Message from the Chair
The Department of Biological Sciences at University of Embu has come of age and graduated the pioneer students on 30th September 2016. In addition to undergraduate students, the Department became the first Department in the University to graduate a PhD and Master of Science student. Dr. Mariciano Iguna Mutiga graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology Degree and Mr. Alex Kipnyargis Cherutich graduated with a Master of Science in Genetics Degree.There are four continuing Master of Science students and six Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students in the Department.
The Department currently boasts of highest qualified staff in the University including 2 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 1 Senior Lecturer, 3 lecturers, 1 Tutorial Fellow, 2 Research assistants, 1 Chief Technologist and 3 Technologists. The academic staff, who themselves are actively involved in research, are determined to advance the research portfolio, student supervision and publications. The academic staff have been widely published by top science publishers in the world including Nature, Elsevier, Springer and BioMed Central among others.The focus areas of the Department are; Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Entomology, Parasitology, Zoological Sciences, Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology. Current research interests of staff members includes:Agri-biotechnology, Bioprospecting for novel microorganisms from the environment, Microbial genetics and genomics, Bacterial Systematics, Metagenomics, Microbial ecology, Plant genetic diversity, Biodiversity of selected model groups of phytoplankton, Exploration of microalgae for biofuel production, Nematology and Crop Protection, Climate change and bio-adaptation.
As a department we are committed to assist our students complete their research proposals and thesis on time. We welcome you to try us on this.The department is endowed with well-equipped laboratories. The laboratories are equipped with a number of permanent, expendable and disposable equipment. In 2016, the Department won equipment grants and has received equipment from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Additional molecular biology equipment will be received from Seeding Labs.
Undergraduate degree programs in the Department are: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology, Biology, Environmental Conservation and Natural resources. We also support the Bachelor of Education (Science) students who take biology as a teaching subject. In addition, the Department offers service courses to Agriculture students. Postgraduate degree programs are Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Applied Microbiology, Genetics, Plant Ecology, Applied Parasitology, Hydrobiology and Entomology. These programs run on a full time basis.
To learn more about the department and the research interests of our staff, please visit the webpages of the department or contact our individual members of the department. You are also welcome to come, meet and talk with our staff members.