Thursday, 26 April 2018
VISIT BY THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
University Management with a Team From The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Who Visited The University of Embu Courtesy of The Department of Biological Sciences on 26th February 2018
VISIT BY THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Dr Justin Nyaga, Chairman, Department of Biological Sciences Leads the SLU Team to the University Guest House.
VISIT BY THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Daniel Mugendi, Presenting a Gift Package to the SLU Team Leader Prof Helena Bylund.
2ND UNIVERSITY OF EMBU GRADUATION CEREMONY
Miss Susan Wairimu Muriuki (BSc Microbiology and Biotechnology, the best performing student in 2016/2017 receives award from the Chancellor during the 2nd graduation ceremony held on 15th September 2017.
2ND UNIVERSITY OF EMBU GRADUATION CEREMONY
Mr Sammy Musyoka (far right) graduated with MSc Plant Ecology during the 2nd graduation ceremony held on 15th September 2017.
1st Graduation Ceremony of EUC
Pioneer students graduate from the Department of Biological Science on 30th September 2016 Standing - BSc and BSc Biology among other Bachelor of Science students. Sitting - PhD in Ecology DrMutigain red gown and MSc in Genetics Mr Cherutich in black gown
1st Graduation Ceremony of EUC
The Chancellor of University of Nairobi, Dr (Mrs) VijooRattansi, prepares to confer the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Mariaciano Iguna Mutiga.
1st Graduation Ceremony of EUC
The Chancellor of University of Nairobi, Dr (Mrs) Vijoo Rattansi, confers the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Mariaciano Iguna Mutiga.

Message from the Chairman of Department

The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the departments in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences in the University of Embu. Founded at the nascent stages of the University, the Department has made remarkable progress and graduated the second cohort of students on 15th September, 2017.  During this graduation, the Department produced the best undergraduate student in the University Miss Susan Wairimu Muriuki who graduated with a First Class Honours, Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology. The Department was also the first Department in the University of Embu to graduate a PhD student, Dr. Mariciano Iguna Mutiga, who graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ecology in 2016 while Mr. Alex Kipnyargis Cherutich graduated with a Master of Science in Genetics. In 2017, Mr Sammy Musyoka graduated with a Master of Science in Plant Ecology.  Currently, there are fourteen continuing Master of Science students and six Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students in the Department.  Due to excellent performance, six undergraduate students in the class of 2017 were awarded full scholarships to pursue Master of Science in Applied Microbiology and Master of Science in Plant Ecology.

On the human resource front, the Department currently has two professors, one associate professor, one senior lecturer, ten lecturers, two tutorial fellows, two junior research fellows, one chief technologist and five technologists.  The academic staff, who themselves are actively involved in research and student supervision as evidenced by publications.  Members of 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; Microbiology, Ecology, Genetics, Entomology, Parasitology, Zoological Sciences, Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology. Current research interests of staff members include: 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, Agri-biotechnology, Climate change and bio-adaptation.

The Department is committed to ensuring that students complete their research proposals and theses 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 received equipment from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Additional molecular biology equipment were received from Seeding Labs in 2017.  Three members of the Department; Prof. Eucharia Kenya, Prof. Nancy Budambula and Dr. Romano Mwirichia competed for and won grants from the National Research Fund in 2016/2017.  During the 2017 calendar year, Prof. Nancy Budambula from the Department won the University of Embu, Researcher of the Year Award.

Undergraduate degree programs in the Department are: Bachelor of Science (BSc), BSc Biochemistry, BSc Microbiology and Biotechnology, BSc Biology and BSc Environmental Conservation and Natural resources. We also support the Bachelor of Education (Science) and Agriculture students. Postgraduate degree programs currently on offer are Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Applied Microbiology, Genetics, Plant Ecology, Applied Parasitology, Hydrobiology and Entomology. These programs currently run on a full time basis.

To learn more about the department and the research interests of our staff, please visit http://biologicalsciences.embuni.ac.ke/ or contact our individual members of the department. You are also welcome to meet and talk with our staff members.

Dr. Justin Nyaga,
Chairman of Department