Saturday, October 20, 2012

Scientist Samuel Kariuki wins Royal Society Pfizer Award 2012

Dr. Samuel Kariuki, a senior director at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Chief Research Scientist and Head of Department, Centre of the Microbiology Research has bagged the Royal Society Pfizer Award 2012 for his outstanding research in invasive Non-Typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) infections in Kenya.

The decorated Kenyan scientist will walk away with a cash reward of £60,000 (Sh8.22million) for his research work and a further £5,000 (Sh685,000) as a personal award at a ceremony slated for 31st October at the Royal Society in London.
The annual award is given to scientists working in the biological sciences to promote capacity-building in Africa.
Another scientist honored was Dr. Martin Ota who received the Royal Society Pfizer Exceptional Merit Award in 2012 for his work into the relationship of pneumococcal protein antibody levels to nasopharyngeal carriage of pneumococci in early infancy.

Samuel Karuiki Profile
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi in 1989
MSc in Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Nairobi in 1991
 PhD (Tropical Medicine), University of Liverpool in 1997
As a Postdoctoral fellow of the Wellcome Trust, he researched on the epidemiology and genetic characterization of invasive Non-Typhoidal Salmonella (NTS).
Sanger International Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Board Member, Association for Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) and Interim Chair for the Kenya Chapter
Ambassador of the American Society for Microbiology, East African Region

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