Kirinyaga University


Recent Publications

Research output of the institution – research papers, grants, patents

Recent Publications (2015-2017)

  1. User Perceived Mobile Banking Service Provision Framework. Nambiro Alice Wechuli, Wabwoba Franklin & Wasike Jotham. International Journal of Computer Engineering and Information Technology 2017;9(10):225-232 
  2. Assessment of Hybrid Records Management Systems at Mount Kenya University, Kenya. Noreen Mulati, Jotham Wasike. International Journal of Science and Research 2015: 2319-7064.
  3. Annonaceae Fruits Growing in Coast Region of Kenya as an Alternative Source of Dietary Carotenoids. Chimbevo Mwagandi Lenny, Malala Joel Boniface, Anjili Christopher Omukhango, Orwa Jennifer, Mibei Elisa Kibiwot, Ndeti Cosmas Muia, Muchiri Francis Wambura, Oshule Paul Sifuna, Oginga Fredrick Otieno, Otundo Denis Orare, Karanja Simon MuturiInternational Journal of Food Science and Biotechnology 2017;2(5):114-120
  4. Factors associated with level of birth preparedness among pregnant mothers at Kerugoya referral hospital. Olive W. Karimi, Mary W. Murigi, Anne Perte, Careena O.Odawa. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health kARIMI OW et al. int Community Med Public Health. 2017 Nov;4(11):3998-4002  
  5. Association of pre-Antiretraviral Treatment Body Mass index with cd4* T-Lymphocyte Immune Reconstitution Among HIV -Infected Adults and Adolescents. Mosiamo Philip Nyaribo, Otundo Denis Orare, Wambura Francis Muchiri, Chimbevo Mwagandi Lenny, Mutkuka John Kyalo Wang'ombe AnneInternational Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention Education  and Education and Behavioural Science 2017; 3(3): 28-35
  6. Escherichia coli Pathotypes and Shigella sero-groups in diarrheic children in Nairobi City, Kenya. NambiroPeter Lokamar Nyanga, Jackson Onyuka, Mark Kilongosi Webale, Tom  Were, Valentine Budambula. Gastroenterol Hepatol Bed Bench 2017; 10(3):220-228 
  7. Transforming the Non-Linear PDES Governing the Viscous Fluid Flow into Nonlinear ODES and Investigation of Influence of inclined Magnetic Field  and Thermophoresis on Heat and Mass Transfer Wedge. Nzyoka F.K., Kimathi M. Magua A., Kinyanjui J .N., Kamau J.NInternational Journal of Mathematics and Physical ciences Research ISSN 2348-5736(Online)
  8. Cyber Security Challenge to Mobile Banking in SACCOs in Kenya. Nambiro Alice Wechuli, Wabwoba Franklin & Wasike Jotham. International Journal of Computer (IJC) ISSN 2307-4523 (Print & Online)
  9. Biometric Properties for Identification in a Secure E-voting Application. Erick K. Rotich, Ikoha Anselemo & Jotham M. Wasike. The International Journal of Science & Technology 2017; 5(5)
  10. Enhanced Network Technologies for Secure E-voting Architecture. Erick K. Rotich, Ikoha Anselemo & Jotham M. Wasike. The International Journal of Science & Technology 2017; 5(5)
  11. Bacterial Super-infection in Tungiasis Infections. Jacob Mwangi, Ezekiel Mecha, Simon Muriu, Charles O. A. Omwandho. (In proceeings at the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences and Kenyatta National Hospital 4th International Scientific Conference. 14th-16th June 2017).
  12. Safety, immunogenicty, and cross-species protection of a plasmid DNA encoding Plasmodium falciparum SERA5 polypeptide, microbial epitopes and chemokine genes in mice and olive baboobs. Nyamongo Onkoba, Ruth M. Mumo, Horace Ochanda, Charles Omwandho, Hastings S. Ozwara, Thomas G. Egwang. The Journal of Biomedical Research; 2017 0(0): 1-12
  13. Barriers to Uptake of Childhood Routine Immunization in Nyeri County, Kenya. Njeru S.K., Kagoiyo S. W., Dennis Butto. IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science (IOSR-JNHS) 2017; 6(2): 79-85
  14. Acceptance of M-Pesa Service and its Effect on Performances of Small and Micro-Business in Kenya. Anna Kalei, Hannah W. Wambugu & Peter G. Muturi. International Journal of Managerial Studies & Research (IJSMSR) 2016; 4(5): 85-93
  15. Kinetic Analysis of Crystallization process in60 se40 Thin Films for Phase Change Memory (Pram) Applications. Irene W. Muchira, Walter K. Njoroge, Patrick M. Karimi. Advances in Materials 2016; 5 (4): 18-22

