Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has appointed Professor Samuel Kariuki as the Acting Director-General of the Kenya Medical Research Institute- KEMRI replacing Prof. Yeri Israel Kombe, who has served the Institute in the same capacity for the last three years.
Prof. Kariuki holds a Bachelor of Veterinary degree from University of Nairobi, a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the same university and a Ph.D. in Tropical Medicine from the University of Liverpool, UK.
Until his appointment, Prof. Kariuki was the Director in charge of Research and Development a position he has held since 2018.
Congratulations!👏🏾 Prof. Sam Kariuki on your appointment as the Acting DG KEMRI
Prof. Kariuki replaces Prof Kombe who has served the Institute for over 30 yrs & has been the DG for the last 3 yrs. We wish Prof. Kombe all the best in his future endeavors pic.twitter.com/z2MpQbYHJW
— Kenya Medical Research Institute (@KEMRI_Kenya) March 5, 2021
Kariuki takes the helm of the medical research institute at a time Kenya has kicked off the vaccination exercise against COVID-19.
He will be expected to ensure timely testing of COVID-19 and safety of COVID -19 vaccines.