Title/Qualifications: Ph.D
Department/Unit/Section: Medical laboratory Science
Contact Address:
P.O Box 43844-00100 Nairobi
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Senior Lecturer
Area of Specialization:
Immunology, Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity
Research Interests:
Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Science, and Synthetic Biology
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ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3721-1587


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Articles in Refereed Journals-

  • Odhiambo A K., Omondi M O., Kinyagia B M., Karembu M., Muturi M W., Miano D., Ngure, G., Omondi B C. (2022). Synthetic Biology Regulatory Opportunities and Gaps in Kenya: Expert Perspectives and Expectations. International Journal of Innovative Science and Research Technology. Volume 7, Issue 10 p 194-214. ISSN No:-2456-2165.
  • Njue JK, Muturi M, Kamau L, Lwembe R. Primary and Triage Cervical Screening Diagnostic Value of Methods for the Detection of Cervical Dysplasia. Biomed Res Int. 2022 Sep 17;2022:1930102. doi: 10.1155/2022/1930102. PMID: 36164451; PMCID: PMC9509218.
  • Njue JK, Muturi M, Kamau L, Lwembe R. 2021. Human Papillomavirus Types Associated with Cervical Dysplasia among HIV- and Non-HIV-Infected Women Attending Reproductive Health Clinics in Eastern Kenya. Biomedical Research International, Volume 2021 | Article ID 2250690 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/2250690
  • Rapando, J.W., Ngugi, M.P., Muturi, M and Ogutu, J.O. (2021 preprint) Phytochemical Composition and Antibacterial Activities of the Ethyl Acetate Leaf Extract of Ocimum basilicum. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7420-7029
  • Njue, J. K., Muturi, M. W., Kamau, L., Muriuki, J., Lwembe, R. (2021) Human Papillomavirus Infection: Molecular Epidemiology and Acceptability of Screening and Vaccination among Women in Eastern Kenya Counties. African Journal of Health Sciences 34 (3), 278-293.
  • Walekhwa, M., Kagia, R., & Muturi, M. (2021). Immune Responses to SARS CoV-2: A Scoping Review. European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 3(2), 10-16. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejmed.2021.3.2.766
  • Walekhwa, M., Muturi, M., Tonui,J., Suge. T., & Kabera, B. (2021). Comparison of disk-diffusion and E-test methods for in-vitro susceptibility of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates to oxacillin and ceftriaxone. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 15(1), 69-74. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJMR2020.9356
  • Aluora, P.O., Muturi, M.W. & Gachara, G. (2020) Seroprevalence and genotypic characterization of HBV among low-risk voluntary blood donors in Nairobi, Kenya. Virol J 17, 176. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12985-020-01447-2
  • Amulioto, J., Muturi, M. W., Mathenge, S., & Mutua, G. M. (2020). Antibiotic susceptibility patterns of bacteria isolates from post-operative wound infections among patients attending Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Kenya. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 14(8), 420-425.
  • Musavini, G.K., Muturi, M. & Menza, N. (2020) Prevalence and Knowledge of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Infections among Voluntary Blood Donors in Nairobi, Kenya. J Infect Dis Res, 3(1): 66-77.
  • Musa, A. A., Muturi, M.W., Musyoki, A.M, et al. (2020). Arboviruses and Blood Meal Sources in Zoophilic Mosquitoes at Human-Wildlife Interfaces in Kenya. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis.;20 (6):444-453. doi:10.1089/vbz.2019.2563.
  • Ngetsa, C. J., Heymann, M.W., Thiong'o, A., Wahome, E., Mwambi, J., Karani, C., Menza, N. C., Mwashigadi, G., Muturi, M W. et al. (2020) Rectal gonorrhoea and chlamydia among men who have sex with men in coastal Kenya. Wellcome Open Res. 2020 Feb 19; 4:79. doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15217.3. PMID: 32647750; PMCID: PMC7323594.
  • Walekhwa, M., Muturi, M., Gunturu, R., Kenya, E., & Kabera, B. (2019). Streptococcus pneumoniae Serotype Epidemiology among PCV-10 Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children at Gertrude's Children's Hospital, Nairobi County: A Cross-Sectional Study. F1000Research, 7, 879. doi:10.12688/14387.2.
