Microbiology is the scientific discipline that studies microbes and microbial diseases. Microbes are small organisms that require microscopic tools for visualization and these include bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. The discovery of microbes and the realization that they represent causative agents of human, animal and plant diseases has greatly transformed biological sciences. Basic practical skill in research and market driven courses in microbiology offered at the Department of Microbiology emphasizes our strong commitment in eradicating these pathogens.
The Department of Microbiology has established linkages with the University College Leuven Limburg (UCLL), Belgium. The collaboration has seen the two institutions establish an exchange program between the students and Department of Microbiology staff.
During the degree training, students proceed for industrial attachment in leading research institutions and food processing companies. Some of the institutions that our students have been attached include the Centre for Global Health Research of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Kenya Marine Fisheries and Research Institute, KEMRI Nairobi campus, the Kenya Government Chemist, KEMRI Alupe Research Centre and the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
BSc. Microbiology, regular class (Self or Government sponsored students), 4 years
BSc. Microbiology, Upgrading Class, Jan, May and Sept Intakes, 3 years
BSc. Microbiology and Immunology (Self or Government sponsored students), 4 years, proposed.