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The Center for Microbiology research has key installations in different locations including the Kenyatta National Hospitals, the KEMRI headquarters at Mbagathi, Kwale and Kisumu sites. Some labs belonging to CMR have specialized equipments that enable researchers carry our sophisticated experiments and this has contributed significantly to the high turn over of scientific proposals and research publications from this center. Below, we highlight some of these facilities

The Enteric Pathogens Research Laboratory.

This lab is situated in the KNH compound at the CRDR compound. The Enteric Pathogens research unit conducts research in this lab. Research in dysentery, cholera, Salmonellosis and traveler's diarrhea is conducted in this facility. This is the only facility in Kenya that has the Pulsed field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) equipment. The head of this lab is Dr. Sam M Kariuki. The following key equipments are available in this lab

  • Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis Equipment (PFGE) for genotyping bacterial isolates and strains
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines for characterization of microbial genomes
  • Gel documentation systems for Molecular data capture
  • Deep freezers (for long-term storage of isolates) and fridges
  • Molecular-grade water distiller
  • Autoclave for media and culture sterilization
  • Cold and ambient temperature centrifuges
  • Level 2 safety cabinets
  • Incubators

The Mycology Laboratories.

The mycology lab is also situated in the KNH compound and is also within the CRDR compound. This facility houses the Mycology and Opportunistic Research Unit. The Lab is headed by Dr. Christine Bii and has a wide range of equipments including

  • PCR machines,
  • Lamina flow for sterile microbiology
  • The following key equipments are available in this lab
  • Gel electrophoresis machines

Bacteriology lab/Teaching lab

This lab is located within the KNH compound next to the National Public Health Laboratories and the National Aids and STD co-ordination Program (NASCOP). The Hospitality Industry Support Program (HISP) conducts laboratory investigation in this facility. The lab has a capacity to process and analyze blood, stool and urine samples. Every year students from various tertiary institutions are attached to this lab for their Thesis and research projects. Here, students learn basic techniques in bacteriology and microscopy.

The Research, Care Training Program Laboratory

The RCTP conducts research in this lab which is located in the same block as the bacteriology Lab and the NUITM labs. Microscopic investigations of vaginal swabs collected from women enrolled in HIV studies and other studies investigating Pelvic Inflammatory diseases in women. The lab also offers QC/QA services for other labs outside Kenya doing similar work. Every year, hundreds of slides from vaginal slides Zimbabwe are read here. The following key equipments are available in the Nairobi lab

  • Cold room for medium-term storage
  • Anaerobic incubation systems
  • Teaching and diagnostic microscopes
  • Sterilization systems
  • Deep freezers

The following equipment are also available in the Kisumu lab

Incubator Hematology Analyser(Celltac Alpha)
Microscope Elisa Reader and Washer
Liquid Nitrogen Tank BD FACSCount
Autoclave Freezer -20C
Datafax Machine Freezer -80C
Colposcope Biosafety Cabinet
Vehicles ( 8 vehicles)-Kisumu and Suba Centrifuge
Buildings (Kisumu and Suba) Roller Mixer & Rotator

The Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine (NUITM) lab

Currently, the NUITM group is rehabilitating four CMR labs and upgrading them to international standards. This upgrade includes fitting the labs with Level 3 safety cabinets capable of handling viral work and other pathogens that are considered risky to work with in standard labs. The labs will also have modern PCR machines and other equipments for Molecular Biology

CMR facilities and KEMRI HQs (Mbagathi complex)

Besides the laboratory facilities at the KNH complex, CMR has three major Laboratory units at the HQ. The parasitology lab mainly handles laboratory investigations of specimen from patients suspected to be suffering from cryptosporidiosis. Further analysis of stool samples from HISP are done here. Dr. Oundo is the team leader of the bacteriology group at the headquarters and has in the past studied molecular aspects of pathogenic E. coli. The third lab is under Mr. Willy Sang and mainly deals with enteric pathogens like pathogenic E. coli, Shigella and related genera. The following key equipments are available in these three labs

  • Water distillations unit
  • Deep freezer systems
  • Teaching microscopes
  • PCR machines
  • Incubators

Lab facilities in Kwale

CMR has satellite labs at the Kenyan coastal town of Kwale. These facilities are mainly concentrated within the Kwale District Hospitals. In the past, these labs have played a vital role in analysis of cholera samples from various outbreaks that are now common in the Kenyan coast. The lab is also an important facility for the Filariasis study project. The NUITM group has also identified these labs are important installations in various study that will include microbiology and parasitology.