I, Dr. Wilfred Emonyi Injera PhD, was employed at Alupe University as Senior Lecturer and acting Chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at the School of Health Sciences in 2018. Prior to this appointment I had been working for the last 37 years with various hospital diagnostic, research and teaching Laboratories in Kenya. I worked with the Ministry of Health as a Medical Laboratory Technologist; Nairobi University as Senior Technician, Moi University as Chief Technician and later as Lecturer in the Department of Immunology, School of Medicine. During my service at the School of Medicine, I doubled up as the Laboratory Manager / Director at the AMPATH Reference Laboratories, Eldoret. As the Laboratory Manager at the AMPATH Reference Laboratories, I lead the laboratory to ISO 15189/2007 accreditation by KENAS in Feb 2012. I further established regional working collaboration with KEMRI-Walter Reed Program Laboratories in Kericho and the CDC HIV-R Laboratories in Kisumu around which the MOH laboratory quality management systems training for the West Kenya region was established by the National HIV Reference Laboratory in Nairobi. I am a member of the Immunology Society of Kenya and the Association of Kenya Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers. I am also a certified trainer on the strengthening laboratory improvement process towards accreditation (SLIPTA) program by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and Laboratory Biorisk Management by One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA). I am a past chair of the education committee of the Kenya medical laboratory technicians and technologists board (KMLTTB). I am a peer reviewer for several journals including Asian Journal of Research in Nursing and Health; Journal of Advances in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Asian Journal of Pediatric Research; International Journal of Tropical Diseases and Health and Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International. Currently I serve Alupe University as a committee member to the lake region economic block (LREB) University Partnership.

Academic Qualifications

Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology – Kenya Medical Training College – 1979; Nairobi. Kenya.

Higher National Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology – Kenya Medical Training College – 1983; Nairobi. Kenya

Master of Health Science, - The school of hygiene and public health - Johns Hopkins University - 1998. USA.

PhD (Immunology) – School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University, Nairobi. 2013. Kenya.

PhD in Immunology. 2013. Kenyatta University.

Thesis: Stimulation of Anti-Mosquito Immune Responses in Balb/C Mice Immunized with Plasmids containing Anopheles gambiae Mucin 1 (Agmuc1), GM-CSF and IL-12 Genes

Research Interests

1.     In recent years there have been significant insights into the complex etiologies of neuropsychiatric brain disorders. Meta-analyses of genome-wide association study (GWAS) results encompassing thousands of samples have been completed for some psychiatric disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. However, published results on neuropsychiatric disorders have often not included samples of African ancestry.  

The specific objectives of this study are:

a)     To determine the phenotypic presentation of psychotic disorders in African populations

b)     To describe the genetic variation between patients with psychotic disorders and those without in African populations

c)     To examine the association between genetic variation and risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in African populations 


2.     Covid 19 study: SARS-Cov-2 (severe acute respiratory disease coronavirus 2), which causes Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID19) was first detected in China in late 2019 and has since then caused a global pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, 20201. Globally, there have been 594,367,247 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,451,016 deaths, reported to WHO. In Africa, there have been 12,310,100 confirmed cases including 256,420 deaths reported to WHO. In Kenya, there have been 338,047 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5,673 deaths, reported to WHO2. All the 47 counties in the country have now reported COVID-19 infections with Nairobi County leading with 129,123 cases as of March 31, 2022. Busia has reported 6,467 cases as of march 2022.

Surveys of knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) are vital for understanding the public’s level of awareness toward COVID-19 which can then be corroborsted with the levels of exposure to Covid 19 by establishing seropositivity rates.

The specific objectives of the study are:

a.     To determine the KAP of a selected group of boda boda riders in Busia county

b.     To determine the prevalence of SARS Cov 2 antibodies in boda boda riders in Busia county

c.      To correlate KAP with SARS Cov 2 antibodies prevalence among Busia county boda boda riders


• Title of Main Research Projects –indicate if they are funded by whom and /or collaborative with whom, etc.

1.     NEUROPSYCHIATRIC GENETICS OF AFRICAN POPULATIONS – PSYCHOSIS (NEUROGAP-P) – L. Atwoli, E. Kwoba, W. Emonyi and G. Kigen. This project is supported by the Stanley Global Neuropsychiatric Genetics Initiative, which is overseen by Steve Hyman and directed by Karestan Koenen and operates in three regions: Africa, Latin America, and East Asia.