  16. Transforming growth Factor-betas (TGF-βs) in Human Endometrial and Endometriolic cells in Vitro. Ezekiel Mecha, Charles O. A. Omwandho, Hansrudolf Tinneberg and Lutz Konrad(In proceedings at the World Congress of Endometriosis, May 2017; Vancouver, Canada)
  17. Predisposing Factors to Homosexuality among men in Kilifi Town Kenya. Evah Maina, Dennis Butto & Mary Murigi. Universal Journal of Medical Sciences 2016; 4(3): 88-93.

  18. Transforming Growth Factor Betas induce MMP-2 and MMP-9 Secretion via Smad-dependent Signaling in Human Endometrial and Endometriotic Cells. MECHA, O.E., Omwandho, O.A.C., Hans-Rudolf T., and Konrad, L. In Proceedings of the Humboldt "Kolleg" Research and Networking: Laying the foundation for the Sustainable Development __ April 6 - 8, 2016; Naivasha, Kenya.

  19. The TGF-beta and TGF-beta Receptors in Endometriosis. Ezekiel Mecha, Charles O.A. Omwandho, Hans-Rudolf Tinneberg and Lutz Konrad. To be Presented at the Society for Advancement of Science in Africa August 2016; United Nations Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya.
  20. PAI-1 Secretion of Endomaterial and Endometriotic Cells is Smad2/3- and ERK1/2-dependent and Influences Cell Adhesion. Cong Sui, Ezekiel Mecha, Charles OA Omwandho, Anna Starzinski-Powitz, Angelika Stammler, Hans-Rudolf Tinnberg, Lutz Konrad. AM J Transl Res 2016; 8(5): 2394-2402.
  21. Str Analyses of Human DNA from Maggots Fed on Decomposing Bodies: Assessment of Time Period for Successful Analyses. Njau, Daniel Gachuiri, E.K. Muge, P.W. Kinyanjui, C.O.A. Omwandho, Sophie Mukwana. Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences 2016; 6: 261-269.
  22. Students Mothers as Peer Educators for Sexual Reproductive Health Promotion among Young People in Kirinyaga University. Dennis Butto. In Proceedings of the 7th Nope Conference on Peer Education, Sexuality, HIV & AIDs June 15 - 17 2016; Kenyatta International Conference Center Nairobi, Kenya.
  23. Effects of Legal and Regulatory Factors on Performance of Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies: A Survey of SACCOS in Ruiru District, Kiambu County, Kenya. Jackson Maina Runyora. International Journal of Economics, Commerce and Management 2016; 4(4): 640-653.
  24. Implementation of Information Literacy Programmes in Public Libraries. George Kingori, Dorothy Njiraine, Stephen Maina. Library Hi Tech News 2016; 33(2): 1-13.
  25. Application of Multiple Circular-linear Regression Models to Animal Movement Data with Covariates. Robert.M.Mutwiri. IOSR Journal of Mathematics (IOSR-JM), e-ISSN: 2278-5728, p-iisn: 2319-765X March - April 2016; 12(2): 01-13.
  26. Spatial Modelling and Mapping of Socio-demographic Determinants of Infant Mortality in Kenya. Robert M. Mutwiri. IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IOSR-JHSS) 2016; 21(3): 05-13.
  27. The Baboon (Papio anubis)-Plasmodium Knowlesi Model of Placenta Malalria. Onditi F, Onkoba N, Esther K, Omwandho C, Farah IO, Moore J. In Proceedings of the 17th International Congress on Infectious Diseases March 2 - 5, 2016; Hyderabad, India.
  28. A Major Host Plant Volatile, 1-octen-3-ol, Contributes to Mating in the Legume pod Border, Maruca Virata (Fabricus) (Lepidopetra: Cramidae). M. Bendera, S. Ekesi, M. Ndung'u, R. Srinivasan,B. Torto. Sci Nat 2016; 102: 47
  29. Application of multiple circular-linear regression models to animal movement data with covariates. Robert .M. Mutwiri. IOSR Journal of Mathematics (IOSR-JM) 2016; 12 (2): 1-13
