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Faculty of Science
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Organic/ Environmental
P.O. Box 536, Njoro 20107

High Schools Attended: Alliance Girls High School (1976-1981)

  • E.A.C.E. (‘O’ level), 1979
  • K.A.C.E. (‘A’ level), 1981

Universities Attended: University of Nairobi (1983-1986)

  • B.Sc. (Upper 2nd Class Hons.), 1986
  • M. Sc. (Environmental Chemistry), 1990

PhD. (Natural Products Chemistry) - University of KwaZulu-Natal (2002-2006)

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • bioassay guided fractionation of natural products
  • Spectroscopy and Structure determinations
  • 02/1982-09/1983: Muruguru Secondary School; Science teacher.
  • 08-09/1985: Coffee Research foundation-Kenya, Research Assistant.
  • 01/1989-08/1990: Government Chemist’s Department-Kenya, Analytical Chemist.
  • 09/1990-1991: Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya; Assistant Lecturer.
  • 1991-2013: Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya; Lecturer 
  • 2013-Date: Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, Senior Lecturer
  1. Egerton University KCSAP biofuels project, especially charcoal and bio pesticides from Prosopis juliflora.
  2. Egerto University Internal Research Project entitled "Natural Products Chemistry, isolation and Characterization and Value Addition to Traditional Herbal Medicines"
  1. Egerton University KCSAP biofuels project, especially charcoal and bio pesticides from Prosopis juliflora.
  2. Natural Products Chemistry, isolation and Characterization and Value Addition to Traditional Herbal Medicines
  3. Environmental Chemistry, especially the analysis of Clays Sunscreens used in Kenya.
  1. Muriuki BG, Lelmen E, Mwangi EM and Waithaka PN (2018).  Effects of Withania somnifera root extracts on serotonin secretion in suiz albino mice.  Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences 6(4), 109-113.

  2. Kinuthia E W and Mwangi E M (2018).  Compounds from Kenyan Meyna tetraphylla.  International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Research 6(12), 142-147.

  3. Kinuthia E W, Langat M K, Mwangi E M, Cheplogoi P K and Njue W A (2018).  Terpenoids from Kenyan Leonotis mollissima.  Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 7(6), 918-921.

  4. Kinuthia E W, Mwangi E M, Cheplogoi P K. (2019).  Compounds from Turraea abyssinica.  Iconic Research And Engineering Journals 2(10), 32-36
  5. Obbo CJD, Kariuki ST, Gathirwa JW, Olaho-Mukani W, Cheplogoi PK, Mwangi EM (2019).  In vitro antiplasmodial, antitrypanosomal and antileishmanial activities of selected medicinal plants from Ugandan flora: Refocusing into multi-component potentials.  Journal of Ethnopharmacology 229:127-136
  6. Kodi P, Mwangi EM, Cheplogoi PK, Langat MK and Akala HM (2018).  In vitro Antiplasmodial and Toxicity Activities of Crude Extracts and Compounds from Euclea latideus (Ebenaceae).  International Journal of Biochemistry Research & Review21 (1): 1-22
  7. Kodi P, Mwangi EM, Cheplogoi PK,  and Kariuki ST (2018).  Ethnobotanical Survey of Antimalarial Medicinal Plants Used in Butebo County, Eastern Uganda.  European Journal of Medicinal Plants: 21(4):
  8. Ombito JO, Salano EN, Yegon PK, Ngetich WK and Mwangi EM (2015).  A review of the chemistry of some species of genus Aloe (Xanthorrhoeaceae family).  Journal of Scientific and Innovative Research4 (1), 49-53
  9. Ombito JO, Salano EN, Yegon PK, Ngetich WK and Mwangi EM (2014).  A Review on the Chemistry of Some Species of Genus Lippia (Verbenaceae Family).  Journal of Scientific and Innovative Research 2014; 3(4): 460-466
  10. Ng’etich WK, Mwangi EM, Kiptoo J, Digo CA and Ombito JO (2014).  In vitro determination of Sun Protection Factor of Clays Used for Cosmetic Purposes in Kenya.  Chemistry and Materials Research 6 (7), 25-30
  11. Mulholland DA, Mwangi EM, Ncoza CD, Plant N, Crouch NR and Coombes PH (2013).  Non-toxic melanin production inhibitors from Garcinia livingstonei(Clusiaceae).  Journal of Ethnopharmacology 149, 570–575
  12. Kinuthia EW, Mwangi EM and Cheplogoi PK  (2013).  Screening for antimicrobial compounds in Gardenia volkensii fruits (Rubiaceae).  International Journal of Research and Engineering 4 (4) (accepted for publication.
  13. Kinuthia EW, Langat MK, Mwangi EM and Cheplogoi PK  (2012).  Contituents of Kenyan Gardenia volkensii.  Natural products Communication 7, 13-14.
  14. Coombes PH, Mwangi EM, Peters BK, Crouch NR and Mulholland DA  (2009).   The cyclobuta[b]quinolone alkaloid cyclomegistine from Teclea gerrardii I. Verd. (Toddalioideae: Rutaceae).  Biochemical Systemics and Ecology 37, 494-496.
  15. Mwangi EM (2007).  PhD. Thesis entitled “An Investigation of South African Plants Used for Cosmetic Purposes and for Skin Related Problems”.  University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  16. Ndiritu FG, Muriithi PM and Mwangi EM (2003).  University-Industry-Government Interaction: Are We in the Right Direction?  Egerton Journal (Humanities, Social Sciencies and Education / Science and Technology Series Joint Special Edition) IV, 170-176.
  17. Mwangi EM (1992).  “Some Science-Based Business Possibilities”. In Mwonya R and MacKenna J Eds. “ Entrepreneurship, an Introduction to Starting Your Own Business”.  Proceedings of an Entrepreneur Workshop. Island Camp, Baringo, Kenya. July 30-August 1, 1992.
  18. Mwangi EM (1990).  M. Sc. Thesis entitled “Chemical Analysis of Lead in Eye Cosmetics and in Scalp Hair Samples”. University of Nairobi.
  1. Ngetich Wesley
  2. Kinuthia Esther Wanjiru (2009).  MSc thesis entitled “Screening for Antimicrobial Compounds in Gardenia Volkensii And Meyna tetraphylla (Rubiacea)”.  Egerton University.


  1. Kinuthia Esther Wanjiru (2019).  PhD thesis entitled “Antimicrobial Activity and Phytochemical Studies of Turraea abyssinica, Meyna tetraphylla and Leonotis mollissima.  Egerton University.
  2. Kodi Philp (2018).  PhD thesis entitled “Antiplasmodial and Toxicity Activities and Characterization of Chemical Compounds Extracted from Selected Medicinal Plants in Uganda”.  Egerton University.
  1. Founder member, Kenya Chemical Society and Former Treasurer, South Rift Chapter.
  2. Member, Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA)
  3. Founder Member, Organization for Women in Science and Development (OWSD-Kenya)
  4. Member, Business and Professional Women Club, Kenya (BPWC-K)
  5. Member, Soroptimist International, Nakuru Club
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