© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

Joseph Mwanzia Nguta

RISE Degree(s) 

PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Nairobi

RISE Network(s) 

Lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Nairobi


Drug discovery from natural products of plant biodiversity against global infectious diseases, with a special focus on zoonotic tuberculosis

Special Accomplishments 

2017 ASM Young Ambassador for Science to Kenya

2014–2016: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Clinical Pathology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana

Selected Publications 

Nguta JM, Appiah-Opong R, Nyarko AK, Yeboah-Manu D, Addo PGA, et al. 2016. Antimycobacterial and cytotoxic activity of selected medicinal plant extracts. J. Ethnopharmacol. 182:10–15

Musau JK, Mbaria JM, Nguta JM, Mbaabu M, Kiama SG. 2016. Evaluation of genotoxicity potential of plants traditionally used for mosquito control in Kenya’s South coast. MRJMMS 4(4):178–182

Nguta JM, Appiah-Opong R, Nyarko AK, Yeboah-Manu D, Addo PGA, et al. 2016. In vitro antimycobacterial activity and toxicity of eight medicinal plants against pathogenic and nonpathogenic mycobacterial strains. Int. J. Mycobacteriol. 5(1):S106–7

Nguta JM, Appiah-Opong R, Nyarko AK, Yeboah-Manu D, Addo PGA. 2015. Current perspectives in drug discovery against tuberculosis from natural products. Int. J. Mycobacteriol. 4(3):165–83

Kiraithe MN, Nguta JM, Mbaria JM, Kiama SG. 2015. Evaluation of the use of Ocimum suave Willd. (Lamiaceae), Plectranthus barbatus Andrews (Lamiaceae) and Zanthoxylum chalybeum Engl. (Rutaceae) as antimalarial remedies in Kenyan folk medicine. JEthnopharmacol. 178:266–271

Nguta JM, Appiah-Opong R, Nyarko AK, Yeboah-Manu D, Addo PGA. 2015. Medicinal plants used to treat TB in Ghana. Int. J. Mycobacteriol. 4(2):1–8

Murithi CK, Fidahusein DS, Nguta JM, Lukhoba CW. 2014. Antimalarial activity and in vivo toxicity of selected medicinal plants naturalised in Kenya. Int. J. Edu. Res. 2(5):395406

Omwenga I, Kanja L, Nguta JM, Mbaria J, Irungu P. 2014. Assessment of lead and cadmium residues in farmed fish in Machakos and Kiambu Counties, Kenya. Toxicol. Environ. Chem. 96(1):58–67

Mwangi GG, Wagacha JM, Nguta JM, Mbaria JM. 2014. Brine shrimp cytotoxicity and antimalarial activity of plants traditionally used in treatment of malaria in Msambweni District. Pharm. Biol. 53(4):588–93

Dr. Nguta's Google Scholar profile can be found here.

Email Address(es) 
jmnguta@gmail.com; joseph.nguta@uonbi.ac.ke
RISE Degree(s) Completed 
September 2011