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Keriko Joseph Mungai

Department of Chemistry
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology


ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS PhD (1996); MSc.  (1988); B.Ed. Science (1983); Post doctoral course in Marine chemistry (2002) Full Professor (2010); Associate Professor (2004); Senior Lecturer (1996); Lecturer JKUAT (1991); Assistant Lecturer (1989) PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Member of the Japanese Society of Biosciences, Bio-resources and Biotechnology Member of the Japan Oil Chemical Society Founder and Governing Council Member of the Kenya Chemical Society (KCS) Vice Chairman of the Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA), Kenya Chapter Member of the Green Chemistry Research of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Member of the National Bio-fuel Development Corporation of Kenya (NBDC-K) Member of the Kenya Bio-Diesel Association (KBDA) Member of the Board of Directors of Ruiru-Juja water and sewerage company (Rujwasco) Member of the Green-fuel (WILMA) initiative on bio-fuel exploration Alumni member of the University of California’s Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Member of the Editorial Board of Green Chemistry – Letters and Reviews Registered Lead Expert in EIA/EA (NEMA, 2007).

Research Interest

Feasibility study of the availability and distribution of potential oil crops in Kenya such as Croton megalocarpus and Yellow oleander. Biofuel energy from locally available resources; an alternative tool to poverty reduction Investigation of lipid classes and the composition of fatty acids in fish lipids found in the Kenyan waters Survey of the Distribution of Medicinal Plants Isolation and characterization of bioactive compounds


  • Eunice N. Marete; Joseph M. Keriko; Mary W. Ndung’u. (2005). Biological studies of the extracts of the rootbark of Senecio lyratus (Asteraceae). Proceedings of the 5th Conference. The Kenya Chemical Society held at Kenyatta University, 22nd – 26th August, 2005, Pg 215 – 220.

  • Kareru, P. G.; Gachanja, A. N.; Keriko, J. M.; Kenji, G. M. (2008). Anti-microbial activity of some medicinal plants used by Herbalists in Eastern Province, Kenya. African Journal of Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Vol. 5(1). 51 – 55.

  • Kareru, P. G.; Keriko, J. M.; Gachanja, A. N.; Kenji, G. M. (2008). Direct detection of triterpenoid saponins in medicinal plants. African Journal of Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Vol. 5(1) 56 – 60.

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