Mr. Peter Amwoga Ayeka

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Peter Amwoga Ayeka

Assistant Lecturer

Department of Biological Sciences,

Egerton University

PO BOX 536-20115


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2017 to date

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Ongoing)

Egerton University

Research Proposal title

Pharmacological and anti-cancer activity of selected medicinal plants


Master of medicine, Chinese Materia Medica

Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TUTCM)

Thesis title

Immunomodulatory and anticancer activities of licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch.) polysaccharides in colon carcinoma cell line (CT-26) and BALB/c CT-26 tumor mice model.


Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Egerton University


Diploma in Applied Biology

Eldoret Polytechnic


Molecular biology, Ethnopharmacology and Cancer biology


2013 to date

Assistant Lecturer, Depart. Of Biological Sciences, Egerton University


Technologist, Depart. Of Biological Sciences, Egerton University


Technologist, Department of Botany, Maseno University

Feb–Sept. 2014

Assistant Departmental examination officer

2013–To date

Departmental web-representative

2015–To date

Member, Faculty of Science ICT committee


Reviewer, Journal of Complementary Therapies in Medicine (CTIM)



Anti-tumor and immunomodulatory effects of Licorice Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch. polysaccharides through interleukin 7 expression and secretion


Outdoor Organic Cultivation of Kenyan Indigenous Mushrooms for Improved Food Security. Funded by The Mushroom Initiative Limited, Hong Kong


Arthrospira Biomass Dynamics Project, A Collaborative Project between Vienna University (Austria) and Egerton University (Kenya). Funded By. Austrian Research Funds Foundation


Spawn Production and Cultivation of Edible and Medicinal Indigenous Mushrooms using Agricultural substrates. Funded by Egerton University


Development of a methodology for indigenous mushroom, Pleurotus sp. cultivation

(Bachelor’s Project)


Determination of the occurrence of mastitis in cattle within Soy division of Uasin Gishu District (Diploma Project)



Ayeka, P. A. (2018). Potential of Mushroom Compounds as Immunomodulators in Cancer Immunotherapy: A Review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018.


Elick O. Otachi, Nehemiah M. Rindoria, Meri M. Medhanit, Peter A. Ayeka and Anna Wąs‐Barcz. (2018). First record of dwarf Victorian mouthbrooder Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae (Schöller, 1903) in Lake Naivasha, Kenya, including data on its molecular identification: Management implications. Lakes & Reservoirs: Science, Policy and Management for Sustainable Use ISSN: 1440-1770


Rosette Uzayisenga, Yi Wang, Yu Ren, Peter Amwoga Ayeka, Pramod Singh Kunwar, Epaphrodite Twahirwa. (2018). Vascular activity of protopanaxadiol and protopanaxatriol,
the major saponin fractions isolated from roots of Panax notoginseng. Journal of Pharmacy Research (JPR) ISSN: 0975-7619


Ayeka, P. A., Bian, Y., Githaiga, P. M., & Zhao, Y. (2017). The immunomodulatory activities of licorice polysaccharides (Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch.) in CT 26 tumor-bearing mice. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 17(1), 536


Peter Amwoga Ayeka, Yuhong Bian, Peter Githaiga Mwitari, Xiaoqian Chu, Yanjun Zhang, Rosette Uzayisenga and Elick Onyango Otachi. 2016. Immunomodulatory and anticancer potential of Gan cao (Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch.) polysaccharides by CT-26 colon carcinoma cell growth inhibition and cytokine IL-7 upregulation in vitro. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Peter Amwoga Ayeka, Bian Yu Hong, Peter Githaiga Mwitari, Rosette Uzayisenga, Elick Onyango Otachi. 2016. Immunomodulatory and anticancer potential of Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch.); potential for Cancer immunotherapy in new drug development. RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HUMANITY. 10th International Research Week, Egerton University. Proceedings


Mwitari, Peter Githaiga, Bian, Yuhong, Ayeka, Peter Amwoga, Zhang, Yan Jun. 2015. Effect of Substrate Dependent Mushroom Polysaccharide Extracts on IL-7 Up

Regulation and Cancer Immunotherapy and, their Probable Mode Of Action. International Journal of Cancer Studies & Research (IJCR) ISSN: 2167-9118


Rosette Uzayisenga, Peter Amwoga Ayeka,Yi Wang. 2013. Anti-diabetic potential of

Panax Notoginseng Saponins (PNS): A review. Phytotherapy Research Journal


Mwitari PG, Ayeka PA, Ondicho J, Matu EN, Bii CC (2013) Antimicrobial Activity and Probable Mechanisms of Action of Medicinal Plants of Kenya: Withania somnifera, Warbugia ugandensis, Prunus africana and Plectrunthus barbatus. PLoS ONE 8(6):  e65619. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065619


Ayeka, Peter Amwoga, Mwitari, Peter Githaiga, Yu HongBian. 2013. Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch. extracts augments Interleukin 7 expression to modulate immune system in cancer treatment. The 6th World Cancer Congress. Xi’an, China. Proceedings.


Ayeka, Peter Amwoga, Mwitari, Peter Githaiga, Chu, XiaoQian, Yu HongBian, Zhang, YanJun. 2011.  Mushrooms; A remedy for modulation of immune system. International Forum on the Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the 13th Annual Meeting of China Association for Science and Technology


· Complementary and alternative medicine (CAMs), anti-cancer phytomedicines, lead medicinal natural products and new drug discovery.

· Indigenous Mushroom cultivation


April 2018

Workshop on natural products and food security sponsored by Confucius institute and Egerton University

March 2017

Workshop on natural products and food security sponsored by Confucius institute and Egerton University

Nov. 2016

Department of Biological science seminar on 23rd November 2016

June 2016

Workshop on Natural products and food security held on 30th to 1st June 2016 at Catholic diocese of Nakuru

March 2016

Department of Biological sciences seminars held on 9th march 2016

Nov. 2016

6th symposium for the society for economic botany; ethnobotany, local knowledge and sustainability held on 12th November 2016


Workshop on herbal medicine on 30th July – August 2015 at the ARC-Hotel Egerton University

March 2014

Workshop on intellectual property rights held on 6th March 2014 at Egerton University

Feb. 2014

Workshop on research proposal writing and data management held on 4th-6th February 2014 at Utafiti hall, Egerton University

Dec. 2013

Workshop on HIV/Aids behavioural change held on 3rd December 2013, at Egerton University

May 2014

The 6th world cancer congress in Xian, China, May 2013

April 2011

International Forum on the Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the 13th Annual Meeting of China Association for Science and Technology 2011.

Dec. 2010

International schools of China (ISC) Regional science fair, Hosted at ISC, China.


Egerton University research week and international conference 2009


· Society of Economic Botany

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