Purity Gacheri is a lecturer and the head of department of Biological Sciences at Mount Kenya University since 2013 to-date. She holds a MSc. Degree in Biotechnology from Kenyatta University and a BED Science (Bot/Zoo and Maths) degree from the same institution.
She is a skilled trainer in the field of Biotechnology with expertise in plant biotechnology, genetics and molecular biology. Owing to her leadership roles as a head of department for about 5 years, Purity has hands on experience in people management, mentorship, student affairs, examination management, curriculum development, education management and administration amongst other related skills.
PhD Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, May 14th 2011.
Dissertation: Molecular, biochemical and toxicological evaluation of anticholinesterases for the control of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey R. Bloomquist, PhD
MSc Biochemistry, Jomo-Kenyatta University (JKUAT/ICIPE), Kenya, July 22nd 2005.
Thesis: Molecular analysis of pyrethroid knock-down resistance genes in mosquito populations from Kenya. Advisors: Dr. John Githure, PhD (ICIPE); Dr. Peter Lomo (JKUAT)
BSc Biology, Jomo-Kenyatta University (JKUAT), Kenya, April 3rd 2001 Second Class Upper (Hons); Specialization: Biochemistry and Chemistry
Research Capacity Building Training Workshop, July 2017, Mount Kenya University, Thika Campus.
Leadership and Change Management training, icipe Duduville Feb 2017 by the Raiser Resource Group.
Institutional Ethics Review Committee’s Capacity Needs Assessment Workshop, July 2016, Naivasha Kenya.
East Africa Stakeholder Engagement (SE) Workshop: SE in Research, The Social License, the SE Cycle, SE Tools for Mapping, Planning and Recording, and Science Communication; 11-14 Aug 2014 Entebbe, Uganda.
Advanced Professional Certification and Accreditation in Project Management and Management Consulting at the London School of Business and Finance, 1- 8 June 2015, London, UK.
Laboratory Biorisk and Biocontainment Training, icipe-Duduville, 21-25 July, 2014, Nairobi-Kenya.
Perugia Summer Insectary Course on Maintenance of mosquito colonies in Arthropod Containment Facilities, 10-30 May, 2014, Genomics Sciences Centre, University of Perugia, Italy.
Communications Training: Branding and Messaging, Use of Key Messages, and Crisis Communication and Management, 21-23 Jan 2014 icipe-Mbita campus, Kenya.
Transgenic Facilities Readiness Training II: Regulatory Agencies, Application for Contained Experiments and Stakeholder Engagement, 9-13 Sept, 2013, icipe-Mbita campus, Kenya.
Transgenic Facilities Readiness Training I: Biosafety, Risks, SOPs and Emergency Preparedness, 12-18 May 2013, Entebbe, Uganda.
Advanced Techniques in Anopheles Culture, 12-18 Aug, 2008 by the American Type Culture Collection, CDC Atlanta GA, USA.
Title: Mosquito attract-and-kill strategies for malaria control, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation; Collaborator: Louisiana State University, USA; Total amount USD 100,000 in which an award of USD 25,000 was for the icipe research component (co-PI)
Title: Evaluating the Eave-tube technology using An. gambiae and An. arabiensis mosquitoes under semi-field condition in western Kenya, Funded by In2Care BV, The Netherlands under the European Union Mosquito Contamination Devices (MCD) Project; Duration: April-July 2015; Amount USD 18, 131 (co-PI).