  30. Approaches for Testing Uniformity Hypothesis in Angular Data of Mega-Herbivores. Robert Mathenge Mutwiri, Henry Mwambi, Rob Slotow. International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) 2016; 5(3): 1202-1207
  31. Impact of Kenyan New Labour Laws on Gender Disparities in Industrial Occupations in Kenyan Organizations & the Respective Trade Unions. Dennis Muchangi Jamleck. International Journal of Economics, Commerce & Management 2015; 3(7).
  32. Cycle Index Formulas for Dn Acting on Ordered Pairs. Geoffrey Muthoka, Patrick Kimani, Lao Hussein. International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) ISSN (online): 2319-7064.
  33. Interaction of TGF and BMP signaling pathways in Human Endometrial and Endometriotic Cells. Ezekiel O.Mecha, Cong Sui, Charles Omwandho, Hans-Rudolf Tinneberg, Lutz Konrad International Journal of Science and Engineering Technology 2015; 1(1): 38-48
  34. Strategic plan implementation and organizational performance: a case of Hargeisa Water Agency in Somaliland. Hussein Buuni, Amira Yusuf, Grace Kiiru, Grace Karemu IOSR Journal of Business and Management (IOSR-JBM) 2015; 17(2): 60-64
  35. Effect of porter’s generic competitive strategies and the performance of soft drinks companies: case of Somaliland beverage industry (SBI) in Somaliland. Hussein Buuni, Amira Yusuf, Grace Kiiru, Grace Karemu. IOSR Journal of Business and Management (IOSR-JBM) 2015; 17(2): 55-59
  36. Reconfiguration capabilities, entrepreneurial intentions and competitive advantage of small and medium youth retail enterprises in Kenya. Grace Kiiru. European Journal of Business and Management 2015; 7(25): 254-259
  37. Effect of End Users Involvement in the Performance of Economic Stimulus Projects of Fish Farming in Kirinyaga County. Faith Kiwiri. The strategic journal of Business and change of Management 2015; 2(2): 1720-1735
  38. Transforming growth factors Betas induce MMP-2 and MMP-9 Secretion via smad-dependent signaling in human endometrial and endometriotic cells. Ezekiel O.Mecha, Cong Sui, Charles Omwandho, Hans-Rudolf Tinneberg, Lutz Konrad International Journal of Science and Engineering Technology 2015; 4(12): 567-572
  39. Toxicity and repellent effects of leaf extracts of four Kenyan plants nymphs and adults of Rhipicephalus appendiculatus. Gladys Kemunto Onyambu, Rosebellah Maranga, Mary Ndung’u, Geralds Mkoji, Kareru Patrick and Anthony Wanjoya. (Neumann 1901) 2015.
  40. Potential of the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria (Othorptera: Acrididae) as unconventional source of sterols. Xavier Cheseto, Serge Kuate, Tchouassi. D, M. Ndung’u, Teal. E.A, Torto, B. Journal of tropical Entomology 2015.
  41. Investigation of the in vitro antioxidant activity, in vivo antidiabetic efficacy and safety of Capparis tomentosa aqueous roots extracts in male alloxanized mice. L.N Wangai et al. (2015). Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies 2015; 3(1): 42-47.
  42. Parasite Accumulation in Placenta of non-immune Babbons during Plasmodium Knowlesi Infection. Faith I Onditi, Onkoba W Nyamongo, Charles O. Omwandho, Naomi W. Maina, Fredrick Maloba, Idle O. Farah, Christopher L. King, Julie M. Moore and Hastings Ozwara. Malaria Journal 2015; 14: 118.


  1. Integrating ICT in training and delivery of healthcare needs in resource constrained nations. Omwandho. CA, Ngugi PM, Ogendo SWO In proceedings of the African Science Academies (AMASA-11) Non- communicable diseases: post 2015 development agenda. November 29- December 2, 2015; Hilton Hotel Nairobi.


