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2005-2008: PhD in Economic Botany, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
1996-1999: MSc. in Plant Taxonomy and Economic Botany, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
1990-1995: BSc. in Botany and Zoology, University of Nairobi.
1985-1989: High School studies at Kalawa High School, Makueni, Kenya.
1977-1985: Primary School studies at Kathongo Primary School, Makueni, Kenya.
SEKU-Moi University-VU university Amsterdam collaborative research grant    
Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) consortium research grant    2014
International Foundation for Science (IFS) Research Grant    2012 to date
SEKU Research grant                2010
DAAD/NAPRECA PhD scholarship    2005-2008
IFS research grant    2007-2008
DAAD short-term PhD fellowship to Germany    March-August 2007
Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VICRES) Research Grant                                                                             2007-2008                                              
University of Nairobi Post graduate fellowship    1996-1999
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Research Grant    2003-2005
Research Programme on Sustainable Use of Dryland  Biodiversity (RPSUD) Research Grant    1996-1999
Government of Kenya undergraduate studentship    1990-1995
Biology practical classes teaching assistantship    1997-1999
•    Conservation of plant biodiversity in threatened ecosystems.
•    Ethnobotany of Socio-economically useful plant species
•    Bioactivity studies of medicinal plants and other bioactive metabolites

2nd February 2010 to date: Permanent appointment as Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, Kenya.
September 2009 to January 2010: Lecturer on contract basis, Department of Biological Sciences, South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, Kenya
May 2009 to December 2009: Lecturer, Department of Biology, Kampala International University, Uganda
March 2007-August 2007: PhD Research fellow in Prof. Dr. Norbert Sewald’s research group, Department of Organic and Bio-organic chemistry, University of Bielefeld, Germany.
2000-2005: Research Scientist, Phytochemistry department and Centre for Biodiversity, National Museums of Kenya.
(1) June 2012 to date: Director, Wote Town Campus, South Eastern Kenya University
(2) November 2011 to June 2012: Associate Dean of Students, South Eastern Kenya  University
(2) November 2010 to October 2011, Dean, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, South Eastern Kenya University
(3) February 2010 8th November 2010: Chairman, Department of Biological Sciences, South Eastern Kenya University
(4) 2002-2005: Head of Phytochemistry Department, Centre for Biodiversity, National Museums of Kenya   
(5) 2003-2005: Co-coordinator, National Project on Community Based Conservation of Medicinal Plants (CBCMP), National Museums of Kenya    



1.    Yvette Ishimo; Reg. No. MEM/10002/81/DF; MSc. Thesis title: Impact of cattle grazing on the regeneration and conservation of Gishwati forest reserve in Rwanda; Graduated in 2010 from Kampala International University (KIU).

2.    Kieti Raphael Ndavi; Reg. No. I15O1/WTE/20214/2012; South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU); MSc. Thesis title: Assessment of the effects of land use methods on watershed degradation in Makueni County.
1.    Antony Kasyoka Nthenge , Reg. No. I501/Wte/20409/2013; South Eastern Kenya University (Seku); Msc. Thesis Title: Water Access Challeges And Coping Strategies In Selected Sites Of Makueni County. Submitted Thesis for  Examination.

2.    Aaron M. Mwaniki, Reg. No. A56/Kti/20334/2013. South Eastern Kenya University (Seku); Msc. Thesis Title:  Factors Affecting Sisal Cultivation  and adoption in Kiomo Division, Kitui County, Kenya. Thesis Write Up.

3.    Kebenei Mercy Cheruto; Reg. No: I501/Wte/20480/2014); South Eastern Kenya University (Seku); Msc. Thesis Title: Assessment of Land Use and Land Cover Change in Makueni County from 2000- 2016. Thesis Write Up.

4.    Urbanus Mutunga Mutua; Reg. No. A56/MAC/20087/2011; South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU); MSc. Thesis title: Assessing the impact of farming systems and land use change on dryland plant biodiversity: case study of Mwala and Yatta Districts in Machakos County, Kenya; Thesis write up.

5.    Charles Kisima Kimani, Reg. No. I501/WTE/20248/2012; South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU); MSc. Thesis title: An investigation of degradation levels in riparian ecosystems of Eastern semi arid region of Kenya; A case study of Kaiti River in Makueni County; Collecting data.

