Name: Lilian Kamau-Gatogo

Title/Qualification: MSc, PhD

Department: Department of Chemistry

Designation/Position: Lecturer

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Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844, Nairobi, 00100

Area of Specialization: Bioanalytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry

Research Interests: Pathogen detection and profiling, Environmental chemistry, Food chemistry; food safety and security Nanoparticles in pathogen detection, electrochemistry and application in food safety,Promoting STEM education.

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  • Development of RNA microchip for pathogen and cancer direct detection

Referred Learning Modules

  1. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Dr. Richard Nthumbi; (December 2020); SCH 403; Phase Equilibria
  2. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo, Dr. Judy Mwaura and Prof. Hudson Nyambaka (December 2020); SCH 404; Instrumental Methods

Teaching areas of Interest

  1. Analytical chemistry; Introduction, Instrumental methods and Chromatography
  2. Electrochemistry; general, Electroanalytical Techniques and Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
  3. Physical chemistry; introduction, Chemical kinetics and Phase Equilibria

Publications in preparations

  • Nanoparticle-assisted Rapid RNA Detection on RNA Microchip, Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Zhen Huang* Department of Chemistry, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 30303, USA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Rapid RNA Preparation and Detection of RNA Virus on RNA Microchip, Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Zhen Huang* Department of Chemistry, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 30303, USA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Rapid Cancer mRNAs detection by RNA Microchip. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Zhen Huang* Department of Chemistry, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 30303, USA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research Interests /experience/technique/skills

  • ABI DNA/RNA synthesizer (ABI 3400) for synthesis of DNA and RNA
  • Omnigrid Micro (Cartesian Technologies) for printing nucleic acid probes on the microchips
  • Microscope (Nikon Eclipse 80i) and an Ultrasensitive charge coupled detector (CCD) camera
  • X-cite fluorescence illumination system with CCD camera
  • Electrophoretic methods; gel electrophoresis and capillary electrophoresis
  • Preparative, analytical (reverse and normal) high performance liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas chromatography (GC)
  • Other chromatographic methods; thin layer chromatography, column chromatography, ion exchange and size exclusion chromatography
  • Biologic LP Micro Plate Reader spectrophotometer
  • IR spectroscopy and Fourier transformer infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR)

Research Funding

  • Principal Investigator, PEER Seed Grant awarded in partnership with USAID and National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine. Project Title; “Development of a visual detection microarray-based method for the detection of multiple Aflatoxin producing Aspergillus species”.
  • Partnership for Enhanced Engagement (PEER) and COACH Women in Science Mentoring Program. PI; Prof Caroline Thoruwa. Travel Award to go to Rwanda and a 1 year Mentorship program in Kenya. Upon completion, one could apply for a seed grant.
  • America Chemical Society Graduate Assistant Travel Award, A travel Award to go to ACS national Conference in Louisiana
  • PHD Chemistry Fellowship (2008); Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. Full scholarship coupled with stipend
  • MSc scholarship (2006); Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Al. Full scholarship coupled with stipend

Other Research Funding Application

  • Kenyatta University Vice Chancellors grant (VCs grant); A research to evaluate donkey meat as an alternative source of proteins. (Unsuccessful)
  • Context matters Research Grant Competition. CODE grant to promote education

Conferenced/Workshops/Seminars Attended

Conferences Attended

  • Conference on Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS). 10/18 2022. Theme; Embracing Science & Technology for Resilience and Transformation. Kenyatta University School of Pure and Applied Sciences Conference; attendance
  • International Food Safety Conference. Theme, ‘Food and nutrition safety, from farm to fork: a missing link in consumer health and food security” Venue: Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. 20-24th May 2019
  • Visual RNA microchip for detection of pathogen mRNAs”. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Zheng Huang. 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition. New Orleans, LA, USA, April 2013
  • “Novel RNA microarray for rapid and direct detection of Escherichia coli”. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Zheng Huang. The 5th Annual Poster Day, Chemistry Department. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA, 30303, March 2013
  • “Rapid and direct cancer and dengue viral serotypes detection on RNA microchip”. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Zhen Huang. The 8th Annual Emerson Center Lectureship Award Symposium. Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, 30322, April 2012
  • “Rapid and direct detection of cancer and virus on a RNA microchip”. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo and Zhen Huang. The 1st Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics (CDT) Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA, 30303, March 2012
  • “Development of an oligonucleotide microarray for detection of RNAs”. Lilian Kamau-Gatogo, Sarah Spencer, Zhen Huang. The 2nd Annual Poster Day, Department of Chemistry, Atlanta, GA, USA, 30303, March 2011
  • “Chromatographic Analysis of a-tocopherol and cholesterol in longissimus dorsi muscle: a comparative study of Gas Chromatography and High Performance Liquid Chromatography”. Lilian Kamau1, Kyle R. Willian1 and Christopher Kerth2. 1Department of Chemistry, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, 36088 and 2Department of Animal Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 36849, USA, The 35th Annual Sigma XI Student Research Symposium, April 2008. (Winner of position 1 poster presenter)