  • Karlsen, F., Muturi, M., Muyabwa, C., Roseng, L. E., Bigabwa, S., Chihongola, B., & Muchiri, L. (2018). The potential of RNA as a target for national screening of pre-cancer. Journal of public health in Africa, 9(3), 866. doi:10.4081/jphia.2018.866.
  • Menza, N.C & Muturi, M.W (2018). Occurrence of Aflatoxigenic Aspergillus Species in Peanut Varieties in Busia and Kisii Central Districts, Kenya. Open Journal of Medical Microbiology 8 (4), 98-108
  • Mangare, N.E., Muturi, M.W. and Gachara, G. (2018) Seroprevalence of cytomegalovirus Infection and Associated Risk Factors among Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infected Patients Attending Thika Level 5 Hospital,Kenya. Open Journal of Immunology, 8, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.4236/oji.2018.8100.
  • Ngala J.C., Muturi M.W., Mbogo C.M., Schmidt-chanasit J., and Rono M.K. (2018). Spatial and temporal distribution of Aedes species and their infection status by dengue and chikungunya viruses along the Coastline of Kenya, Journal of Mosquito Research, 8(5): 18-31 (doi: 10.5376/jmr.2018.08.0005).
  • Kiyeng, D. K., Muturi, M. W., & Emonyi, W. I (2018).  Seroprevalence of transfusion transmissible infections in Eldoret Regional Transfusion Centre, Kenya. Journal of Advanced Research in Applied Sciences 2 (2), 1-5.
  • Onyambu M.O., Kahiga T., M., Nyamari. J.M. (2018) Phenotypic and Molecular Characterization of Pathogenic Bacteria Isolated from Commercialized Herbal Products in Kenya. Int J Pharmacogn Chinese Med 2018, 2(2): 000132.
  • Lameck, N. O., Muturi, M. W., Luquero, F. (2018). Prevalence and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Profiles of Vibrio Cholerae Serotypes in Juba, South Sudan, International annals of Medicine Vol 2 No 5 DOI: https://doi.org/10.24087/IAM.2018.2.5.448
  • Kanyina, E. W., Kamau, L and Muturi, M. (2017). Cervical precancerous changes and selected cervical microbial infections, Kiambu County, Kenya, 2014: a cross sectional study, BMC Infectious Diseases (2017) 17:647 DOI 10.1186/s12879-017-2747-4.
  • Menza, N.C., Muturi, M.W & Kamau, L.M (2016). Oil Contents and Aflatoxin Levels in Peanuts Varieties Produced in Busia and Kisii Central Districts, Kenya Trop Med Surg 4 (204), 2.
  • Cheruiyot, S.E., Muturi, M.W and Bii, C. (2015). Antifungal activities of Camellia sinensis crude extract, mixture with milk, on selected pathogenic and mycotoxic fungi. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research. Vol. 9(42), pp. 1070-1080, 10 November, 2015 DOI: 10.5897/JMPR2015.5939 Article Number: D5935FF56374 ISSN 1996-0875.
  • Menza, N. C., Muturi W. M and Kamau, M. L. (2015)."Incidence, Types and Levels of Aflatoxin in Different Peanuts Varieties Produced in Busia and Kisii Central Districts, Kenya Open Journal of Medical Microbiology, Vol.5 No.4, 2015.
  • Cheruiyot, S.E., Muturi, M. & Bii, C. (2015). Antifungal activities of Camellia sinensis crude extract on selected pathogenic and Mycotoxic fungi. J Bacteriol Mycol 2 (2), 1015.
  • Aballa, A, Muturi, M.W., Muhoho, N Odada 2014 “Morbidity Assessment and characterization of Flea species responsible for Tungiasis in Kisumu County, Kenya.” East and Central Africa Medical Journal Vol
  • Nyangahu, D., Muturi, M and Ochola, L. (2014). The Role of Schistosoma Mansoni Eggs in Protection against Plasmodium Berghei Infected Mice. Advances in Life Science and Technology Vol.25
  • BioWeapons Monitor. 2013 bwpp.org/ documents /BWM2013 WEB.pdf ISBN: 978-1-85143-2738
  • Matonge P. M., Muturi M. and Kamau Lucy M (2013) Persistence of Schistosoma Haematobium and Geohelminthes Infection in Residents of Two Villages in Msambweni District of Coast Province, Kenya American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease, 2013, Vol. 1, No. 4, 41-46 Available online at  DOI: 12691/ajeid-1-4-3
  • Menza N, Wanyoike W, Muturi M (2013) Identification and Susceptibility Profile of vaginal Candida species to Antifungal agents among pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic of Thika District Hospital, Kenya. Open Journal of Medical Microbiology, 2013, 3, 239-247 Published Online December 2013 (http://www.scirp.org/journal/ojmm) http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojmm.2013.34036
  • Menza N, Wanyoike W, Muturi M (2013).

