Dr. Samwel Odiwuor

Dr. Samwel Odiwuor, Lecturer Department of  Medical Laboratory Sciences

Email: sodiwour@mku.ac.ke


 Academic Qulaifications:

  1. PhD (Biomedical Sciences). University of Antwerp, Belgium in collaboration with the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp and the Center for Clinical Research of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi.
  2. Master of Science (Molecular Biology) – Catholic University Leuven and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
  3. Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry), Kenyatta University


Student Supervision

PhD on going:

  1. Laban N. Ireri (PHD/2014/62865). Thesis title: Characterization and Ecological Niche Modeling of Malaria and Vector Species in Embu County, Kenya. – MKU

 Masters graduated:

  1. 2015- Wamiti Lawrence Githendu (MMLS/2013/45439) Interactions between Entomopathogenic Fungus Metarhizium Anisopliae, Trypanosoma Congolense and Tsetse Fly Glossina Fuscipes Fuscipes – Done at Mount Kenya University and at ICIPE.
  2. John Kimani Ngugi (MMLS/2013/41429) – Determination of the Aetiology of Lymphadenopathy among Patients Attending Murang’a District Hospital. – MKU and at Muranga County Hospital
  3. Munyoki Nyamai (MMLS/2013/41066) – Comparative Determination of Cervical Intraepithelial Lesions between a High Risk Group and the General Population in Nairobi County – MKU and at Nairobi Women’s Hopsital.
  4. Cheruiyot Robert Sang (MMLS/2013/45445) – Antibiogram Patterns of Uropathogenic Escherichia Coli Isolated From Kericho County – MKU, data analysis stage

Masters on-going:

  1. Lilian Achacha (TM304-0944/2012) – Determination of Leishmania tropica Diversity and Distribution within Sandflies in an Endemic Focus of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Rural Kenya – done at JKUAT/ITROMID – data collection
  2. Alia M. Samson (MMLS/113/23639) – Iron Deficiency Anemia in Children Under 5 Years of Age in Central Equatoria State, South Sudan – MKU/Sudan, data analysis stage
  3. Joseph Mwiti Mwirigi (MMLS/2013/44416) – Antibiogram of Selected Enteropathogenic Beef Isolates in Retail Outlets of Nyeri Municipality, Nyeri County – MKU, data collection stage
  4. Nancy Asewe (MMLS/2013/45447) – Effect of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection on Immuno-Haematological Indices among Antenatal Clinic Attendees in An HIV Endemic Region of Western Kenya – MKU, data analysis stage
  5. Richard Langat (MPH/2014/79265) – Assessments of determinants of utilization of routine data for decision making in health facilities in Narok North Sub-County – MKU, data collection stage.
  6. AbdirashidDiney Mohammed (MPH/2014/66539) – Determination of Trend and Treatment Outcome for Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis Among Refugees in Dadaab Refugee Camps in Garissa County, Kenya



Determination of Leishmania tropica Diversity and Distribution within Sand Flies in an Endemic Focus of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Kenya”. This is collaboration between MKU and CBRD-KEMRI.



  1. Van der Auwera G, Bhattarai NR, Odiwuor S and Vuylsteke M. 2009. Remarks on identification of amplified fragment length polymorphisms linked to SAG resistance in Leishmania. Acta Trop. 110(1):80-5.
  2. Samwel Odiwuor, A Ageed Saad, S De Doncker, I Maes, T Laurent, S El Safi, M Mbuchi, P Büscher, J-C Dujardin and G Van der Auwera. 2010. Universal PCR assays for the differential detection of all Old World Leishmania Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 30: 209-218.
  3. Samwel Odiwuor, Marnik Vuylsteke, Simonne De Doncker, Ilse Maes, Margaret Mbuchi Jean-Claude Dujardin Gert Van der Auwera. Leishmania AFLP: Paving the Way towards Improved Molecular Assays and Markers of Diversity. Infect Genet Evol. (DOI: 10.1016/j.meegid.2011.03.008).
  4. Samwel Odiwuor, Simonne De Doncker, Ilse Maes, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Gert Van der Auwera. (1st report of the existence of) Natural Leishmania donovani / Leishmania aethiopica hybrids identified from Ethiopia. Infect Genet Evol. (DOI:10.1016/j.meegid.2011.04.026).
  5. Samwel Odiwuor, Nicolas Véland, Vanessa Adaui, Ilse Maes, Simonne De Doncker, Jorge Arevalo, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Gert Van der Auwera. Evolution of the Leishmania braziliensis species complex from amplified fragment length polymorphisms, and clinical implications. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Available online 10 April 2012, ISSN 1567-1348, 10.1016/j.meegid.2012.03.028.
  6. Samwel Odiwuor, Alfred M Muia, Charles G Magiri, Ilse Maes, George Kirigi, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Monique K Wasunna, Margaret M Mbuchi, Gert Van der Auwera. (2012). Identification of tropica from new micro-foci of cutaneous leishmaniasis within a larger endemic area in the Kenyan Rift-Valley. Pathogens and Global Health.
  7. Rogé S, Van Reet N, Odiwuor S, Tran T, Schildermans K, Vandamme S, Vandenberghe I, Vervecken W, Gillingwater K, Claes F, Devreese B, Guisez Y, Büscher P. (2013). Recombinant expression of trypanosome surface glycoproteins in Pichia pastoris for the diagnosis of Trypanosoma evansi infection. Vet Parasitol. 2013 May 17. pii: S0304-4017(13)00300-2. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2013.05.009.