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A Veterinary surgeon by training and Pharmacologist and Toxicologist by specialization, i am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology (PHPT), University of Nairobi with nine (9) years’ experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision. I hold MSc and PhD qualifications in natural product Pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Nairobi. In addition, i hold Postdoctoral qualifications from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, where I pursued drug discovery against zoonotic tuberculosis from natural products of plant biodiversity; specifically using 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. My 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. Prior to the postdoctoral award by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), I 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. I have supervised three (3) doctoral students and ten (10) Master of Science students to completion. I have published thirty six (36) articles in leading peer reviewed journals and I have thirteen (13) PubMed appearances. I have attended forty two (42) workshops/symposia and presented thirty one (31) papers in both local and international scientific conferences. I have a cumulative citation of 476, h-index of 10 and i10-index of 10. I have been awarded a total of nine (9) travel grants and three (3) research grants since my last promotion by both local and international institutions. I was ranked position ninety seven (97) among the top one hundred (100) Kenyan Scientist by Webometrics in March 2015. I am the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Young Ambassador for Science to Kenya, 2017-todate (http://www.asm.org/index.php/this-week-in-international) . Since 2017, I was appointed as an Early Career Reviewer (ECR), by the Centre for Scientic Review (CSR), National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethseda, USA. I have special interest in bioassay guided isolation and structural characterization of selective bioactive compounds against zoonotic tuberculosis from natural products.

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