6.    Charles Ndung’u Thuo; Reg. No. I501/KIT/20095/2012. South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU); MSc. Thesis title. Determination of the factors affecting adoption and commercialization of tissue culture bananas in the semi-arid areas of lower Eastern region of Kenya; Thesis write up.
i.     Mbiri J. Wanja, Sichangi Kasili, Kisangau D. Patrick, Wilton Mbinda, Ngugi M. Piero, Anti-inflammatory properties of methanolic bark extracts of Terminalia brownii in Wistar albino rats, International Journal of Current Pharmaceutical Research Vol 8, Issue 3, 2016.

ii.    Daniel P. Kisangau, Ken M. Hosea, Herbert V. M. Lyaruu, Cosam C. Joseph, Zakaria H. Mbwambo, Pax J. Masimba. In vivo anticandida activity of three traditionally used medicinal plants in East Africa. Accepted for publication in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Development and Technology; 2016

iii.    Ezekiel Amri and Daniel P Kisangau. Ethnomedicinal study of plants used in villages around Kimboza Forest Reserve in Morogoro, Tanzania; International Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine; 8:200-211; 2012

iv.    Daniel P. Kisangau, Thora M. Herrmann, Herbert V. M. Lyaruu, Ken M Hosea,  Cosam C. Joseph, Zakaria. H. Mbwamboa and Pax J. Masimba, Traditional knowledge, use practices and conservation of medicinal plants for HIV/AIDS care in rural Tanzania. Ethnobotany Research & Applications, 9:43-57; 2011.

v.    D. P. Kisangau, H. V.M. Lyaruu, K. M. Hosea, C. C. Joseph, L. N. Bruno, K. P. Devkota, T. Bogner and N. Sewald. In vitro cytotoxicity of some medicinal plants used in traditional medicine in Tanzania; In C. P. Kala (Ed.), Medicinal Plants and Sustainable Development; Book Chapter publication; Nova Science Publishers,USA, © 2011; ISBN 978-1-61761-942-7, Chapter 7, Pg. 91-100.

vi.    D. P. Kisangau, K. M. Hosea, H. V. M. Lyaruu, C. C. Joseph, Z. H. Mbwambo, P. J. Masimba, C. B. Gwandu, L. N. Bruno, K. P. Devkota and N. Sewald. Screening of traditionally used Tanzanian medicinal plants for antifungal activity. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology; 47(8): 708-716; 2009.

vii.    Krishna P. Devkota, Bruno N. Lenta, Jeaan D. Wansi, Muhammad I. Choudhary, Daniel P. Kisangau, Qamar Nazi, Samreen S. and Nobert Sewald. Bioactive 5α-pregnane type steroidal alkaloids from Sarcococca hookeriana. Journal of Natural Products; 2008, 71:1481-1484.

viii.    Daniel P. Kisangau, Herbert V.M. Lyaruu, Ken M. Hosea and Cosam C. Joseph. Use of traditional medicines in the management of HIV/AIDS opportunistic infections in Tanzania: a case of Bukoba Rural District. International Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2007, 3 (1):29.

ix.    Daniel Patrick Kisangau and Thora Martina Herrmann. Utilization and conservation of medicinal plants used for primary health care in Makueni district, Kenya. International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management. 2007, 3:184-192.

x.    D.P Kisangau, K.M. Hosea, C.C. Joseph and H.V.M. Lyaruu.  In vitro antimicrobial assay of plants used in traditional medicine in Bukoba Rural district, Tanzania. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2007, 4(4):510-523.

xi.    Owuor, B.O. and Kisangau, D.P. Kenyan medicinal plants used as antivenin: a comparison of plant usage. International Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 2006 2(1):7.

xii.    Kisangau, D. and Kokwaro, J.O. Use of Medicinal plants in Kenya, Book Chapter contribution in: UNDP. Sharing Innovative experiences of the successful conservation and sustainable use of Dryland Biodiversity, UNDP, Special Unit for South-South cooperation, TWAS,  TWNSO, GEF, UNEP; 2004. 9:60-63.

xiii.    Kisangau D.P and Muthoka P.N. An overview of the conservation status of  medicinal plants in Kenya, Annals of Arid Zone. 2004, 43:391-400.

xiv.    Kisangau D.P. Preliminary survey of indigenous fodder plants in Elangata Wuas and Kilonito Locations of Kajiado district, Kenya, 2002. Published in RPSUD biannual magazine.

xv.    Kisangau D.P. Aloe secundiflora Engl.:A case study on its conservation status at Loodokilani and Kilonito locations, Kajiado district, Kenya, 2000. Published  in RPSUD biannual magazine.

xvi.    Kisangau D.P Ethnobotany and conservation status of Xerophyta spekei in Makueni district, Kenya, 1999.  Published in RPSUD biannual magazine.

