Dr. Magrate Kaigongi

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Dr. Magrate Kaigongi

Research Scientist
E-mail : mkaigongi@kefri.org
Researcher ID : 0000-0002-4318-6867
Designation : Research Scientist
Expertise : Plant Taxonomy and Economic botany

Journal Papers

  1. Kaigongi, M. M. (2020). Chemosystematics, Antimicrobial and Antiproliferative Activities of the Kenyan Zanthoxylum Species and Dodonaea viscosa Populations (Doctoral Thesis, University of Nairobi).
  2. Kaigongi, M. M., Lukhoba, C.W., Ochieng’ P.J., Taylor, M., Yenesew, A., Makunga, N.P. (2020). LC-MS-Based Metabolomics for the Chemosystematics of Kenyan Dodonaea viscosa Jacq (Sapindaceae) populations. Molecules, 25(9), 4130
  3. Kaigongi, M. M., Lukhoba, C. W., Yaouba, S., Makunga, N. P., Githiomi, J., & Yenesew, A. (2020). In Vitro Antimicrobial and Antiproliferative Activities of the Root Bark Extract and Isolated Chemical Constituents of Zanthoxylum paracanthum Kokwaro (Rutaceae). Plants, 9(7), 920.
  4. Kaigongi, M.M., &Musila, F. M. (2015). Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants used by Tharaka people of Kenya. International Journal of Ethnobiology & Ethnomedicine, 1(1).1-8.
  5. Kaigongi, M. M., Dossaji, S. F., Nguta, J. M., Lukhoba, C. W., & Musila, F. M. (2014). Antimicrobial Activity, Toxicity and Phytochemical Screening of Four Medicinal Plants Traditionally Used in Msambweni District, Kenya. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, 4(28), 6-12.
  6. Kaigongi, M. M. (2014). Antimicrobial activity, toxicity and phytochemical analysis of four medicinal plants traditionally used in Msambweni District, Kenya (MSc Thesis, University of Nairobi).

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Kaigongi Magrate, (2020). Review of Botanical Name change of Trees, Shrubs and Herbs in Kenya technical note. Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).
  2. Kaigongi Magrate, Stanley Nadir, Leonida Cherotich, Peter Gachie, Jesse Lugadiru (2016). Growing Eucalyptus trees, information leaflet for farmers and tree growers. Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).


  • 2015- Present : Research scientist (Plant Taxonomy and Economic Botany), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), P.O Box 20412 - 00200 Nairobi, Kenya.

Academic Qualification

  • 2017-2020 : Doctor of philosophy in Plant Taxonomy and Economic Botany University of Nairobi
  • 2012-2014 : Master of Science in Plant Taxonomy and Economic Botany University of Nairobi
  • 2008-2012 : Bachelor of Science in Biology (First Class Honors) University of Nairobi
  • 2003-2006 : Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (A-) Muguna-aana Secondary School
  • 1995-2002 : Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (313/500) Kariini Primary School

Key Competencies

  1. Systematics,
  2. Ethnobotany,
  3. Phytochemistry,
  4. Medicinal Plants,
  5. Conservation,
  6. Landscape Restoration

Other Courses

  • August 2020 : Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).
  • June 2019- July 2019 : Metabolomics techniques Stellenbosch University
  • April 2019 : Ecological restoration by Forest and Landscape Restoration Brackenhurst
  • May 2017 : Phylogenetic Training University of Nairobi
  • Sept 2015- Feb 2016 : Herbarium techniques East African Herbarium, National Museums of Kenya
  • July 2016 : Research Proposal writing DAAD- Kenya