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