Department of Chemistry
P.O. Box 43844, -00100,NAIROBI
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Position: Senior Lecturer

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Research Interest

  • Food interventions for management of various health conditions including vitamin A deficiency, HIV and cancer.
  • Environmental management including soil, water, air analysis
  • Analysis of foods and other consumer products, for heavy metals and essential elements
  • Development of analytical methods for determination of trace elements
  • Investigation of substances including plants for organic farming

Publication

  • Ogombe C. Ojiambo, Nawiri P. Mildred and Hudson Nyambaka (2024), Impact of Processing on Nutrients and Anti-Nutrients in Tubers and Leaves of Cassava (Manihot Esculenta Crantz), J. Nutrition and Food Processing, 7(1); DOI:10.31579/2637-8914/185
  • E., Kombo. K., Nawiri, MP and Iloka, K (2022). Reflection On Resource Requirement, Pedagogy And Entrepreneurship Skills Training For Competency Based Curriculum Implementation In Kenyan Universitie. International Academic Journal of Social Sciences and Education | Volume 2, Issue 3, pp. 40-58
  • Onyambu, MZ., Nawiri, MP., Nyambaka HN and Noah, NM (2021). In Vitro Bio accessibility of the Vitamin B Series from Thermally Processed Leafy African Indigenous Vegetables. Journal of Food Quality. Pgs 1-8 https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/5540724 3
  • Onyambu, MZ., Nawiri, MP., Nyambaka HN and Noah, NM (2021). In vitro Bio accessibility of Beta Carotene from Thermally Processed Leafy African Indigenous Vegetables. Journal of the Kenya Chemical Society 14-1, 3-8
  • Kimotho, I., Noah, N.M, Nawiri, M and Mbatia, B (2020). Fabrication of Nanostructured Polyamic Acid Membranes for Antimicrobially Enhanced Water Purification. Advances in Polymer Technology Article ID 7362789; 2020:1-10
  • Nyaenya, NE., Nyambaka H., Murungi, J., Nawiri, M., and Ongera. T (2020). Efficacy of Nanofertilizers on Spinach Growth Performance in Medially Polluted Soil. The International Journal of Science & Technoledge. Vol 8 Issue 4 page 16-25.
  • Nyaenya, NE., Nawiri, M., Murungi, J., Nyambaka H., and Ongera. T (2020). Effects On Nanaofertilizers On Cd and Pb Uptake In Kales Grown In Medially Polluted Experimental Soil IOSR Journal of Applied Chemistry (IOSR-JAC). Volume 13, Issue 5 Pg 57-68 DOI: 10.9790/5736-1305015768
  • Wakhanu, J., Nyambaka, H., Nawiri, M., Kimiywe, J and Thagana, W (2020). "NutritionSensitive Intervention with African Indigenous Leafy Vegetables among School-Going Children in Machakos County, Kenya. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants 9, (3):111-125. https://scholarworks.umass.edu/jmap/vol9/iss3/3
  • Kimotho, I., Noah, N.M , Nawiri, M and Mbatia, B (2020). Fabrication of Nanostructured Polyamic Acid Membranes for Antimicrobially Enhanced Water Purificatio. Advances in Polymer Technology Article ID 7362789; 2020:1-10
  • Nyabuti G., Nawiri, M, and Nyambaka, H. (2019). Health Risk Assessment on Selected Essential and Non-Essential Elements in Food Crops Grown in Kibera Slum, Nairobi-Kenya. Food and Nutrition Sciences 10, 4236. ISSN Online: 2157-9458. Accepted for publication
  • Wakhanu, J., Nyambaka, H., Kimiywe, J., Nawiri, M and Thagana, W.M. (2019). Consumption of African Indigenous Vegetables Improves Children’s body Fat Free Mass in Machakos County, Kenya Journal of Food Science and Engineering 9 305-317 doi: 10.17265/2159-5828/2019.08.002
  • Ngolo P., Nawiri M., Machocho A, and Oyieke H (2019). Pesticide Residue Levels in Soil, Water, Kales and Tomatoes in Ewaso Narok Wetland, Laikipia, County, Kenya Journal of Scientific Research & Reports 24(5): 1-11; Article no.JSRR.48243 ISSN: 2320-0227
  • Wasike P. W., Nawiri M. P., Wanyonyi A. A. (2019). Levels of Heavy Metals (Pb, Mn, Cu and Cd) in Water from River Kuywa and the Adjacent Wells. Environment and Ecology Research 7(3): 135-138, 2019 http://www.hrpub.org DOI: 10.13189/eer.2019.070303
  • Basweti J.K., Nawiri,M. P and Nyambaka, H.N (2018). Physicochemical parameters and levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in water, sediments and soil in river Nzoia, Kakamega County-Kenya. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Accepted for publication August 2018. EMAS-D-18-01409R1.
