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Chief Research Scientist and Director, Centre for Microbiology Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute

Sam Kariuki is Chief Research Scientist and Director, Centre for Microbiology Research at KEMRI in Nairobi and a Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute International Fellow. He is visiting Professor of Tropical Microbiology, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK. He is Co-ordinator of Medical Microbiology postgraduate course, Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, KEMRI. He has research interest in the epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance of enteric bacterial pathogens, including invasive non-typhoidal salmonellosis (NTS) and typhoid fever, Shigella spp, Vibrio cholerae and Escherichia coli. He is Chair, Global Antimicrobial Resistance Partnership (GARP)-Kenya chapter and in 2014-16, led the initiative for development of the Situational Analysis on AMR in Kenya culminating in the National Action Plan Draft document. He has Authored/co-authored over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 3 text books on Antimicrobial resistance and Food Safety.


  • –present
    Researcher Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Kenya Medical Research Institute


  • 1997 
    University of Liverpool, PhD Tropical Medicine