Dr. Frank Onyambu

Frank is a board-licensed medical laboratory professional senior lecturer interested in infectious disease research and genomics. He holds a BSc Biochemistry from Moi University, Kenya (2008), and PhD Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK (2015), where he investigated malaria-host pathogen adhesion phenotypes under the mentorship of Prof David J Roberts (Oxford) and Dr Peter C. Bull (KEMRI Wellcome Trust). Following his PhD, Frank undertook a brief postdoctoral fellowship investigating severe malaria anaemia with Prof DJ Perkins at the University of New Mexico, USA. His professional experience includes a five-year tenure as a laboratory manager and associate laboratory scientist at the University of Nairobi, Kenya where he supported clinical molecular diagnostic services for HIV drug resistance testing in HIV-infected patient cohorts. Additionally, he played a pivotal role as a consultant leading the establishment of diagnostic capacities for SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing for 15 laboratories across Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic. His current research interests focus on pathogen genomics and the application of advanced genomic technologies to enhance diagnostics and public health surveillance. He is particularly interested in leveraging genetic diversity among Africans to develop novel diagnostics and new drug targets, underscoring his commitment to entrepreneurship in the biotech space. Frank is actively engaged in entrepreneurship, with a keen interest in establishing innovative biotech ventures that capitalize on African genetic insights to revolutionize diagnostics and therapeutic approaches. As a lecturer at Meru University of Science and Technology, Frank actively engages in teaching and is also committed to capacity building for genomics and bioinformatics in Kenya, aiming to make genomics by Africans accessible to Africans. Frank’s extensive experience and ongoing contributions to the field reflect his enthusiasm for mentorship and his dedication to creating impactful scientific and community-driven solutions.

  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • HIV
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Mycobacteria
  • Laboratory systems strengthening
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Techniques
  • International Society for Computational Biologists
  • American Society for Human Genetics
  • African Society for Human Genetics