School of Science and Computing

Dr. Daniel Patrick Kisangau

Senior Lecturer, Department of Life Sciences.
Specialization areas are Plant taxonomy and Economic Botany.

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem conservation for livelihood improvement
  • Ethnobotany of Socio-economically useful plant species
  • Bioactivity studies of medicinal plants and other bioactive metabolites

Ongoing Research

  • Zipporah M. Maluvu. PhD. Reg. No. I85/96194/2014. Thesis title: Adaptation strategies for increased green gram (Vignaradiata) production in Makueni County under changing climatic conditions.
  • Francisca M. Mbithi. PhD. Reg. No. B502/WTE/30003/2018. Thesis title: Development of an optimization model for sustainable development of biofuel energy plants in Kyulu hills ecosystem, Kenya.
  • Mbiri Jane Wanja. PhD Thesis title: Acute Toxicity, Immunomodulatory Properties and Quantitative Phytochemical Analysis of Carissa edulis and Terminalia brownie.
  • Angela King’ola, PhD Thesis Title: Climate Smart Pest Management: Enhancing Resilience of Farms to Changing Pest Threats. A Case Study of Maize Farming In Makueni County.
  • David Mutua Kyulu; MSc. Reg. No. 1501/WTE/20518/2014; Thesis title: Assessment of Access and the Usefulness of Weather Forecasts in Conservation of Forests among Communities Living around Chyulu Hills in Makueni County.
  • Charles Kisima Kimani; MSc. Reg. No. I501/WTE/20248/2012. Thesis title: An investigation on degradation level and its effects in the riparian ecosystems of Eastern semi-arid region of Kenya; A case study of Kaiti River in Makueni County.


