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Dr. Joseph Mwanzia Nguta is a Veterinary surgeon by training and Pharmacologist and Toxicologist by specialization. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology (PHPT), University of Nairobi with fourteen (14) years’ experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision. He holds MSc and PhD qualifications in natural product Pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Nairobi. In addition, He holds Postdoctoral qualifications from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, where he pursued drug discovery against zoonotic tuberculosis from natural products of plant biodiversity. Specifically, He utilized whole cell assay and subcellular targets for lead compound identification and structural characterization of lead antimycobacterial compounds with rapid kill kinetics against latent, intracellular and active tuberculosis. These studies culminated in characterization of a new source steroidal sapogenin of spirostane type, solagenin (25S)-6α-hydroxy-5α-spirostan-3-one), with selective activity (SI index: 65) against the pathogenic Mycobacterium bovis (ATCC® 35720™) strain. These efforts led to publication of highly cited articles. Prior to the postdoctoral award by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Dr. Mwanzia Nguta was a doctoral and later a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology (PHPT), University of Nairobi, under support from Carnegie supported Regional Initiative in Science and Education, African Natural Products Network (RISE-AFNNET) University of Nairobi Node, investigating medicinal plants for antiprotozoal activity. These studies led to high impact articles. Dr. Mwanzia Nguta has supervised three (3) Doctoral (PhD) students and fifteen (15) Master of Science (MSc) students to completion. These graduates serve in Industry, Academia and in government. He has published cumulatively fifty one (51) articles in leading peer reviewed journals. These articles have continued to receive high level of citations. Dr. Mwanzia Nguta has attended sixty eight (68) workshops/symposia and has presented forty eight (48) papers/abstracts in both local and international scientific conferences, to his credit. He has a cumulative citation of 1039, h-index of 15 and i10-index of 21. He has been awarded a total of six (6) travel grants and three (3) research/development grants by both local and international institutions. He has attracted educational resourses from American Society for Microbiology and British Council. He has continued to offer community service, as a Veterinary surgeon and also as a member of society. Dr. Mwanzia Nguta was ranked position ninety seven (97) among the top one hundred (100) Kenyan Scientist by Webometrics in March 2015 (http://www.webometrics.info/en/node/106). In 2020/2021 Academic year, He was ranked among the top three Best Academicians in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and received the Vice Chancellors prize/recognition due to exemplary performance. He is the Country coordinator, One Health Ethics and Regulatory Procedures Project (OHEARP), and the Country Liason Officer, Global One Health Initiative (GOHi). Dr. Mwanzia Nguta was the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Young Ambassador for Science to Kenya, 2017-2020 (http://www.asm.org/index.php/this-week-in-international). Currently, He is the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Country Ambassador for Science to Kenya. Since 2017, Dr. Mwanzia Nguta was appointed as an Early Career Reviewer (ECR), by the Centre for Scientic Review (CSR), National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethseda, USA. He is an elected Member of Kenya National Academy of Sciences (MKNAS/217), a mark of academic integrity and distinction. Dr. Mwanzia Nguta has special research interests in Natural Product Pharmacology and Toxicology, specifically, antimicrobial drug discovery from microbial and floral biodiversity, and One Health and Emergency research ethics.

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