Dr. Henry Curtis Kariuki, Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology
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Science Complex, Basement Floor, Main Campus

“The Department of Microbiology and Parasitology is responsible for teaching various aspects of Tropical Diseases, Epidemiology, Ecology and Control of those diseases to all students taking Medical Sciences. In addition, the Department participates in International and National Research activities, and also including guidance of Students in their Research Projects” – Dr. Henry Curtis Kariuki


I have worked on parasitic diseases research for over 30 years and have contributed to over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications, mainly on Schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthes, malacology and malaria. Over the years I have gathered vast experience in various aspects of parasitology and the organization of field-based research and control activities.

Since joining KeMU in January 2012, I have gained a lot of experience in teaching, especially in Parasitology, which includes Helminthology, Protozoology, Entomology and Medical Malacology. I have also lead a team of lecturers and some students in a community-based research on the prevalence of some helminths and protozoa of medical importance in Tharaka South, the results of which have been published in the KeMU journal IJPP of 2019, as a means of introducing field research activities to our students. I also guide students in surveillance and distribution of ectoparasites and various vectors of parasitic infections in various areas in Meru.  

In my capacity as a Schistosomiasis and Malacology Specialist, I continue collaboration with various Institutions including University of Cambridge, UK; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; The Case Western Reserve University, USA; KEMRI; Ministry of Health Kenya; Vector Control Division Uganda; NIMR, Tanzania and The World Health Organization.

I have also supervised various cadres of students, including two PhD; one as the external supervisor and the other as a mentor; Masters and several BSc students especially here in KeMU


  • Ph.D, Institute of Population Biology, Faculty of Natural Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Dissertation on Comparative Ecological Studies on Transmission of Schistosoma mansoni and Population Dynamics, Taxonomy and Molluscicide Sensitivity of Biomphalaria Pfeifferi, Intermediate Host of S. mansoni in Two Areas of Machakos District, Kenya
  • MSc,  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases, London University, U.K.: Medical Parasitology and Entomology
  • Post-graduate studies and research on Human IgG subclass responses to carbohydrate epitopes of Schistosoma mansoni. Department of Pathology, Moreno Institute, Cambridge University

Short Courses

  • Biology and Control of Vectors in Urban areas: Monrovia, Liberia
  • Malacology and General Schistosomiasis: Danish Bilharziasis Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Identification of Helminths of Economic Importance: Commonwealth Institute of Parasitology, St. Albans, U.K
  • Data handling and Biostatistics; Use of SPSS/PC+ and Computer Graphics Packages: Darwendale, Zimbabwe
  • Epidemiology of AIDS, Introduction to Biostatistics and Principles of Epidemiology: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA .Epidemiology: Methods of Epidemiologic Research, Epidemiology and Health Policy; Conducting Epidemiologic Research and Advanced study Design. Erasmus University Medical School, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Methods in Epidemiology: AIDS International Training and Research Program. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Cleveland, USA
  • VII International Symposium on Schistosomiasis: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Over 100 Peer-Reviewed Publications, a few of which include:

Research Interests

  • Schistosomiasis
  • Malacology
  • Vector-Borne Diseases including Malaria and Leishmaniasis
  • Biological control of vectors of tropical diseases


Aptitude in medical Research activities92%
Passion and capability of teaching98%
Provision of mentorship and role model to our students to make them competent future leaders94%
Reviewing of publication manuscripts94%