Message from Dr. Franklin Nyabuga
Hello and welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Embu.
Biology explores all aspects of life from Biomolecules to Ecosystems and Communities. The Department of Biological Sciences advances an understanding of biological structure and function, and endeavors to develop solutions to address current and emerging problems facing all living organisms in their environments. The department strives to integrate research and teaching to create opportunities in training of future transformative leaders in Biology.
The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the Departments at the School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Embu. Founded at the nascent stages of the University, a major goal of the Department is to provide training and promote cutting edge research in areas that are central to Biology now and into the future.
The Department has made remarkable progress in training undergraduate learners in four programmes namely: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology, and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management. For details about each programmes, Click Here.
The Department also offers postgraduate training leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees. The postgraduate programmes include: Applied Microbiology, Applied Parasitology, Genetics, Entomology, Plant Ecology and Biology of Conservation. For details about each programmes, Click Here.
The students at all levels of learning have opportunities to put theoretical experiences into practical use in our well-equipped laboratories.
Our academic staff include a complement of skilled trainers and scientists who strive to advance our knowledge in Biological Sciences. Research in the Department examines life across scales of size, from microorganisms to macro-organisms to the relationships of organisms and populations in ecosystems. Faculty interests are currently identified in three broad areas: Ecology and Environmental Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology, and Biochemistry and Genetics. These thematic areas are geared towards developing solutions and innovations to emerging societal problems. For details about each faculty member, Click here.
Franklin Nyabuga, PhD.
Biological Sciences Staff Profiles
- Prof. Eucharia Kenya
- Prof. Kiplagat Kotut
- Prof. Nancy Budambula
- Prof. Romano Mwirichia Kachiuru
- Dr Jamleck Muturi
- Dr. Justin Nyaga
- Dr. Hannah Karuri
- Dr. Franklin Nyabuga
- Dr. Rossa N. Nyoike
- Dr. Michael Njoroge Githaiga
- Dr. Josephine Ngunjiri
- Dr Sarah Naulikha Kituyi
- Dr. Julius N. Mugweru
- Alex Cherutic Kipnyargis
- Dr. Daniel Mutiso Nthiwa
- Mr. Joshua Kiilu Muli
Latest Publications from the Department
- Muli J.K., Neondo J.O., Kamau P.K., Michuki G.N., Odari E. and Budambula N.L.M. (2022). Genetic diversity and population structure of wild and cultivated Crotalaria species based on genotyping-by-sequencing. PLoS ONE 17(9): e0272955. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0272955
- Akoth P., H. M. Makonde, N.L.M. Budambula and H. I. Boga (2022). Morphological and molecular characterisation of termite species in Taita Taveta County, Kenya. Journal of Microbiology Research. https://academicjournals.org/journal/AJMR/article-full-text-pdf/A1A8D3068958
- Omire, A., Neondo, J., Budambula, N. L.M., Wangai, L., Ogada, S., and Mweu, C. (2022). Genetic diversity and population structure of doum palm (Hyphaene compressa) using genotyping by sequencing. Frontiers in Genetics. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2022.762202
- Kemboi, B., Karuri, H., Nyaga, J. and Kingsbury, A. 2022. Vertical distribution of plant-parasitic nematodes in sweet potato. Journal of Nematology, 54: 1-12.
- Maina, S., Karuri, H. and Mugweru, J., 2022. Nematode diversity and its association with soil properties in monocrop pigeon pea. Journal of Agriculture and Food Research, 9: 100336.
- Maina, S., Karuri, H. and Mugweru, J., 2022. Nematode assemblages, food web indices and metabolic footprints in maize-pigeon pea agro-ecosystems. Heliyon, e10189.
- Karuri, H. (2022). Root and soil health management approaches for control of plant-parasitic nematodes in sub-Saharan Africa. Crop Protection, 105841.
- Kanyi, N., Karuri, H., Nyasani, J. and Mwangi, B. 2022. Termite species and functional groups in maize intercrop systems in Machakos County, Kenya. Crop Protection, 153: 10588
- Kiriamburi, J., Muturi, J., Mugweru, J., Forsgren, E., & Nilsson, A. (2021). Efficacy of two commercial disinfectants on Paenibacillus larvae spores.
- Muriuki S.W., M. S. Rengan and N. L. M. Budambula (2021). Prokaryotic diversity and potentially pathogenic bacteria in vended foods and environmental samples. Annals of Microbiology 71:27 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13213-021-01640-w
- Nzivo M. M. and N. L.M. Budambula (2021). Mutations and Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 Compared to Selected Corona Viruses during the First Six Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review. J Pure Appl Microbiol 15(2):524-533 https://doi.org/10.22207/JPAM.15.2.19
- Muli J.K. , J. O. Neondo , P. K. Kamau , E. Odari and N. L. M. Budambula (2021). Phenomic characterization of Crotalaria germplasm for crop improvement. CABI Agric Biosci (2021) 2:10 https://doi.org/10.1186/s43170-021-00031-0