  • Nderitu S. M, Nawiri M.P, Nyambaka H.N (2018). Fortification of sunflower and palm oils using beta carotene extracted from asystasia mysorensis and solanum nigrum Food Research Journal 1-2.
  • Ngolo P, Nawiri M, Machocho A, Oyieke H. (2018). Pesticides use in pest management: A case study of Ewaso Narok wetland small scale vegetable Farmers, Laikipia County, Kenya. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International 14(2):1-8
  • Mobegi, E., Nawiri, M., & Andala, D. (2018). Fabrication of metal oxide - biopolymer nanocomposite for water defluoridation. MRS Advances, 1-10. doi:10.1557/adv.2018.251
  • Onyambu, Z.M., Nawiri, M.P., Kareru, P and Wanjau, R. Levels of Selected Heavy Metals in Aloe vera Branded Herbal Creams sold in the Kenyan Markets. Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (JOCPR). In press
  • Nderitu S.M., Nyambaka H. N. and Nawiri M. P. Sunflower and palm oils as potential preservatives of beta carotene extracted from Asystasia mysorensis and solanum nigrum. Food Research FR-2018-080 In press
  • Basweti J.K.,Nawiri,M. P and Nyambaka,H. N. Physiochemical Parameters and levels of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in water sediments and soil in River Nzoia, Kakamega County-Kenya In press
  • Wasike, P.W., Nawiri, M.P and Wanyonyi, A.W. Levels of Heavy Metals (Pb, Mn, Cu and Cd) in Water from River Kuywa and the Adjacent Wells (Accepted for publication Horizon Research Publishing, ID: 14011432)
  • Mungai, Z. M., Nawiri, M. P. and Nyambaka, H. N. (2017). Retention levels of vegetable extractable beta-carotene preserved in virgin coconut oil and unadulterated honey. Food Research 1 (5) : 170 – 175.
  • Okello, P.O., Nawiri, M.P., Musila, W. and Gweyi-Onyango, J.P. (2017). Water Stress Effect on Total Antioxiant Activity and Total Phenolic Content of Solanum scabrum Mill and Solanum scabrum in Kiambu, Kenya International Journal of Biochemistry Research & Review 17(1): 1-9.
  • Ogembo O.J, Nawiri, P, Musila, W and Gweyi-Onyango, J.P (2017). Effect of Phosphorus Deficiency on Phenolics and Antioxidants Content of Two African Nightshade Varieties Grown in Kenya. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science 15(3): 1-11.
  • Salano, O.A., Makonde, H.M., Kasili, R.W., Wangai, L.N., Nawiri, M.P and Boga, H.I (2017). Diversity and distribution of fungal communities within the hot springs of soda lakes in the Kenyan rift valley. African Journal of Microbiology Research Vol.11(19), pp. 764-775.
  • Mobegi, E.K, Nyambaka, H.N and Nawiri, M.P (2017). Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in water from Nairobi River, Nairobi County-Kenya."(ST1704-012) The International Journal of Science and Technology.
  • Obumba, MO., Nyambaka, H.N and Nawiri, M.P (2017). Levels of lutein increase with room temperature storage of smooth cayenne Ananas Comosus grown in different counties of Kenya. African Journal of Food Science. African Journal of Food Science.Vol.11 (6), pp. 178-182.
  • Ojiambo, O.C., Nawiri, M.P. and Masika, E. (2017). Reduction of cyanide levels in sweet cassava leaves grown in Busia County, Kenya based on different processing methods Food Research (In Press)
  • Mbakaya, C., Nyambaka, H., Waudo, J., Nawiri, M., Amukoye, E., Orege, P., Kisingu, W., Koech, D., Ndiege, I., Mpoke, S., Mwangi, M., Wanzala, P, and Muniu, E (2016). Effects of Mega Dose Micronutrient Supplementation On Serum Zinc, Retinol and Immune Status of Adult Males and Females Diagnosed with and Without HIV, Malaria and TB in Western Kenya – An Unpublished Perspective as at The Year 2004. EC Nutrition 4.5 967-979.
