Chief Research Scientist
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)


Prof. Sammy Njenga has PhD in Public Health Parasitology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. He also has MSc (First Division), in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India and BSc (Hons) in Zoology & Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.  


Prof. Sammy Njenga is a Chief Research Scientist in Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). He is the current Director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC) which is a training and research centre at KEMRI. He has risen through various ranks in KEMRI since starting his research career as a Research Assistant in 1991.  Research and development activities in KEMRI are directed by the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) for which Prof. Njenga is the current Secretary.

Prof. Njenga holds a visiting professorial position at the department of parasitology, Nagasaki University, Japan and also teaches control of parasitic infections in a graduate programme of KEMRI and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He has supervised and mentored a large number of students while undertaking their masters and doctoral degree projects.

Prof. Njenga is often invited to serve as a World Health Organization (WHO) Temporary Advisor on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) during workshops and technical meetings. He is also often called upon to provide technical assistance during implementation of NTD programmes in countries in the Eastern and Southern African region to particularly give training in areas of mapping, monitoring and evaluation.

Prof. Njenga is also a scientific reviewer of several peer reviewed journals, including Parasites & Vectors, Trends in Parasitology, African Journal of Health Sciences, and Journal of Helminthology.