SEROPREVALENCE OF SARS-COV 2 ANTIBODIES IN BODA BODA RIDERS INTERACTING WITH LONG DISTANCE TRUCK DRIVERS IN BUSIA COUNTY. Emonyi, WI; Okedi, W; Ombok, C. This protocol is supported by the Alupe University Annual Research Funds 2020

  1. Elizabeth G. Atkinson, Shareefa Dalvie, Yakov Pichkar, Allan Kalungi, Lerato Majara, Anne Stevenson, Tamrat Abebe, Dickens Akena, Melkam Alemayehu, Fred K. Ashaba, Lukoye Atwoli, Mark Baker, Lori B. Chibnik, Nicole Creanza, Mark J. Daly, Abebaw Fekadu, Bizu Gelaye, Stella Gichuru, Wilfred E. Injera, Roxanne James, Symon M. Kariuki, Gabriel Kigen, Nastassja Koen, Karestan C. Koenen, Zan Koenig, Edith Kwobah, Joseph Kyebuzibwa, Henry Musinguzi, Rehema M. Mwema, Benjamin M. Neale, Carter P. Newman, Charles R.J.C. Newton, Linnet Ongeri, Sohini Ramachandran, Raj Ramesar, Welelta Shiferaw, Dan J. Stein, Rocky E. Stroud, Solomon Teferra, Mary T. Yohannes, Zukiswa Zingela, Alicia R. Martin, and NeuroGAP-Psychosis Study Team. 2022. Genetic structure correlates with ethnolinguistic diversity in eastern and southern Africa. The American Journal of Human Genetics 109, 1667–1679.
  2. Bunoro WZ, Injera EW, Wanjau T. The Occurrence of Alloantibodies among Multitransfused Oncology Patients at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. Int J Rec Innov Med Clin Res. 2021;3(4):13-18.
  3. Khisa, T. W., Omwenga, E. O., Emonyi, W.I. Sickle cell trait frequencies in blood donors and its effect among recipients in Bungoma county, Kenya. East African Medical Journal.  July 2021, 98 (7): 3916 – 3925. July 2021
  4. Ngangali, J.P., Mutesa, L., Nsanzimana, S., Munyemana, J.B., Emonyi W. I., Patel Kirtika, P., Gatare, S., Rutayisire, R., Ndishimye, I.V., Ntagwabira, E., Nkinda, L., Chemtai. A.K. 30 Jul, 2021. Cytokine’s Imbalance, the Hallmark of Immune Dysfunction in HIV/AIDS Patients in Rwanda. DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-753234/v1
  5. Alicia, M., Elizabeth, A., Anne, S., Sinéad, C., Rocky, S., Tamrat, A., Akena, D., Melkam, A., Ashaba, F., Lukoye, A., Tera, B., Lori, C., Daly, M., Desmet, T., Dodge, S., Fekadu, A., Ferriera, S., Gelaye, B., Gichuru, S., Injera, W., Roxanne, J., Kariuki, S., Kigen, G., Koenen, K., Kwobah, E., Kyebuzibwa, J., Majara, L., Musinguzi, H., Mwema, R., Neale, B., Newman, C., Newton, C., Pickrell, J., Ramesar, R., Shiferaw, W., Stein, D., Teferra, S., van der Merwe, C., Zingela, Z.,  Neurogap-Psychosis Study Team. Low-coverage sequencing cost-effectively detects known and novel variation in underrepresented populations Am J Hum Genet. 2021 Apr 1;108(4):656-668. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2021.03.012. Epub 2021 Mar 25.
  6. Kiyeng, D.K., Muturi, M.W., Emonyi, W.I. Seroprevalence of transfusion transmissible infections in Eldoret Regional Blood Transfusion Centre, Kenya. Journal of Advanced Research in Applied Sciences. 2018, 2, (2): 1-5.
  7. Lewa, M., Mallewa, J., Szubert, A., Mugyenyi, P., Chidziva, E., Thomason, M., Chepkorir, P., … The REALITY trial team. Effect of ready-to-use supplementary food on mortality in severely immunocompromised HIV-infected individuals in Africa initiating antiretroviral therapy (REALITY): an open-label, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial. Lancet HIV 2018; 5: e231–240. Published Online April 10, 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3018(18)30038-9
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