Publications (from the most recent):
Quinlan MM, Clark L, Mutunga JM, Diabaté A, Namountougou M, Coulibaly MB, Sylla L, Kayondo J, Balyesima V, Benedict M, Raymond P. Studies of transgenic mosquitoes in disease endemic countries: preparation of containment facilities (Submitted to Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Aug 2017)
M. Megan Quinlan, Mark Q. Benedict, Josephine Birungi, Lorna Clark, Mamadou B. Coulibaly, Abdoulaye Diabate, Luca Facchinelli, Jonathan Kayondo, Wolfgang Richard Mukabana, James Mutunga, Tony Nolan, Peter Raymond (2017). Preparing for containment studies of genetically modified mosquitoes in disease endemic countries: the broad concept of facilities readiness (Submitted to Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Aug 2017 )
Ogola E, Owino V, Omondi D, Mabuka D, Orindi B, Mutunga J, Villinger J and Masiga D (2017). Malaria vectors and their blood-meal sources in three small islands of Lake Victoria in western Kenya (Under review Malaria Journal, July 2017)
Moukam Kakmeni F.M., Guimapi Ritter Y.A., Ndjomatchoua F.T., Mutunga J.M. and Tonnang E.H.Z. Spatial panorama of malaria prevalence in Africa under climate change and interventions scenarios. (Under 2nd review at Parasites and Vectors, July 2017)
Janneke Snetselaar, Basilio N Njiru, Beatrice Gachie, Phillip Owigo, Rob Andriessen, Katey Glunt, Anne J Osinga, James Mutunga, Marit Farenhorst and Bart G J Knols (2017). Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa. III: Prototyping and evaluation against Anopheles gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis under semi-field conditions in western Kenya. Malaria Journal, 16:276. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-017-1926-5
Muema JM, Nyanjom SG, Mutunga JM, Njeru SN and Bargul JL. Green tea proanthocyanidins cause impairment of hormone-regulated larval development and reproductive fitness via repression of juvenile hormone methyltransferase, insulin-like peptide and cytochrome p450 genes in Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto. PLoS One. 2017. 12(3):e0173564. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173564.
Muema JM; Bargul JL; Nyanjom SG; Mutunga JM and Njeru SN (2016). Potential of Camellia sinensis proanthocyanidins-rich fraction for controlling malaria mosquito populations through disruption of larval development. Parasites and Vectors, 9:512. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-016-1789-6
James M. Mutunga, Qiao-Hong Chen, Dawn M. Wong, Polo C-H. Lam, Jianyong Li, Maxim M. Totrov, Aaron D. Gross, Paul R. Carlier, and Jeffrey R. Bloomquist (2016). Bivalent Carbamates as Novel Control Agents of the Malaria Mosquito, Anopheles gambiae.Chimia 70(10):704-708
Camerino E, Wong DM, Tong F, Körber F, Gross AD, Islam R, Viayna E, Mutunga JM, Li J, Totrov MM, Bloomquist JR, Carlier PR. (2015) Difluoromethyl ketones: Potent inhibitors of wild type and carbamate-insensitive G119S mutant Anopheles gambiae acetylcholinesterase. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. Vol 25(20):4405-11. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2015.09.019.
James M. Mutunga, Derek T. Craft, Troy D. Anderson, Daniel R. Swale, Fan Tong, Aaron Gross, Dawn M. Wong, Paul R. Carlier and Jeffrey R. Bloomquist (2015). Carbamate and pyrethroid resistance in the Akron strain of Anopheles gambiae. Pestic Biochem Physiol. 121:116-121. doi: 10.1016/j.pestbp.2015.03.001
A. Verma, D. M. Wong, R. Islam, F. Tong, M. Ghavami, Mutunga JM, C. Slebodnicka, J. Li, E. Viayna, P. C.-H. Lam, M. M. Totrov, J. R. Bloomquist, and P. R. Carlier. (2015). 3-Oxoisoxazole-2(3H)-carboxamides and isoxazol-3-yl carbamates: Resistance-breaking acetylcholinesterase inhibitors targeting the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. Bioorg. Med. Chem Vol 15;23(6):1321-40. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2015.01.026
Bloomquist, Jeffrey; Mutunga, James; Islam, Rafique; Verma, Astha; Ma, Ming; Totrov, Max; Carlier, Paul (2014). Voltage-Sensitive Potassium Kv2 Channels as New Targets for Insecticides (in) America Chemical Society Books: Biopesticides: State of the Art and Future Opportunities Vol. 1172: Chapter 6, pp 71–81. doi: 10.1021/bk-2014-1172.ch006
James M. Mutunga, Dhana Raj Boina, Troy D. Anderson, Jeffrey R. Bloomquist, Paul R. Carlier, Dawn M. Wong, Polo C.-H. Lam and Maxim. M. Totrov (2013). Neurotoxicology of bis(n)-tacrines on blattella germanica and drosophila melanogaster acetylcholinesterase. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 83 (4): 180-194.
