in the publication of 90 articles in peer reviewed journals (h-index of 30, H-10 index of 77, Citations 2453 in Google Scholar, as of 13th Jan 2020). I have also co-authored three books on medicinal plants of East Africa. I have served as reviewer to several international journals and examined some 30 PhD and MSc theses in Africa. In 2015, I have been appointed as a subject editor of the journal Phytochemistry Letters, which is the official organ of the Phytochemical society of Europe. In my career as a natural products chemist, I have also been appointed as Editorial Board member of the Journal of Natural Products and Journal of Ethnopharmacology as of January 2018. I have closely worked with national, regional and international scientists across the world. Through these collaborations, joint publications have been produced and also research grants and equipment's have been acquired. In terms of mentorship, I have co-supervised thirteen PhD and thirty two MSc students (including some from Eastern African region) to completion. I have served as the Program Officer (2006-2009), and later as the Assistant Secretary (2009-2013) of a regional organization called, the Natural Product Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA). As one of the leaders of this network, I have been involved in organizing a number of symposia and workshops, and also coordinated postgraduate scholarships, which has promoted collaborative research in the region. In recognition of this I have been elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Science as of February 2017. 

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