 Prevalence of vaginal candidiasis and determination of the occurrence of Candida Species in Pregnant Women Attending the Antenatal Clinic of Thika District Hospital, Kenya.  Open Journal of Medical Microbiology, 2013, 3, 264-272 Published Online December 2013 (http://www.scirp.org/journal/ojmm)http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojmm.2013.34040

  1. Kenya Eucharia, Muturi Margaret and Chandre Gould (2012). Assessment of the Capacity of Research and Diagnostic Laboratories in Nairobi, Kenya Report.  70 pages. The first Biosecurity report publication in Kenya.
  2. BioWeapons Monitor. 2012 bwpp.org/ documents /BWM2012 WEB.pdf ISBN: 978-1-85143-270-7.
  1. BioWeapon Monitor, 2011 bwpp.org/documents/BWM 2011 WEB.pdf ISBN: 978-3-00-036561-4.
  1. BioWeapons Monitor 2010 bwpp.org/documents/BWM 2010 WEB.pdf ISBN: 978-3-00-033182-4.

Articles in press

  • Ngala CJ, Muturi MW and Rono MK (2020). Phylogeny of Aedes mosquitoes, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses along the Coastline of Kenya. Journal of Entomolgy.    Received: January 23, 2020; Accepted: Feb 06, 2020

Articles in conference proceedings

  • Onjula R, Ogweno OG, Muturi M, Waweru P, Nyagol J, Omonge E. Increased Platelet Expression in HIV Positive Treatment Naïve Patients Does not Correlate with CD4 Count. May 25-29, 2016; 62nd Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) of International Society in Thrombosis Haemostasis (ISTH), Montpellier, France. The ISTH’s conference attendees are usually clinicians and basic scientists with special interests in thrombosis and bleeding disorders among other related blood disorders.
  • Kenya and M. Muturi (2011). The preparedness for implementation of the chemical weapons convention (CWC) in Kenya Seminar Proceedings 11-12 April 2011, OPCW Headquarters, The Hague. Presenter Dr Muturi
  • Muturi MW et al (2006) Cultured Enzyme linked immunospot assay (Elispot) enhances detection of low HIV-1 specific immune responses in exposed seronegative individual in Kenya. Retrovirology 2006 (suppl: 1) P44). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1742-4690-3-S1-P44
  • Muturi MW., et al (2005). Recruitment and follow up of High-risk HIV negative volunteers in preparation for HIV vaccine trials: Kenyan case. Retrovirology 2005 (suppl: 1) P68.


  • The in silico and in vitro methodology of determining the most important portion of a unique mRNA of an infectious microorganism, the aptamer complement sequence and the final detection mechanism.


Book chapter


  • An assessment of the capacity of research and diagnostic laboratories in Nairobi, 2012, WHO and Kenyatta University.
  • Continuous professional development policy guidelines for medical laboratory professionals 2013, MOH, Kenya.


  • Proceedings from 10th Annual Decolonizing Conference 2018 EU Kenya, NP Njiruh, W Njoki, C Gitonga, M Muturi, M King’endo. University of Embu, Kenya.


 Participation in Workshops/Seminars

  • 28th May 2022 Science Diplomacy Webinar at University of Embu
  • 19th May 2022 KENRIS and STI mainstreaming training webinar at Kenyatta University
  • May 5th, 2021 Motherhood and career retention in STEMM: Systemic barriers and actionable solutions organized by Mothers in Science
  • 12th October, 2020 Unpacking the Global Launch of COVID-19 Ag-RDT Testing Webinar by African Society of laboratory medicine
  • 12th June 2020 Laboratory Diagnosis of COVID-19 – Updates and Insights from KEMRI Webinar
  • 22nd -24th July 2019 Resource Mobilization training workshop, school of monetary Studies Nairobi
  • 2019 One day Training of trainers’ workshop for staff mentors and growing leaders Facilitators held at BSSC, Kenyatta University.
  • 22nd to 25th May 2018 Human Resource for Health (HRH) Kenya Mechanism Lead and Satellite institution curriculum update workshop held at Hotel Cathy, Nakuru.
  • 5th to 10th March 2018 USAID/HRH Kenya Master of Trainers Mentorship workshop held at Merica Hotel Nakuru.