Wong DM, Li J, Lam PC, Hartsel JA, Mutunga JM, Totrov M, Bloomquist JR, Carlier PR (2013). Aryl methylcarbamates: potency and selectivity towards wild-type and carbamate-insensitive (G119S) Anopheles gambiae acetylcholinesterase, and toxicity to G3 strain An. gambiae. Chem Biol Interact. 25; 203(1):314-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cbi.2012.09.001.
Wong DM, Li J, Chen Q-H, Han Q, Mutunga JM, et al. (2012). Select small core structure carbamates exhibit high contact toxicity to ‘‘Carbamate-Resistant’’ Strain malaria mosquitoes, Anopheles gambiae (Akron). PLoS ONE 7(10): e46712. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046712
Joshua A. Hartsel, Dawn M. Wong, James M. Mutunga, Ming Ma, Troy D. Anderson, Ania Wysinski, Rafique Islam, Eric A. Wong, Sally L. Paulson, Jianyong Li, Polo C.-H. Lam, Maxim Totrov, Jeffrey R. Bloomquist, Paul R. Carlier (2012). “Re-engineering aryl carbamates to confer high selectivity for inhibition of Anopheles gambiae vs human acetylcholinesterase” Bioorganic & Medicinal ChemistryLetters 22: 4593-4598. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bmcl.2012.05.103
James M. Mutunga, Troy D. Anderson, Dawn M. Wong, Paul R. Carlier, and Jeffrey R. Bloomquist (2010). Inhibition of Blattella germanica (German cockroach) acetylcholinesterase by tacrine dimers: Prospects for the molecular design of a selective insecticide for a household pest. Pesticides in Household, Structural and Residential Pest Management, American Chemical Society book chapter, Oxford University Press, Eds. Chris Peterson and Daniel Stout, Jan 2010, ISBN13: 9780841269675 pp 41-50.
Chen Hong; Githeko Andrew K; Githure John I; Mutunga James; Zhou Guofa; Yan Guiyun. Monooxygenase levels and knockdown resistance (kdr) allele frequencies in Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles arabiensis in Kenya. Journal of medical entomology 2008; 45(2): 242-50
Masters in Environmental Science (Pwani University ) Bachelors of Environmental Science ( Kenyatta Univeristy).
Sheila is currently a Tutorial fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences, School of Pure and Applied Sciences. She possess further profesional merit in climate change studies (UNITAR –UNCC Learn) and active member of Young Africa leaders’ initiative- YALI.
Sheila has solid knowledge in research and training with special focus in Environmental Science. She has carried out several research projects involving climate change and food security. Other areas of research interest include project planning, ecology, conservation, water and sanitation, sustainability, environmental impact assessment and environmental law.
Motivation and mentorship
She not only delivers course objectives but also mentor students to be what they meant to be. She motivates them to pursue with their career dreams through higher education and achieve their full potential regardless of ability, learning needs, language, ethnic origin or any other factor.
Publications and grants
Presented paper at an International conference, ‘SAVE EARTH expo 12th-18th November, 2013’ sponsored by East Africa Community (EAC)
A beneficiary of national research grant (NACOSTI-Kenya) for masters’ student project through competitive research proposals (publication in progress) Thesis Title “Effects of climate change and adaptation strategies of smallholder farmers in Kilifi, Embu and Budalangi.
Judith Museve is an experienced trainer, leader and manager having served in various positions. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Mentorship Program as well as a lecturer at Mount Kenya University (MKU). She served as the Dean of Students at MKU for 4 years. Judith has skills and experience in student management at University level. She has special skills in Guidance and Counselling (G&C) in addition to many Education and People Management skills. She is an excellent organizer and communicator in English and Swahili.
She is highly motivated, a go-getter and has a talent for quick mastery of new concepts and technology including ICT usage. A high work ethic with accurate and timely reports as well as meeting stringent organizational guidelines and policies. Is diplomatic with a high level of integrity and a demonstrated ability to forge and sustain professional and value adding networks. Flexible and versatile – able to maintain a sense of humour even when under pressure
An Analysis of Uptake in HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing Services: Case of
Mount Kenya University Students, Kenya. Journal of Public Policy and Administration Research. ISSN 2225-0972, Vol. 3, No 4, 2013