  • Mobegi, E.K, Nyambaka, H.N and Nawiri, M.P (2016). Physico -Chemical Characteristics and levels 0f Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in untreated water from Ngong River, Kenya. Journal of Pollution Effects & Control (accepted on 6th May 2016).
  • Hena, J.Y. Jr., Andala, D.M., Nyambaka, H.N. and Nawiri, M.P. (2016). Carotenoid Levels, Total Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Activity Variations in Varieties of Citrullus lanatus under Storage at Room Temperature. International Journal of Biochemistry Research & Review 9(3): 1-9.
  • Kamau, T., Nyambaka, H.N and Nawiri, M.P (2015). Understanding Geophagic Practice as a Source of Mineral Nutrients and Toxicants. International Journal of Modern Chemistry and Applied Science 2(4), 208-210
  • Odhiambo, V.O., Wanjau, R., Odundo, J.O and Nawiri, M.P. (2015). Toxic trace elements in different brands of milk infant formulae in Nairobi market, Kenya. African Journal of Food Sciwence Vol. 9(8), pp. 437-440
  • Njiru, M.K., Odundo, J.O., Wanjau, R.N and Nawiri, M.P (2014). Exploring the nutraceutical values of residues of MangiferaIndica L. grown in Embu County, Kenya. Journal of Kenya Chemical Society Vol 8: (1)83-88.
  • Onyambu, Z.M., Nawiri, M.P., Kareru, P and Wanjau, R. (2014). Levels of selected heavy metals in Aloe Vera branded herbal soaps sold in the Kenya market. Journal of Kenya Chemical Society Vol 8: (1) 98-102.
  • The artemisin potential of leaves from cultivars and wildlings of Artemisia annua L. grown in Western Kenya M. P (2013). International Journal of Education and Research Vol. 1 No. 7 1-10.
  • Odundo, J. O., Oyoo, D. and Nawiri, M. P. (2013). The artemisin potential of flowers from Artemisia annua L. grown in Western Kenya. Industrial Crops and Products 49 233– 236.
  • Nawiri, M.P., Nyambaka, H.N. and Murungi, J.I. (2013). Sundried cowpeas and amaranthus leaves recipe improves beta-carotene and retinol in serum and hemoglobin concentration among preschool children. European Journal of Nutrition 52 (2) 583-589 doi 10.1007/s00394-012-036-2.
  • Aywa, K., Nawiri, M.P. and Nyambaka, H.N. (2013). Nutrient variation in coloured varieties of Ipomea batatas grown in vihiga county, western Kenya. International Food Research Journal. 20(2): 819-825.
  • Muiruri, J.M., Nyambaka, H. N. and Nawiri, M. P. Heavy metals in water and tilapia fish from Athi-Galana-Sabaki tributaries, Kenya. International Food Research Journal. Ref No. IFRJ-2012-317 (Accepted on 10th Nov. 2012).
  • Nawiri, M.P., Muturi, I.K., Bichanga, R. and Murungi, J.I. Essential antioxidant elements in oils of the cake and shell of calodendrum capense nuts. Analytical Chemistry Letters. (Accepted in December 2012).
  • Nyambaka, H.N., Nderitu J., Nawiri, M.P and Murungi J.I. (2012). Use of kitchen steel wool as oxygen absorber improves storage retention of beta-carotene in solar-dried vegetables. Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry, 1 (6) 326-333.
  • Nawiri, MP, Nyambaka HN and Murungi JI (2012). Sun dried cowpeas and amaranth leaves recipe improves beta-carotene, retinol and hemoglobin levels in serum among preschool children. European Journal of Nutrition (manuscript accepted for publication on 6th April, 2012).
  • Mildred P. Nawiri (2008). Effect of dehydration of dark green leafy vegetables on Bioavailability and bioconversion of serum beta-carotene among preschool children (Ph D Thesis, Kenyatta University).
  • Mildred Pauline Oyugi (2000). Heavy metal and Pesticides in Marine sediment, seawater and seaplants along the Kenya-Mombasa Coastline (MSc Thesis. Kenyatta University).
  • S.K Bor, J.A. Simbauni, M.P Oyugi, W.M Njue and S.C Chhabra (2007). Organochlorine residues in tissues of marine fauna along the coast of Kenya-Mombasa Island. Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiopia, 21(1), 145-149.
  • Mildred Oyugi, Sumesh Chhabra, Wilson Njue and Anthony Kinyua (2003). Heavy metal and Pesticides in Marine sediment, seawater and seaplants along the Kenya-Mombasa Coastline. J. of Trace Microprobe Techniques, Vol 21 No. 1.pp.147-159.

