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Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul K. Wainaina with the Phamarcy and Poison Board Members and Kenyatta University Staff from School of Pharmacy. The board visited KU for re-inspection of the University Pharmaceutical Programmes,
Bachelor of Pharmacy curriculum mapping workshop in collaboration with Nottingham University under the SPHEIR project in Naivasha on 8th-10th May 2019,
Students visit to Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS),
Students Practicum in a Medicinal Garden,
The Dean, Dr. Gladys Mwangi with Members of the School in a social event,

Title/Qualifications: Bsc, Msc, PhD
Department of Pharmacognosy & Pharmaceutical Chemistry
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Position: Lecturer
Area of Specialization:
Pharmacognosy and Complementary medicine
Research Interests:
herbal medicines,  Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) Africa traditional medicines
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Currently a Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy and  Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kenyatta University, I have interests in teaching, research and development in health sciences with key areas being Pharmacognosy, Complementary Medicine (Acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Africa traditional medicine) and Phytochemistry. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry from the University of Eastern Africa Baraton, a Master of Science degree in Pharmacognosy and Complementary medicine from the University of Nairobi, A Certificate in Traditional Chinese medicine from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China and a doctorate in Pharmacognosy from Kenyatta University

Research & Publications

  1. Onyambu MO, Gikonyo NK, Hudson N and Thoithi GN (2020). Macroscopic and Microscopic features of diagnostic value for Warbugia ugandensis, Sparague leaf and stem-bark herbal materials. Journal of Pharmacognosy and phytotherapy 112(2) 36-43
  2. Onyambu MO, Gikonyo NK, Nyambaka HN and Thoithi GN (2019). A review of trends in herbal drugs standardization, regulation and integration to the national healthcare systems in Kenya and the globe: International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Chinese Medicine Vol 3 issue 3
  3. Onyambu MO, Kahiga T, Muturi M, and Nyamari JM (2018) Phynotypic and molecular characterization of pathogenic bacteria isolated from commercialized herbal products in Kenya; International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Chinese Medicine Vol 2 issue 2
  4. Glady N Mokua, Geoffrey Mokua M, Augustus Onchari N and Onyambu Meshack O (2019), HIV/AIDS in Kisii county: current status and challenges; International journal of HIV/AIDS prevention, Education and behavioural science vol 5 issue 2: 147-155
  5. Onyambu MO, Glady N M, Geoffrey M M and Augustus O N (2020) Use of complementary and alternative interventions in the management of HIV/AIDS in Kisii county, Kenya. Family medicine and community health journal, BMJ ( paper under review and accepted for publication with minor corrections on 25th may 2020- manuscript ID fmch-2019-000279.R2)
  6. Onyambu MO, Osanjo G, Chepkwony H, Ouya O and Thoithi GN (2013) Microbial quality of unregulated herbal medicinal products in Kenya; African Journal of Pharmacology and therapeutics vol. 2, No. 3 pg 70-75, 2013: ISSN 2303-9841
  7. Geoffrey M M, Glady N M Augustus O N & Onyambu MO (2020). Partner notification services in kisii county, kenya: evaluating behaviour change communication strategies. Journal of Development Communication, Volume 30 (2)
  8. Geoffrey M M, Glady N M Augustus O N & Onyambu MO (2020). A Conceptual Analysis of Metaphors Engendering HIV and AIDS Related Stigma and Discrimination in Kisii County, Kenya. Journal of Language and Literature 14(2) April 2020
  9. Augustus O N, Geoffrey M M, Gladys N M Onyambu MO (2019). Communication strategies in the management of hiv and aids in kisii county, kenya: successes and gaps. International Journal of Communication Research

Books, Author and co-author 

  1. Meshack Onyambu and Jackim Nyamari (2011) Microbial Contaminants of Herbal medicines in Kenya. VDM Publishers ISBN 978-3-639-34874-3
  2. Onyancha Jared and Meshack Onyambu (2014) Phytochemistry and Biological activity of Hypericum keniense, Lap Publishers ISBN 978-3-659-24589-3
  3. Nyamari Jackim and Meshack Onyambu (2017) Improving food safety standards in hospitals through education. Lambert Academic Publishers ISBN 978-3-330-04431-9.


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