Papers published in conference proceedings

(i) Musila W; Kisangau D.P. and Muema J. Conservation status and use of medicinal plants by Traditional medical practitioners in Machakos district, Kenya: Traditional aspects of health and wellness; Proceedings of inter-institutional consortium for indigenous knowledge; Transforming the Academy, 27-29 May 2004, Pennsylvania State University, USA, 2004.

(ii) Musila W; Kisangau D.P. and Muema J. Use of medicinal plants by Kamba traditional birth attendants in Machakos district, Kenya In: Odera J and Oyieke H (Eds.) Proceedings of regional workshop on ‘Sustainable Biodiversity management for reduced community vulnerability to drought’ held at Lake Bogoria Hotel (Kenya), 30th September-4th October 2003.

(iii) Daniel P. Kisangau and John O. Kokwaro. An ethnomedicinal and statistical validation of some indigenous plants used for systemic conditions in Makueni district, Kenya. Proceedings of the ‘First national workshop on Medicinal, Aromatic and other under-utilized plant species in Kenya’ held at Kenya Wildlife Service Institute, Naivasha, Kenya, 29th Oct- 3rd Nov 2001.

(iv) D.P Kisangau and J.O Kokwaro. Herbal remedies used for gynaecological and sexually transmitted diseases in Makueni district, Kenya In: Nikundiwe A.M (Ed). Proceedings of the Regional workshop on ‘Sustainable management of biodiversity in the third Millenium and beyond’ held at Eland Motel, Arusha, Tanzania, September 28-30, 2000.
Papers presented in other professional meetings/conferences
(i) Kisangau D.P; Ethnobotany of indigenous leafy vegetables with potential therapeutic and immunomodulatory properties in Kenya; Presentation made at the 15th NAPRRECA Symposium held at Khartoum, Sudan, 7th to 10th December 2013.

(ii) Musila W., Kisangau D. and Muema J., 2005. Medicinal Plants used by Kamba  Traditional Birth Attendants in Kenya: A case study of Machakos, Makueni and Kitui  districts: Presentation made at the XVII International Botanical Congress held in Vienna, Austria, Europe, 17-23 July 2005.

(iii) Daniel P. Kisangau and John O. Kokwaro. Medicinal plants used in the treatment of chest problems in Makueni district, Kenya. Presentation made at the ‘World’s Indigenous people conference: perspectives and processes’ held at Okanagan University college, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 16-19 October, 2002.

(iv) Daniel P. Kisangau and John O. Kokwaro. Medicinal plants used for gastro-intestinal conditions in Makueni district, Kenya. Presentation made at International conference on ‘Conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of resources in arid zones’ held at Sultan Qaboos State University, Muscat, Oman, 24 -26 April 2002.

(v) Kisangau D.P, Midiwo J.O and Kokwaro J.O. Abundance of secondary metabolites in some medicinal plants of Makueni district, Kenya.  The 9th Symposium of the Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA), 27- 31 August, 2001, KICC, Nairobi, Kenya, 2001.
Technical reports
(i) Winfred M. Musila; Daniel P. Kisangau and Joyce M. Muema. Ethnobotanical survey of the medicinal plants used by traditional birth attendants in the Kamba community, Kenya. A technical report of Community-based conservation of medicinal plants (CBCMP) project to the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Phases I-III, 2003-2005.
(ii) Winfred Musila, Daniel Kisangau and Joyce Muema.   Kamba Traditional Midwifery Training workshop: Lessons and Experiences; Machakos town, Kenya, 24-28 January 2005. A technical report to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Training workshops/seminars and other professional forums
(i)    Participated in GIS/Remote sensing training held at the University of Sydney, Australia; June-July 2015
(ii)    Participated in a training course on “Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit” held at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) main campus from 18th August to 4th September 2014. Qualified as Lead expert in Environmental and social impact assessment and audit.
(iii)    Participated in “India-Africa Training course on Traditional Knowledge Systems: Review, revitalization and modern scientific approach”, Ooty, India, 3rd to 22nd March 2014.
(iv)    Participated in a collaborative workshop to establish a Transdisciplinary Applied Research Centre between SEKU, Moi University and VU University, Amsterdam held at Moi University 3rd to 7th February 2014.