Workshops Attended

  • KCS Nairobi Chapter workshop held at KU; 24/06/2023; “ Role of Chemistry in Climate Change Mitigation, Food Safety and Security” (Attendance)
  • Centre for Teacher Professional Development and Excellence retooling workshop. Helt at Kenyatta University on 03/05/2023
  • Inclusion and Diversity Training Workshop held at United States International University on 17/04/2023. Theme, “Bridging the Gap that exists in the Delivery of Learning Materials to Students with Disabilities at higher learning institutions” (Attendance)
  • Teacher Professional Development capacity building workshop; Held at KU on 14-15th Dec 2021
  • Africa Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership workshop held at ACTIL Centre, Kenyatta University on 17/03/2023. Theme; “Programme for ACTIL stakeholders meeting on validation of mentoring programme at K.U.C.C.”
  • SPHEIR curriculum workshops held at Naivasha and Kenyatta University, Kenya. The workshops aim was to review the curriculum in line with the CBC education system.Curriculum review and mapping for the department; 2019
  • Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) and COACH Women in Science Mentoring Program” Trained as a mentor of mentors. Held on 11-13th July 2018 in Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Induction on New National Technical Committee members. KICC Nairobi; 22/08/2022

Seminars Attended

  • PEER Seed Grant workshop and JKUAT. (2022) Topic, Isolation and Identification of Aflatoxin Producing Aspergillus Species and other Maize Contaminants (Presenter)
  • 5th- 6thMay 2021- SPAS Staff Training on Development and Implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum. Organized by School of pure and Applied Sciences (SPAS) Kenyatta University in collaboration with Association for Faculty Enrichment in Learning and Teaching (AFELT).
  • Women in Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK) seminar meeting series. The seminars are more targeted on enhancing research in education. There are several sub-themes and I am a member of STEM education subtheme. The main agenda is to promote STEM education in girl child.
  • PEER seminar series, Online seminar series for all their research grant recipients.

Professional/ Consultancy (Editor/ Peer review in journals, Networks/ Collaborations, External Examiner, Patents)

  • ICED (International Consortium for educational development) conference abstract reviewer for the conference held in 2022. The conference was facilitated by Danish Network for Educational Development (DUN); 2022
  • WERK collaborations; in the STEM subtheme, our interest is to promote girl child education especially in STEM subjects. Participate in proposal writing and a pilot project to promote online learning. The pilot project involved teaching in high school for a whole term (semester). The proposal will be presented to funding agencies before the end of the year Proposal Title; ‘EMPOWERING GIRLS IN MARGINALISED COMMUNITITIES IN PERFOMANCE OF STEM SUBJECTS: A DIGITAL PLATFORM’
  • The group have participated in project trials for 3 months where we offered tuition to high school students with an aim of writing a proposal. The group submitted a proposal in 2022 (unsuccessful) and we are working on other proposals
  • Head of the analytical section developing Masters of Science (chemistry) curriculum at Mount Kenya University, 2014 – 2015
  • Lucy M. Kamau, Department of Animal Sciences, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Kenyatta University
  • Agatha Wagutu, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kirinyaga University, Kirinyaga.

Community Service and Other Engagements

  • Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) as a technical committee member, Helps in evaluation of standards, spices and condiments. TC 24; 2018 – Present.
  • Member in the Organisation of Vocational Bible School targeting children and teens in Ting’ang’a community, 2017 – 2018. The VBS attracted 300 children from Ting’ang’a community and its environs
  • Member in the organisation of Free medical camp in Ting’ang,a Community, 2015. The medical camp attracted 350 outpatients from Ting’ang’a and its environs
  • Started and supported a two-year girl support program for the mentorship of Ting’ang’a girls football club
  • Teens class teacher, Full Gospel Churches of Kenya, Ting’ang’a, Kiambu
  • Coordinator in preparation of FGCK Kiambu Women Sports Day. The even attracted more than 100 women participants.

Affiliation of Professional Bodies

  • Kenya Chemical Society (KCS) 2014 - Present
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) 2008 - 2014
  • Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK) A member of stem education and gender thematic group 2019 - Present
  • Kenya Association of Food Safety and Protection (KAFSAP) 2018 - Present
  • Sigma XI Scientific Research Society 2012

Administrative Positions Held

Recognized university administrative positions

  • 2018-2021; Coordinator, School of pure and applied sciences, Kenyatta university-Kitui Campus
  • 2014 - 2021; Secretary; Management and Advisory Board, Kenyatta university-Kitui Campus
  • 2019-2021; Quality management systems committee, Chemistry, Kenyatta university-Kitui Campus
  • 2019-2021; member - staff recruitment, appraisal and promotions committee; Kenyatta university - Kitui Campus