Dr. D. Ochwang’i, lecturer in the DVAP has been awarded a 3year post-doctoral Fellowship courtesy of the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship (AR-PDF)
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Dr. Dominic Omosa Ochwang’i, lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology has been awarded a three-year post-doctoral Fellowship courtesy of the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship (AR-PDF).  This fellowship is aimed at building a critical mass of African leaders who are well equipped to independently lead science programmes at local and international levels including capacity to engage successfully with funders, policy makers, communities and other stakeholders and serve as mentors and supervisors for the next generation of researchers in Africa.

During the fellowship, Dr. Ochwang’i will conduct research on a study entitled Alternative and complementary cancer therapy using medicinal plants: From molecular characterization to pre-clinical testing. In his study, Dr. Ochwang’i will seek to investigate the anticancer potential of selected Kenyan medicinal plants through evaluation of their effects on breast, prostate, leukemia, colon, glioblastoma, cervical and esophageal human cancer cell lines selective cytotoxic viability, molecular gene expression profiling, pre-clinical in-vivo testing in  mice cancer xenografts and active dog cancers.

The study intends to scientifically validate the anticancer effects of the selected medicinal plants extracts and identified molecules for therapeutic efficacy assurance. It is envisaged that the outcome of this work will be a validation of use of medicinal plants as an alternative and complementary source of cancer therapy. The research team intends to engage Traditional Medical Practitioners (TMPs) as stakeholders for this innovative approach for the development of natural products for local indigenous community consumption as well as industry development and potential commercialization. This will primarily provide a standard for medicinal plant use and also reduce treatment cost of cancer in the human population.