Project Reports

  1. Nawiri, M.P (2024). A report on the ONLINE Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Nyamira County Submitted to Kenya National Commision for UNESCO (KNATCOM-UNESCO)….in press
  2. Nawiri, M.P (2023). A report on the ONLINE Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Uasin Gishu County Submitted to Kenya National Commision for UNESCO (KNATCOM-UNESCO).
  3. Nawiri, M.P (2022). A report on the ONLINE Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Garissa County Submitted to Kenya National Commision for UNESCO (KNATCOM-UNESCO).
  4. Nawiri, M.P (2021). A report on the ONLINE Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Bungoma and Busia County Submitted to Kenya National Commision for UNESCO (KNATCOM-UNESCO).
  5. Nawiri, M.P (2020). A report on the ONLINE Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Nairobi and Kajiado and Busia County Submitted to Kenya National Commision for UNESCO (KNATCOM-UNESCO).
  6. Nawiri, M.P (2019). A report on the Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Isiolo County Submitted to Kenya National Commision for UNESCO (KNATCOM-UNESCO).
  7. Nawiri, M.P & Nyachae, S. (2018). A report on the Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Embu County Submitted to Kenya National Commision for UNESCO (KNATCOM-UNESCO).
  8. Nawiri, M.P (2017). A report on the Rapid Survey on status of Science, Technology and Innovation Governance in Kenya and capacity buiding workshop on stregthening Science,  Technology Goverbance in Kenya Submitted to KNATCOM-UNESCO.
  9. Nawiri, M.P & Nyachae, S.A (2017). A report on the Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Kisumu County Submitted to KNATCOM-UNESCO.
  10. Nawiri, M.P & Nyachae, S.A (2016). A report on the Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Nakuru County Submitted to Kenya Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
  11. Nawiri, M.P & Nyachae, S.A (2016). A report on Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Mombasa County Submitted to KNATCOM-UNESCO.
  12. Nawiri, M.P & Nyachae, S.A (2015). A report on Student training on Entrepreneurial Promotion for Youth (STEP-4Y) in Kiambu County Submitted to UNESCO Regional

Papers Presented at Conferences

  • 2023-16th -19th October; Global Food Security and Defense Fellows Professional Development Program Theme “Promoting resiliency of the agriculture sector in developing economies in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, University of Pine Bluff, USA.
    • Paper Title: Nawiri, M.P: A case study of Muranga County
  • 2023-09th -16th September: PHASE and Sakura Science Joint Planetary Health S Theme “Technological Interventions addressing challenges in remote areas and marginal regions, Nagasaki University, Japan.
    • Paper Title: Nawiri, M.P: Iindigenous fruits and vegetables intervention to alleviate malnutrition in Kenya
  • 16th -18th November 2022 -Virtual Conference on Basic and Applied Sciences. Theme “embracing Science & Technology for Resilience and Transformation
    • Paper Title: Anyango, B., Nawiri, MP., nyambaka H and Andala, D:-Characterization of AlSO4-FeCl3-saponin-chitosan nanocomposite for removal of Cr (VI) in water
  • 2019-11th -12th April: Global Mobility & ERASMUS+ Theme “promotion of ERASMUS+ Programmes and fostering cooperation in Higher Education in Under-represented countries in eastern Africa, Kenyatta University, Kenya.
    • Paper Title: Nawiri, M.P: ERASMUS+ Programmes: The Experience of Kenyatta University
  • 2018-September: Euro-Global Conference on Food Science, Agronomy and technology. 20th- 22nd, Rome, Italy
    • Poster Title: Nawiri, M.P. Health Risk Assessment for peri-urban grown food crops in Kibra slum
  • 2017- 4th -6th October: 2nd International Conference on Higher Education Meru University of Science and Technology, Meru, Kenya
    • Paper Title: Nawiri, M.P. “Towards strengthening University –Industry partnership for Kenyatta University”
  • 2017- 9th -12th May: The 10th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference. United States International University (USIU)-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya Theme: ‘The Role of Chemistry in Inventing a Sustainable Future’.