The baboon (papio anubis)- plasmodium knowlesi model for placental malaria: A PhD thesis by Onditi Faith Isdorah. Supervisor Charles O.A. Omwandho & Hasting S. Ozwara. Degree Awarded on December 4, 2015; Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Research Papers

  1. Efficacy and Safety Assessment of Launaea cornuta Extracts in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus. American. G.M Karau, E N.M Njagi, A.K. Machocho, L. N Wangai, P.N.KAMAU.  Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 4, 1-7. 2014
  2. Clinical chemistry profiles in injection heroin users from Coastal Region, Kenya. Elly Munde et al. BMC Clinical Pathology, 14:32 2014
  3. Interleukin (IL)-13 promoter polymorphisms (-7402 T/G and -4729G/A) condition susceptibility to pediatric severe malaria anaemia but not circulating IL-13 levels. Elly Munde et al. BMC Clinical Pathology, 14:15 2013
  4. Antimicrobial activities of secondary metabolites produced by endophytic bacteria from selected indigenous Kenyan plants. Purity Kaaria, Viviene Matiru and Mary Ndung’u.  African Journal of Microbiology Research 6:7253-7258, 2013.
  5. Oxalate metabolism by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, a fungal pathogen in soybeans. Mbiri A., Gatebe E., Ndung’u M., Kariuki W. and Mwangi E.  African Journal of Biochemistry Research, 7 19-25, 2013.
  6. Calpurnia aurea essential oil and its components as repellents against maize weevil Sitophilus zeamais. Kabugi Mwangi Joseph, Mary Wambui Ndung’u, Leonard Gitu.  Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pesticidal Plants. 1 69-73 2013
  7. Profiling of the chemical compounds in ethyl acetate extracts of Launaea cornuta Asteraceae by GC-MS. G.M Karau, E N.M Njagi, A.K. Machocho, L. N Wangai, P.N.KAMAU (2014). International Journal of Pharmacognosy 1, 1-9
  8. Modulation of LPS-Induced CD4+ T-  Cell  Activation  and  apoptosis  by  Antioxidants  in  Untreated  asymptomatic  HIV infected  participants:  An   invitro  Study. S. M. Mburu, J.L. Marnewick. An Abayomi. H. IPP.   Journal  of  Clinical  and  developmental Immunology. 2013
  9. What matters in informing strategic Alliances? A Case study of KIM. Stephen Kamau, Bernadette Mutinda, Judith Gakenia, Maureen Kangu. Prime Journal of Social Science. ISSN 2315-5051. 450-454, 2013
  10. An Application of the Logiboost Ensemble Algorithm in Loan Appraisals. Z. Kirori, J. Ogutu. International Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013, pp. 34-39.
  11. Assessing the Readiness by SNEs and Financial Institutions in the Establishment of an Integrated ICT Infrastructure for Financial Transactions in Kenya. Z. Kirori, M. Achieng. International Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013, pp. 40-45.
  12. Polymorphisms in the Fc Gamma Receptor IIIA and Toll-like Receptor 9 Are Associated with Protein against Severe Malarial Anemia and Changes in Circulating Gamma Iterferon Levels. Elly Munde et al. Infect. Immun. 80(12):4435 2012


  1. Distribution and screening for resistance to Sclerotina sclerotiorum in Soybean (Glycine Max.) varieties grown in Kenya, 2013. Erastus  S.  K.  Mwangi,  Erastus  G.  Gatebe,  Mary  W.  Ndung’u.
  2. Isolation and Characterisation of Tick (Rhipicephalus appendiculatus) Attractive Compounds from Calpurnia aurea, 2014. James Fred Mogwambo, Dr. Nguya K. Maniania, Wambui Ndung’u.
  3. Evaluation of Repellent Effects of Oils from Selected Eucalyptus Species against Sitophilus zeamais (Motschulsky). Caroline Karimi Karemu, Dr. Mercy Githua, Ndung’u M.

Workshop and Seminar papers

  1. Design of a computer based PSO optimized FLC model for regulating greenhouse climate conditions.  Mwangi, E. G. and Kaburu, W. Kabarak University 4th Annual international conference held from 15th – 18th July 2014.
  2. Computer economic issues in learning institutions in Kenya: A case study of Kirinyaga country. Shikhuyu, J. and Mwangi, E. G.  1st Chuka University International Research Conference held from 29th October 2014.
  3. Bridge the digital divide in Kenyan secondary schools using SB-SCNT framework. Mwangi, E. G., Shikhuyu, J., Njomo, M and Mwangi, I. W.  Laikipia University 2nd international conference held from 20th- 23rd May 2014.
  4. Modes of curbing insecurity, Terrorism and financial fraud perpetrated through mobile phones. Phillip Muriuki Wanjohi.  Presented at Kisii University, 2014.


  1. Hyssop (Capparis tomentosa) medicinal product used in management of chronic diseases, 2013-2015.
  2. Industrial designs – IPRs CWA ITEMS, 2015.(Patenting ongoing)
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