·         13th June 2017 Facilitated a workshop on Laboratory Bio-Security Awareness Raising for Life Science researchers at KUCC, Kenyatta University.

  • Scientists’ media communications training workshop 21st to 22nd October 2015 at Royal Orchid Azure Hotel, Nairobi.

·         30-31st May 2017 Human Resource for Health Inter-County Stakeholders Co-ordination Forum for Nairobi Metropolitan Cluster at Machakos.

  • 27th March -31st, 2017 March Workshop to develop standards and accreditation checklist for model centres of learning (centres of excellence & practicum sites to meet requirements for teaching HIV, FP/RMNCAH), Maanzoni, Machakos County.
  • 2015, 31st Nov-5th Dec, Plenary statement to the 20th Session of The Conference of the States Parties to The Chemical Weapons Convention, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • 2015, 17th - 18th Sept 15th Annual HuQAS Scientific conference at the Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Nacece Resource Center Nairobi: Presentation on - Scientific Abstract Writing and Developing Good Presentations Practices.
  • 2014 16th -18th Sept Completed a workshop in scientific writing, grant application and public Science communication, supported by WHO and hosted by the University of Nairobi.
  • 2014 July, Facilitating a Training Workshop on adult antiretroviral treatment (ART) at SACDEP, Thika
  • 2014 7th and 8th February, Facilitating a Training Workshop on New HIV Testing Algorithm at Wajir County Referral Hospital Resource Center, Wajir County.
  • 28th February to 4th March 2014, Kenyatta University Senior managers e-learning workshop, North Coast Beach Hotel.
  • 25–26, February 2014, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004): identification of effective implementation practices by examining UNSCR 1540 (2004) after a decade of its existence, New Delhi, India
  • 2013 26th Aug to 5th September, Facilitating a Training Workshop on HIV prevention of Mother to Child transmission, Chania Tourist Lodge, Thika.
  • 19 April, 2013 The Third Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention held from 8-19 April, 2013, World Forum Convention Centre, The Hague.
  • 8-10 Jan, 2013 Attended the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 Civil Society Forum–Opportunities for engagement Vienna Austria.
  • 28-31 August, 2012 PACE training in innovative teaching and Clinical mentorship workshop
  • 22nd August, 2012 Facilitation of a Laboratory Biosafety Sensitization Workshop organized by KUIBC at Kenyatta University
  •  April 28-30, 2010 Attended a workshop on establishment of Malaria Reference Laboratory for Division of Malaria Control (DOMC) in Kenya, Nakuru, Kenya, Attended African Regional UNSCR1540 workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity, United Nations HQ NRB
  • Feb 2-4, 2010. Attended the Development Partners in Higher Education (DelPHE) project inception workshop 2nd – 3rd March 2009, Kenyatta University.
  • May 28-30, 2008 Attended Regional Biosecurity Workshop   Johannesburg, South Africa.


  • KENYA, E.U and MUTURI, M.W. (2011).  The Preparedness for Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention Requirements in Kenya. Seminar on OPCW’s Contribution in the Security & Non-Proliferation.  Organized by the Organization for the prohibition of Chemical Weapons.  11 – 13th April 2011.  The Hague Netherlands.
  • KENYA, E.U. and MUTURI, M.W. (2010).  Country Report for Kenya: Bioweapons Monitoring Project. BioWeapons Monitor Coordination Meeting: A side event of the Expert Committee Meeting of the United Nations Bioweapons Convention.  23rd – 27th August 2010, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • KENYA, E.U. and MUTURI, M.W. (2010).  Country Report for Kenya: Bioweapons Monitoring Project. BioWeapons Monitor Coordination Meeting: A side event of the Expert Committee Meeting of the United Nations Bioweapons Convention.  23rd – 27th August 2010, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Convening and coordinating conferences

  • 2021 September, Member of the organizing committee for the international conference Women in Science without boarders (WISWB) to be held at University of Embu from 2nd -5th November, 2021.
  •  September, 2014-2016, Member of the University organizing committee for the international conference on patient centered care held at Kenyatta University.
  • 4th March, 2014, Organizer Medical Laboratory Science HIV Consolidation Workshop, Kenyatta University and University of Nairobi, in partnership with College of Health Sciences held at Kenyatta University.
  • 16-17 September, 2011, Organizing the World Health Organization (WHO) Self-assessment questionnaire on responsible life sciences research for global health security training, KIE.