    • Paper Title: MuturiN, Nawiri, M.P and Nyambaka, H.N. Retention of extractable beta carotene from indigenous vegetables Asystasia mysorensis and Solanum nigrum in sunflower and palm oils (Awarded Royal Society of Chemists (RSC) poster winners’ prize)
    • Paper Title: Basweti K.J, Nawiri, M.P and Nyambaka, H.N. levels of polyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in water, sediment and soil from a section of River Nzoia, Kakamega County-Kenya (Awarded RSC poster winners’ prize)
    • Paper Title: Muanje, A.D, Nawiri, M.P and Wanjau, R.N. Determination of skin lightening agents in skin lightening cosmetics sold in Mombasa County
    • Paper Title: Duya, C.O, Nawiri, M.P and Wafula, W.A. Variation in Levels of Vitamins A and C with Maturity of Amaranthus hybridus (L) Leaves Grown in Different Soil - types in Kwale County, Kenya
  • 2016- 4th-6th October: NIMR 30th Annual Joint Scientific Conference Julius Nyerere International Convection, Tanzania.
    • Paper Title: Nawiri, M.P, Hena, J., Andala, D.M and Nyambaka, H.N “Storing fruits of solanum lycopersicum at room temperature affects carotenoid levels, total phenolic content and antioxidant activity.
  • 2016- April 6 – 8: Humboldt “Kolleg” Naivasha, Kenya.
    • Paper Title: Nawiri, M.P, et al “Carotenoid levels, Total Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Activity Variations in Varieties of Citrullus lanatus under Storage at Room Temperature”. Theme: “Research and Networking: Laying the Foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals”
  • 2015- 27th – 29th: The 4th Africa food & Nutrition Forum October Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 2013- 24th-27 July: KDSA/DAAD Scientific paper Writing workshop held at Kenyatta University Conference center
    • Paper Title: Where do I publish my research paper?
  • 2013- 25th-26th April: Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) and Max Rubner-Institut (MRI) Conference on Trends and opportunities in the production, processing and consumption of staple food crops in Kenya held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
    • Paper Title: Nawiri, MP.,Nyambaka HN and Away K“The nutrient content in colored varieties of Ipomea batatas grown in Vihiga, Kenya.
  • 2012- 13th -15th December: International Science And Technology Conference (ISTEC) held at Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
    • Paper Title:- Nawiri M.P., Oyoo, D and Odundo, J. O. “ The artemisinin potential of leaves from cultivars and wildlings of Artemisia annua grown in Western Kenya”
  • 2012- 15th-16th November: Kenya DAAD Scholar’s Association Conference, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya
    • Paper Title:-Nawiri M.P., Nyambaka, H. and Aywa, K. “Nutrient content in colored varieties of ipomeabatatas”.
  • 2012-15th -18th October: The 7th International Conference of the Kenya Chemical Society held at Botanic Garden Maseno University, Kenya.
    • Paper Title:- Odundo, J. O., Nawiri M.P.and Oyoo, D “ The artemisinin potential of leavesfromcultivars and wildlings of Artemisia annua grown in Western Kenya”
  • ) 2010- 4th -8th October: 4th Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference held at Safari park hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Theme “Nutrition and Food security: Success and emerging challenges.
    • Paper Title:-Nyambaka, H,Nawiri M, et al. The nutritive value of indigenous vegetables in the lake Victoria basin in relation to HIV/AIDS management.
  • 2010- 18th -20th August; African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) Conference held at Monetary Studies College, Kenya. Theme “A decade into the 20th Century: The contribution of African Women Scientists and Engineers.
    • Paper Title:-Nawiri, M.P, Nyambaka H. and Murungi J.I. Effect of Dehydration of dark green leafy vegetables on bioavailability of serum beta-carotene among preschool children.
  • 2010- 10th-14th August; 1stEast African Regional Scientific Conference of Pure and Applied Sciences held at Kenyatta University Students Bussiness Centre, Kenya. Theme “The role of biological, physical and applied sciences in mitigating global climate change and achieving the millennium development goals”
    • Paper Title:-Nawiri, M.P, Nyambaka H. and Murungi J.I. Effect of dehydration of dark green leafy vegetables on bioavailability of serum retinol among preschool children.
  • 2003- 4th-31st August: Multidisciplinary course in tropical freshwater Ecosystems management at Kenya Wildlife Training Institute, Naivasha, Kenya,.
    • Paper Title:-Oyugi, M.P, Njue W and chhabra S.C (1999). Heavy metal and Pesticides in Marine sediment, seaplants and seawater along the Mombasa Coastline.
  • 1999-16th -20th August: The 3rd Kenya Chemical Society International Conference at JKUAT, Kenya.
    • Paper Title:-Oyugi, M.P, Njue W and Chhabra S.C (1999). Heavy metal and Pesticides in Marine sediment, seaplants and seawater along the Mombasa Coastline.