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
Latest Publications from the Department
- Karuri, H. 2023. Nematode community response to intensive tomato production in the tropics. Rhizosphere, 25: 10068.
- Mokuah, D., Karuri, H. and Nyaga, J.M., 2023. Food web structure of nematode communities in irrigated rice fields. Heliyon, 9: e13183.
- Chebet, D., Musila, F. M., Kituyi, S. N., Muthike, G. M., & Kaigongi, M. M. (2022). Molecular Phylogeny of Selected Kenyan Eucalyptus Species Inferred from MatK, rbcL and TrnL-F Genes and Their Suitability for Power Transmission Poles. Diversity, 14(7), 563. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14070563
- Wachira, J. M., Kiplimo, D., Thuita, M., Masso, C., & Mwirichia, R. (2022). Community Structure of Nitrifying and Denitrifying Bacteria from Effluents Discharged into Lake Victoria, Kenya. Current Microbiology, 79(9), 1-10.
- Maina, S., Karuri, H., & Mugweru, J. (2022). Nematode diversity and its association with soil properties in monocrop pigeon pea. Journal of Agriculture and Food Research, 100336. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jafr.2022.100336
- Maina, S., Karuri, H., & Mugweru, J. (2022). Nematode assemblages, food web indices and metabolic footprints in maize-pigeon pea agro-ecosystems. Heliyon, e10189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e10189
- Kemboi,B.,Karuri,H., Nyaga,J. & Kingsbury,A.(2022).Vertical Distribution of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes in Sweet Potato. Journal of Nematology,54(1) -. https://doi.org/10.2478/jofnem-2022-0025
- Riungu, P. M., Nyaga, J. M., Githaiga, M. N., & Kairo, J. G. (2022). Value Chain and Sustainability of Mangrove Wood Harvesting in Lamu, Kenya. Trees, Forests and People, 100322. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tfp.2022.100322
- Bwana BK, Mireji PO, Obiero GF, Gakii C, Akoth MO, Mugweru JN, et al. (2022) Annotations of novel antennae-expressed genes in male Glossina morsitans morsitans tsetse flies. PLoS ONE 17(8): e0273543. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0273543
- Mbatha, A., Githaiga, M. N., Kiplagat, K., Kairo, J., & Mungai, F. (2022). How Sustainable is Mangrove Harvesting in Lamu? An Analysis of Forest Structure. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2022.2123357
- Phyllys, K., Ziro, O. W., Kissinger, G., Ngari, M., Budambula, N. L., & Budambula, V. (2022). Poly-drug use among female and male commercial sex workers visiting a drop in centre in Mombasa County, Kenya. PLOS Global Public Health, 2(11), e0001247. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0001247
- Kenya, E., Kinyanjui, G., Kipnyargis, A., Kinyua, F., Mwangi, M., Khamis, F., & Mwirichia, R. (2022). Amplicon-based assessment of bacterial diversity and community structure in three tropical forest soils in Kenya. Heliyon, e11577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e11577