Dr. Purity Gacheri

Dr. Purity Gacheri

Senior Lecturer

Department: School of Pure and Applied Sciences

Email: pgacheri@mku.ac.ke / pglimbua@yahoo.com

Dr. Purity Gacheri Limbua is the Dean of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences at Mount Kenya University.  She is a Lecturer and a researcher who has successfully supervised many postgraduate students.

She holds a PhD. in Biotechnology, a MSc. Degree in Biotechnology and a B.Ed. Science degree. She is a skilled trainer in the field of Biotechnology with expertise in Plant Biotechnology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Ecology and conservation Biology. Owing to her leadership roles as a head of Department and now a Dean of School, Dr. Gacheri has hands- on experience in people management, mentorship, student affairs, examination management, curriculum development, education management and administration amongst other related skills. Her research interest is evidenced by her active participation in collaborative research both locally and internationally.

Dr. Gacheri is the current chairperson of the Mount Kenya University Laboratory Committee. This committee implements and periodically reviews policies governing management of laboratories’ equipment and chemicals. It also assesses and reviews laboratory functional capacities and recommends upgrading and expansion to the university Management Board. The committee also oversees proper inventory management, maintenance of laboratory equipment and other laboratory materials.

Grants and Funding  (2023)

International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award.£1,223,279

Soil Health Evaluation in Ecological Restoration in savannah environments (SHEER) of €43,000

Research Projects (ongoing): Assessment of terrestrial invertebrates diversity as indicators of habitat quality in the Mara and Enarau region.


  1. Collaborative between Mount Kenya University, KEMRI and AMREF university. This is for training of Master of Science in Bioethics and Post graduate Diploma in Bioethics.
  2. Collaboration  between University of Bologna, Nottingham Trent University, Mount Kenya University and JKUAT.

Orcid Number: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1950-5191