(v)    Participated in Pre-symposium training workshop on “Microtitre plate-based screening of novel targets for Neglected diseases” held at Khartoum, Sudan, from 3-5 December 2013 during the 15th NAPRECA Symposium.

(vi)    Participated in High Level Expert Forum on Biodiversity and Climate Change held at National Museums of Kenya, 18th to 19th July, 2013.

(vii)    Participated in a training workshop on “Sustainable production, harvesting and conservation of botanical pesticides” held at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya, 28th to 31st January 2013.

(viii)    Participated in a workshop/conference on “The Future of Biodiversity Research in Africa: Scope, Opportunities, Collaboration, Access and Benefit Sharing” held at Taita Taveta University College, Voi, Kenya, 17th to 20th July 2012.

(ix)    Participated in three-part International Deans’ Course Africa 2011/2012 on Management of Higher Education including Quality Assurance (Part I held at Osnabrueck and Berlin, Germany from 20th to 30th June 2011; Part II held at Kenyatta University, Kenya from 8th to 9th November, 2011; Part III held at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia from 20th to 24th, February 2012).

(x)    Participated in a course on Performance Management and Contracting held on 28th April 2011 at Kitui Parkside Villa, Kenya.

(xi)    Participated in a DAAD Alumni Expert Seminar on “Capacity Building in Integrated Watershed Management for Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Conflict Resolution in Transboundary Mountainous Ecosystems of Eastern Africa” held at Mbale, Mt Elgon, Uganda from 3rd to 14th of April 2011

(xii)    Participated in DelPHE IT British Council Field Training Workshop For East Africa on conservation of Lake Naivasha ecosystem  Held At Lake Naivasha 23rd March To 6th April 2011

(xiii)    Participated on a workshop on management of Schools and Departments in the University held at Masinga Guest Resort, Kenya from 12th to 13th April, 2010.

(xiv)    Successfully participated in an International course on ‘Ecological considerations for sustainable agricultural development projects’ held in Shefayim, State of Israel from 24th November-15th December, 2004.

(xv)    Successfully participated in the ‘4th Tropical African bryology training course’ held at the University of Nairobi from 11th to 22nd March, 2002.
I acted as a Peer Reviewer for the following articles:
1.  Ethnopharmacological survey of medicinal plants used by traditional healers and indigenous people in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh for the treatment of snakebite; Evidence-based Journal of Complementary and Alternative medicine; December 2014.
2. Manuscript ID. 782-IJBCS,  ‘Induction of early apoptosis and ROS production activity of Tanzanian basidiomycetous fungus (Cantharellus miomboensis)’, International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences (IJBCS), July 2010.
3. Manuscript ID. NPHB-2008-0005.R1., ‘Antifungal activity analysis of various plant extracts against Phytophthora capsici Leonia which commonly causes Root Neck burn in pepper in Kahramanmarap Region, Turkey’, Int. Journal of pharmaceutical Biology.  March 2008.
4. Manuscript ID. NPHB-2008-0516., ‘The Anti-inflammatory activities of Echinacea extracts do not correlate with traditional marker components’, Int. Journal of pharmaceutical Biology.  June 2008.
5. Manuscript ID. NPHB-2008-0733., ‘Cosmetic application of selected traditional Indian herbal medicines’, Int. Journal of pharmaceutical Biology.  August 2008.
Community Service
1.    Chairman Board of Management, Chemichemi Secondary School in Kalawa Ward, Makueni County-2011 to date
2.    Chairman, Rural community Empowerment-Kenya (RUCEKE) CBO-2010-Todate
3.    Secretary, Thwake Multi-purpose Dam Project Affected Persons (PAP) committee-2013 to date
4.    Ex-official Co-ordinator, Kathulumbi welfare group, Kalawa ward-makueni County

•    Society for Economic Botany (SEB)
•    Natural Products Network for East and Central Africa (NAPRECA).
•    Kenya Society of Ethnoecology (KSE)
•    IFS Alumni Association of Kenya (IAAK)
•    Kenya DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA)
•    Kenya working group for medicinal and aromatic plants (KWG-MAPS)    
•    Kenya Association of Forest Users (KAFU)