ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology is one of the twelve (12) Departments in the School of medicine. It is among the five (5) departments that were recently (April 2020) established in the School. The Department offers programs at certificate, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate levels. The department is envisaged to play a leading role in training of students specializing in medicine, nursing pharmacy, public health, microbiology, immunology, and parasitology. The trainees will receive excellent training that will enable them to compete in the challenging research, academic and/or clinical practice environments. As a Department, we play significant role of servicing other departments such as, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Public health, and the proposed Dental School.

MISSION

  • To be a leading center of excellence in teaching and research in the fields of Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology.
  • To provide services to our institution and the community at large.

VISION

  • To train highly skilled health-care professionals on basic and molecular knowledge of Microbiology, Parasitology, and Immunology so that they can be better prepared to provide excellent care to patients.
  • To train graduate students on how to conduct independent research, how to prepare manuscript for publications, and how to write and apply for grants proposals.

CORE VALUES

  • To uphold integrity in the provision of services.
  • To maintain professionalism in service provision.
  • To practice teamwork and meritocracy among members of staff and students.
  • To promote gender sensitivity in all spheres of training and research.
  • To promote creative, innovative, and inventive research in Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide a broad-based repertoire of medical microbiology, immunology, and parasitology knowledge.
  • To inculcate the theoretical framework and application of medical microbiology, immunology and parasitology principles and research methods in professional practice and research.
  • To equip the students with appropriate knowledge and professional ethics in research.
  • To provide a base on which students can further their careers in the medical field.    
  • To enhance collaborations and links with other institutions of higher learning and the industry. 

Departmental Collaborations
The Department has collaborations with various local and international institutions of higher learning

  • Leibniz Center for Medicine and Biosciences-Research Center Borstel, Germany.
  • University College London, United Kingdom.
  • Harbin Medical University, China.
  • Nagasaki University, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Japan.
  • Local NGOs
  • Local Universities and State Research Institutions.
  • Relevant Government Ministries
  • KEMRI

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our graduates will be qualified for recruitment/employment in a wide range of areas including:

  • Medical Research Institutions
  • Ministry of Health
  • Academic Institutions
  • Non-Governmental Organizations

 

Prof. Walter Jaoko
Professor of medical microbiology and tropical medicine, Director of KAVI and former Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology at University of Nairobi.

TEACHING STAFF PROFILES

NON-TEACHING STAFF

  1. Mr.  Isaac O. Midega – Senior Lab Technician
  2. Ms. Esline A. Orawo - Secretary
  3. Josphat Koome Mwaja - Junior lab technician.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department is responsible for MBChB programs which covers a three (3) semesters in Year II. These courses include:

  1. Bacteriology
  2. Immunology
  3. Parasitology
  4. Virology

Additionally, the Department also services courses in the BPharm and B.Sc. Nursing and Public Health programs.

Postgraduate Programs

We are in the process of restructuring and developing a Masters Program. Some of the faculty members in the Department are currently mentoring maters and PhD students.

Research interests fall within the following areas:

  • Medical Bacteriology
  • Molecular and Global Health Diagnostics
  • Mycobacteriology and Molecular Medicine
  • Medical Mycology
  • Medical Parasitology
  • Immunology
  • HPV
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Diabetes Mellitus and other NCDs
  • Epidemiology

Currently none.