Chair Representative Contact Group - GAELF
Centre for Microbiology Research
Kenya Medical Research Institute
PO Box 54840 – 00200
Office: +254 020 2722541
Cell: +254 728 592 855
Professor Njeri Wamae is a Kenyan. She started her research work on the dwarf tapeworm as a research assistant at Bowling Green State University, Ohio in 1979, thereby, igniting her passion to work with worms. In 1980, Njeri worked as a Public Health Officer Intern with Wood County Department of Health, Bowling Green. Her working experience in Africa started at the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases Ministry of Health in 1981 before joining the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in 1983 as Assistant Research Officer and rising to Chief Research Officer rank in 2003. Njeri is the Founding Director of Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC). From 2002-2009, Njeri was Director of KEMRI's Centre for Microbiology Research where she led a team of over 200 colleagues. In 2001, she took sabbatical leave to take up an appointment at Nagasaki University, Japan as a Visiting Researcher/ Professor. From 2009-2011, she worked at Kenya Methodist University where she served various positions including the Founding Dean, Directorate of Research and Development.
Njeri has published widely and supervised several students at local and international universities. Besides being Chief Research Officer at KEMRI, she holds a professorial appointment with Mount Kenya University. Since 2006, Njeri has been a member of World Health Organization Expert Committee, Parasitic Diseases. As a member of the WHO Africa Regional Programme Review Group since 2006, she has advised several national lymphatic filariasis programmes in Africa. She is a member of the NTD Regional Programme Review Group and the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) Steering Group as Chairperson of its Representative Contact Group,. Njeri is the Distinguished Service to Neglected Tropical Diseases (7th KASH-NTD) awardee; Chairperson of Kenya National Guinea Worm Eradication Certification Committee as well as Chairperson, Kenya National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation.