KEMRI's Sam Kinyanjui Lands Oxford University Job

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  • Samson Kinyanjui, the Head of Training at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Research Programme on Sunday, July 5, shared news of his latest appointment.

    Kinyanjui announced that he would be joining the Oxford University in England as an Associate Professor.

    In his position at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme which he has held since 2008, Kinyanjui was responsible for the growth and development of hundreds of young African scientists.

    "Proud to be appointed an Oxford University Associate Professor. Particularly happy for the recognition of the research capacity building efforts I am involved in.

    Sam Kinyanjui, Head of Training at KEMRI-Welcomme Trust Research Programme pictured at a past event
    Sam Kinyanjui, Head of Training at KEMRI-Welcomme Trust Research Programme pictured at a past event
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    "I thank everyone who has contributed towards me getting the appointment and my wonderful Kemri-Wellcome team," he wrote.

    His announcement attracted several congratulatory responses from Kenyans, many stating that he deserved the appointment given his celebrated work.

    Among other things, Kinyanjui at KEMRI-Wellcome was in charge of conducting training and developing methodologies for capacity building in Malaria research for the East Africa region.

    One of Kinyanjui's colleagues at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, consultant paediatrician Sarah Atkinson, was also appointed as an Associate Professor at Oxford.

    Her research at the programme was focused on interactions between infection & nutrition in children with a particular focus on Iron.

    In 2019, Kinyanjui was one of two scientists who were awarded medals by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the 2019 European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health. 

    Kinyanjui's research career began in 1994 at the Wellcome Trust Labs in Nairobi where he undertook malaria pharmacology studies.

    He then moved to Kilifi County to study immunity to Malaria for his PhD before being awarded a Wellcome Trust training fellowship in 2004.

    Sam Kinyanjui (left) pictured at an award ceremony in 2019
    Sam Kinyanjui (left) pictured at an award ceremony in 2019
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