Elizabeth Amwayi Odongo, Department of Pharmacy
Science Complex, 3rd Floor, Main Campus

Ms. Elizabeth Amwayi Odongo

Tutorial Fellow, Department of Pharmacy

“Nature itself is medicine! Complementary therapies can help empower people, self-care and more importantly relieve some of the burden placed on the health care system” – Ms. Elizabeth Amwayi


Ms. Elizabeth is a tutorial fellow at the Department of Pharmacy, with interest in Traditional medicine, Phytochemistry, Molecular biology, Biodiversity conservation and research bioethics.

Her passion is in pharmacognosy research, capacity building and the mentorship of young scientists. Elizabeth is involved in research of indigenous plants is a member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World.


  • Ph.D., Pharmacognosy and Complementary Medicine, University of Nairobi (UON) - Ongoing
  • MSc., Pharmacognosy and Complementary Medicine, University of Nairobi (UON)
  • BSc., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)


  • Elizabeth Odongo, Nelly Mungai, Peggoty Mutai, Esther Karumi, Julius Mwangi, Faith Okalebo, Julia Kimondo, Joseph Omale and Juma Simiyu. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of selected medicinal plants from western Kenya. African Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2017. 6(4): 178-182
  • Elizabeth Odongo, Nelly Mungai, Peggoty Mutai, Esther Karumi, Julius Mwangi and Joseph Omale. Ethnobotanical survey of the medicinal plants used in Kakamega County, Western Kenya. Applied Medical Research 2018. 4(2): 22-40
  • Joseph Mbinji Omale, Peggoty Mutai, Peter Njogu, Nillian Mukungu, Julius Mwangi, Elizabeth Odongo. Ethnobotanical survey of antimicrobial medicinal plants used in traditional medicine in western Kenya. Applied Medical Research 2020. 7(1): 6-25
  • Elizabeth Odongo, Peggoty Mutai, Beatrice Amugune, Nelly Mungai. A Systematic Review of Medicinal Plants of Kenya used in the Management of Bacterial Infections. Evidence Based Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2022

Research Interests

  • Phytochemistry
  • Traditional medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Research bioethics


Systematic reviews96%
Field data collection91%
Biochemical techniques90%
Pharmacological assays89%
Scientific publishing98%
Information technology92%
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