The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has a new Dean – Prof. Njeri Wamae took up her new appointment from Friday, December 1, prior to which she was Professor of Parasitology, at the Mount Kenya University School of Medicine.
Professor Wamae received her Bachelor of Science in Parasitology and Medical Entomology at Bowling Green State University, in the USA, while her Master of Science in Public Health and PhD in Parasitology were both received from at Tulane University, also in the USA.
She is a distinguished scholar - to date, Professor Wamae has published over seventy publications of which about sixty are in peer-reviewed journals, supervised nineteen post graduate students, engages in reviewing manuscripts for various local and international journals, and has served on consultancies such as for the World Health Organization.
As an eminent researcher, Prof. Wamae has been the Chairperson - National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (2014-2017), founding Dean - Directorate of Research and Development at Kenya Methodist University, Founding Director - Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), as well as various other positions in KEMRI, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA, and Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine.
She also holds numerous professional certificates in such areas as strategic leadership and program development, scientific communication and publishing, impact evaluation, project management, corporate governance, and finance.
Professor Wamae is also the recipient of the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) - one of Kenya’s top national honors - bestowed by His Excellency the President, for distinguished service to the nation, in 2015.
Among the projects the new Dean will oversee is the introduction of the School’s second academic program - Bachelor of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics - who’s first intake will be in the Summer Semester, and which cements the university’s growing portfolio of health sciences.
She takes over from Dr. Apollo Maima, who has provided leadership to the School since its inception in 2015.