Medicinal Chemistry
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This Thematic area deals with chemistry, design and synthesis of biologically active compounds. The department carries out in vitro and in vivo testing of bioactive compounds of natural origin as well as synthetic compounds. Training in this thematic area is offered at undergraduate (B. Pharm) level. Masters degree in medicinal Chemistry is under development.

Currently thematic area is headed by Prof. F.N. Kamau who was appointed on 24th December 2014.

The academic members of staff serving in this thematic area include:

The technical staff supporting this thematic area:

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Career opportunities

Medicinal chemistry is the application of chemical research techniques to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Earlier medicinal chemists were primarily concerned with the creation of new synthetic drug compounds. Medicinal chemistry is almost always geared toward drug discovery and development.

The students upon successful completion of the master’s programme will have the necessary skills and competencies to find employment in a wide range of institutions such as hospitals, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, private research institutions, local and national government authorities and agencies.

Research and Projects

The thematic unit supports both postgraduate and undergraduate student’s research by providing facilities and supervision in carrying out the isolation of compounds from plants and testing the same for pharmacological activity.


All B.Pharm graduates are alumni of the Medicinal Chemistry thematic unit. The alumni are listed at the School of Pharmacy website.

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