Prof. Samuel Lutta
Postdoc(Strathclyde UK), Ph.D (SUNY Binghamton, USA), M.Sc. (Egerton), B.Ed. (Egerton)
Dean, School of Science
The School of Science aims at producing graduates with practical and intellectual skills in natural sciences and mathematics appropriate to the needs of the present and future Kenyan society. The school also expects some of the graduates to pursue higher education to enhance science knowledge and provide solutions to problems facing humanity in this 21st century. It seeks to be a world class centre in pursuit of scientific knowledge.
The School consists of the following four Departments: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science and Biological Sciences.
Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Department of Physics
The School has active linkages with many local and international institutions including KEMRI, KEBS, ILRI, Tea Research Foundation, Agro-Chemical and Food Company (Muhoroni), Uppsala University (Sweden), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Africa Laser Center (Pretoria, South Africa), Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, Italy), Louisiana State University (USA), among others.
The School of science Faculty are actively involved in a broad range of research projects including the following:
- Food Security and Biotechnology in Africa – funded by EduLink with collaborators from Netherlands, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
- STRECAFISH project – funded by the Austrian Government with collaborators from Austria and Uganda.
- Phytochemical composition and antimicrobial properties of Launaea cornuta, Maesa lanceolata and Bidens pilosa – funded by the Kenya Medical Research Institute with collaborators from the same Institution.
- Improving Food and Livelihood Security in the East and Horn of Africa using Multiple Stress Tolerant Sorghum Cultivars – funded by the McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Research Program (CCRP) with collaborators from Rongo University College, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) National Arid and Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute (NASARRI) in Uganda.
- Isolation and characterization of mosquitocidal compounds from essential oils of Tagetes minuta, Ocimum kilimandscharicum and Artemisia afra against Anopheles gambiae.
- Characterization of flavonoid pathways genes in tea – funded by Tea Research Institute – KALRO.
- In vitro Biodegradation of Low Molecular weight polythene using bacterial isolates from selected soils and waters in Kenya – funded by National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI).
- Computer simulation of properties of strong materials and materials for solar energy applications.
- Experimental and Computer simulation of optical fiber communication systems.
- Solar energy – PV systems, photo-catalysis, PV thin-film materials, solar drying (crops and wastewater sludge), wind and solar radiation.
- Natural products for lead identification.
- Formulation of surfactants, electrochemical Effluent clarification and Heavy Metals Speciation.
- Formulation of Surfactants, Electrochemical Effluent Clarification and heavy metal speciation.
- Solid State Structure Elucidation & Kinetics, Inorganic Synthesis and Material Science.
The funding organizations for these projects include the National Council for Science and Technology (NACOSTI), International Foundation for Science (IFS), Ruforum and McKnight Bioinnovate, Africa Laser Center (ALC).