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Dossaji Saifuddin Fidahussein

Biological Sciences
University of Nairobi


DOSSAJI SAIFUDDIN FIDAHUSSEIN B.Sc.(Univ of Poona, India), M.Sc.(UoN, Kenya), Ph.D. (Univ of Texas at Austin) School of Biological Sciences, room BS 209, Chiromo Campus,

Research Interest

Biologically active compounds from Kenyan medicinal plants based on an ethnobotanical approach which can be used as a yardstick to identify templates for novel drugs with new mechanisms of action to combat antimicrobial and antimalarial resistant strains.  Bioactivity guided extraction, fractionation and isolation of active constituents of the selected Kenyan medicinal plants as potential candidates with therapeutic value in the treatment of parasitic tropical diseases and as antiinfectives against a wide range of pathogens.  Phytochemical and antifungal evaluation of Kenyan plants in the Management of Food Spoilage and Poisoning Pathogens in Kenya  Biochemical Systematics (Chemotaxonomy). Secondary natural compounds as taxonomic and phylogenetic markers.


  • Gakuubi, M, Wagacha J, Dossaji S, Wanzala W. 2016. Chemical composition and antifungal activity of essential oils of Tagetes minuta (Asteraceae) against selected phytopathogenic fungi. American Journal of Essential Oils and Natural Products. 4(3):16-26.

  • Musila, FM, Lukhoba CW, Dossaji SF, Nguta JM. 2017. Molecular Phylogeny of ten Kenyan Plectranthus species in the Coleus clade, 18 May. XXI AETFAT congress. , Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Odhiambo, JA, Lukhoba CW, Dossaji SF. 2017. Corms as an additional feature to identify Gladiolus spp., 18 May. XXI AETFAT congress

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