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Dr. Joseph Mwanzia Nguta, PhD, is a fellow of the Regional Institute in Science and Education African Natural Product Network (RISE-AFFNET). He is a lecturer (Pharmacology and Toxicology) and a Post-doctoral fellow in natural products in the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Nguta received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Nairobi on 09/09/2011 and MSc (Pharmacology and Toxicology) from the same university in 09/09/2007 under the supervision of Professor James M Mbaria. His M.Sc thesis focused on elemental speciation analysis of metals: copper, cobalt, zinc and selenium, exploring environmental and biological samples. His PhD research focused on the role of indigenous knowledge in drug discovery against the apicomplexan parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. He has published eleven (11) papers in internationally peer reviewed journals, where he is the first author in eight of them, and one book published by a major European press.

 He has presented seventeen (17) papers in scientific conference proceedings locally and internationally and attended twenty two (22) workshops. His research interests include pharmacological and toxicological evaluation of crude extracts and compounds from plant biodiversity used against Apicomplexan parasites. A variety of in vitro and in vivo assays and HPLC techniques are employed to assess the aforementioned activities and elucidate their mechanism of action.

My international academic assignment includes peer review in six (6) Pub Med indexed journals namely: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries (JIDC), Journal of Mountain Research and Development (MRD), Indian Journal of Pharmacology (IJP), International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, OMICS publishing group and Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry.

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