Dr. John Muchiri, Dean, Postgraduate Studies
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Dr. John Munderu Muchiri, Ph.D

Dean, Directorate of Postgraduate Studies

“Re-engineering Postgraduate Education for Leadership and Sustainable Development”


A published researcher and educationist in Agricultural Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Virology, Microbiology and Immunology. Focused to promote knowledge generation and advancement in diverse fields for translation to products and/ or policy change.

Key skills in scientific and academic writing, curriculum development, career advisory & mentorship, strategic management & leadership, with excellent & dynamic interpersonal relationship with people at all levels.

My own fascination and interest in science and research has never faded. However, my convictions that scientific research could offer more has broadened over time. Now, I do appreciate that applied research has the capacity to answer to the most basic of our daily needs like provision of clean water, alternative sources of fuel and energy, better health care, education etc.  This means with good planning, adequate capacity- both financial and human, the society needs can effectively be addressed.


  • Ph.D, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester, New York - USA
  • M.Sc, Biochemistry, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • B.Sc, Biochemistry/Chemistry, University of Nairobi, Kenya


  • Muchiri, J. M., Li, D., Dykes, C., and Bambara, R. A. (2013) . Efavirenz Stimulates HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase RNase H Activity by a Mechanism Involving Increased Substrate Binding and Secondary Cleavage Activity, Biochemistry, 2013, 52 (29), pp 4981–4990 (ISSN 1520-4995, DOI 10.1021/bi4006618q)
  • Muchiri, J. M., Rigby, S. T., Nguyen, L. A., Kim, B., and Bambara, R. A. (2011) HIV-1 reverse transcriptase dissociates during strand transfer, J. Mol. Biol. 412, 354-364. (ISSN 1089-8638, DOI 10.1016/j.jmb.2011.07.055)
  • Muchiri, J. M., Ascolillo, L., Mugambi, M., Mutwiri, T., Ward, H. D., Naumova, E. N., Egorov, A. I., Cohen, S., Else, J. G., and Griffiths, J. K. (2009). Seasonality of Cryptosporidium oocyst detection in surface waters of Meru, Kenya as determined by two isolation methods followed by PCR, J. Water Health 7, 67-75. (ISSN 1477-8920, DOI 10.2166/wh.2009.109)
  • Mushimiyimana, D., Kamau, P. A., & Muchiri, J. M. (2017) . Effect of regulated deficit irrigation and ridging on the performance of maize (Zea mays, L.) in Kenya. International Journal of Recent Research in Life Sciences,Vol. 4, Issue 3 (27-33). ISSN: 2349-7823
  • Mushimiyimana, D., Kamau, P. A., & Muchiri, J. M. (2017). Growth and yield response of maize varieties to regulated deficit irrigation in Kenya. International Journal of Advanced Research and Publications (IJARP) . Volume 1 Issue 4 (1-5). ISSN: 2456-9992

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Emerging diseases
  • Viral immunology


Scientific and Academic Writing96%
Curriculum Development92%
Career Advisory and Mentorship90%
Strategic Management and Leadership96%