Palmer Imbenzi, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy
Ground Floor, Science Complex, Main Campus

“You may be looking for some insight on the possibility of choosing a brilliant career whether it may be a bright future in pharmaceutical fields, medical school, and forensic science, or environmental science, Natural science is a big part of it all. A career in Natural science offers the opportunity for a challenging and rewarding life as it bridges physics and materials science, with the biological sciences and medicine, and with the earth and planetary sciences. Natural science is a fundamental driver in a wide spectrum of fields” – Palmer Imbenzi


Mr. Imbenzi is an assistant lecturer, in the Department of Pharmacy, with a valuable skill set in the areas of Pharmacognosy, and Organic Chemistry.

His passion is in natural science especially searching for biologically active constituents from natural products that exhibit antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities and synthesizing of organometallic compounds.

Mr. Imbenzi is an awardee of the prestigious ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents and CSC for postgraduate studies in the Peoples’ Republic of China. His research proposals have attracted research grants from NACOSTI (2016) and KeMU internal research grants (2022).

Mr. Imbenzi is a member of the KeMU research conference organizing committee that coordinates and facilitates the university’s conference activities. He is also KeMU’s Institutional innovation champion in collaboration with the Kenya National Innovation Agency(KeNIA) where he is responsible for supporting the growth of a strong framework for commercialization of research from the institutions, strengthening the start-up ecosystem in the country, Keeping and sustaining innovation momentum at the school and institutional level, train others, follow through with activities, scout innovations, and support institutional leaders in introducing and implementing reforms to catalyze innovation.


  • Ph.D., Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, China - Ongoing
  • MSc., Phytochemistry, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
  • BSc., Chemistry, Egerton University, Kenya


  • Jim Amisi*, Joram Mwenda, Joel Obuya and Palmer Imbenzi. Evaluation of the effect of heat on the antibacterial properties of Moringa oleifera on Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. Pharmaceutical and Biosciences Journal Vol. 9(3), 57-61, 2021. Available online at:
  • Naji Said Aboud, Eric Kibagendi Osoro, Palmer Sivoko Imbenzi, A review on toxicity effects on Aconitum carmichaelii Debx (Chuan wu and Fuzi) and TCM processing approach ‘Pao zhi’ in reducing/ eliminating toxicity. International Journal of Pharma Sciences, 2015, 5 (5): 1236-1241. Available online at:
  • Palmer Sivoko Imbenzi, Yongzhi He, Zhixue Yan, Eric Kibagendi Osoro, Peter K. Cheplogoi. Chemical constituents in extracts from leaves of Lantana trifolia and their in vitro antioxidant activity. Chinese Herbal Medicine, 2014, 6 (3):242-246. Available online at: SciVarse ScienceDirect
  • Palmer Sivoko Imbenzi, Eric Kibagendi Osoro, Naji Said Aboud, Japheth Omollo Ombito, Peter Kiplagat Cheplogoi. A review on chemistry of some species of genus Vepris (Rutaceae family). Journal of Scientific and Innovative Research, 2014, 3 (3):357-362. Available online at:
  • Yong-zhi He, Eric Kibagendi Osoro, Sivoko Imbenzi Palmer, Li-ning Wang, Naji Said Aboud. Isolation and identification of bioactive constituents from stem barks of Illicium difengpi. Chinese Herbal Medicines, 2014, 6(1) :76-79. Available online at: SciVarse ScienceDirect

Research Interests

  • Medicinal phytochemistry
  • Natural products chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Ethnomedicine


Processing of natural products92%
Antioxidant bioassays90%
Synthesis of organosilanes95%
Proposal development, manuscript, and abstract preparation98%
Curriculum development93%
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