  1. Christine B. Schmitt, Daniel Kisangau and Kennedy W. Matheka. Tree diversity in a human modified riparian forest landscape in semi-arid Kenya. Forest Ecology and Management 433 (2018) 645–655.
  2. Daniel Patrick Kisangau, Matheaus Kauti, Royford Mwobobia, Titus Kanui, Nashon Musimba. Traditional knowledge on use of medicinal plants in Kitui County, Kenya. International Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 4(1):1-10, 2017.
  3. Daniel Patrick Kisangau. Indigenous Leafy Vegetables With Potential Medicinal And Immune Boosting Properties; International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Bioresearch. 2(6):23-33, 2017.
  4. D.P. Kisangau, K. M. Hosea, H.V. M. Lyaruu, C. C. Joseph, Z.H. Mbwambo, P.J. Masimba. In Vivo Anticandida Activity of Three Traditionally Used Medicinal Plants in East Africa; Book Chapter contribution in Neffat M, Najjaa H. and Mathe A. (Eds.). Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World - Africa Volume 3; Springer Science . ISBN-978-94-024-1119-5; 2017, pp 357-373.
  5. Aaron M. Mwaniki, Daniel P. Kisangau, Nashon K. R. Musimba. Socio-economic factors affecting sisal cultivation and adoption in Kiomo Division, Kitui County, International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research, 11(3): 97-103, 2017
  6. Charles Ndungu Thuo, Simon Nguluu, Patrick Kisangau. Socio-Economics Factors Affecting Adoption of Tissue Culture Bananas in the Semi-Arid Areas of Lower Eastern Region of Kenya. International Journal of Life Sciences Research. 5(3):164-162, 2017
  7. Jane W Mbiri, Sichangi Kasili, Patrick D Kisangau, Michael N Musila, Mathew N Piero and Wilton M Mbinda, Antinociceptive Properties of Methanolic Bark Extracts of Terminalia brownii in Wistar Rats, Journal of Pain Relief, 2016, 5:5.
  8. Mbiri J. Wanja, Sichangi Kasili, Kisangau D. Patrick, Wilton Mbinda, Ngugi M. Piero, Anti-inflammatory properties of methanolic bark extracts of Terminalia brownii in Wistar albino rats, International Journal of Current Pharmaceutical Research, 2016, Vol 8, Issue 3.
  9. Jane W Mbiri, Sichangi Kasili, Wilton Mbinda, Patrick D Kisangau and Ngugi M Piero, Anti-Pyretic Properties of Methanolic Bark Extracts of Terminalia brownii in Wistar Rats (Rattus novegicus), Pharmacogn Nat Prod 2016, 2: 3, ISSN: 2472-0992.
  10. Sichangi Kasili, Daniel Patrick Kisangau, Josphert Kimatu, Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS in Kenyan University Academic Programmes: Impact on Students’ Sexual Behaviour, International Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Behavioural Science. 2016; 2(4): 20-26.
  11. Mercy C. Cheruto, Matheaus K Kauti, Patrick D Kisangau and Patrick Kariuki, Assessment of Land Use and Land Cover Change Using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques: A Case Study of Makueni County, Kenya, Journal of Remote Sensing & GIS 5: 2016; 175. doi: 10.4175/2469-4134.1000175.
  12. Kieti R.N., Kauti M.K. and Kisangau D.P. Biophysical Conditions and Land Use Methods Contributing to Watershed Degradation in Makueni County, Kenya. Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography. 2016, 6:4.
  13. Kieti Raphael Ndavi, Kauti Matheaus Kioko and Kisangau Daniel Patrick, Household Livelihood Strategies and Socio-Economic Conditions Influencing Watershed Degradation in Kaiti Sub-watershed, Makueni County, Kenya, Journal of Scientific Research & Reports 2016; 12(2): 1-13; Article no.JSRR.28412. ISSN: 2320-0227.
  14. Ezekiel Amri and Daniel P Kisangau. Ethnomedicinal study of plants used in villages around Kimboza Forest Reserve in Morogoro, Tanzania; International Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine; 2012; 8:200-211.
  15. Daniel P. Kisangau, Thora M. Herrmann, Herbert V. M. Lyaruu, Ken M Hosea, Cosam C. Joseph, Zakaria. H. Mbwamboa and Pax J. Masimba, Traditional knowledge, use practices and conservation of medicinal plants for HIV/AIDS care in rural Tanzania. Ethnobotany Research & Applications, 9:43-57; 2011.
  16. D. P. Kisangau, H. V.M. Lyaruu, K. M. Hosea, C. C. Joseph, L. N. Bruno, K. P. Devkota, T. Bogner and N. Sewald. In vitro cytotoxicity of some medicinal plants used in traditional medicine in Tanzania; In C. P. Kala (Ed.), Medicinal Plants and Sustainable Development; Book Chapter publication; Nova Science Publishers,USA, © 2011; ISBN 978-1-61761-942-7, Chapter 7, Pg. 91-100.
  17. D. P. Kisangau, K. M. Hosea, H. V. M. Lyaruu, C. C. Joseph, Z. H. Mbwambo, P. J. Masimba, C. B. Gwandu, L. N. Bruno, K. P. Devkota and N. Sewald. Screening of traditionally used Tanzanian medicinal plants for antifungal activity. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology; 47(8): 708-716; 2009.
  18. Krishna P. Devkota, Bruno N. Lenta, Jeaan D. Wansi, Muhammad I. Choudhary, Daniel P. Kisangau, Qamar Nazi, Samreen S. and Nobert Sewald. Bioactive 5α-pregnane type steroidal alkaloids from Sarcococca hookeriana. Journal of Natural Products; 2008, 71:1481-1484.
  19. Daniel P. Kisangau , Herbert V.M. Lyaruu, Ken M. Hosea and Cosam C. Joseph. Use of traditional medicines in the management of HIV/AIDS opportunistic infections in Tanzania: a case of Bukoba Rural District.International Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2007, 3 (1):29.
  20. Daniel Patrick Kisangau and Thora Martina Herrmann. Utilization and conservation of medicinal plants used for primary health care in Makueni district, Kenya. International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management. 2007, 3:184-192.
  21. D.P Kisangau , K.M. Hosea, C.C. Joseph and H.V.M. Lyaruu. In vitro antimicrobial assay of plants used in traditional medicine in Bukoba Rural district, Tanzania. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine . 2007, 4(4):510-523.
  22. Owuor, B.O. and Kisangau, D.P. Kenyan medicinal plants used as antivenin: a comparison of plant usage.International Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 2006 2(1):7.
  23. Kisangau, D . and Kokwaro, J.O. Use of Medicinal plants in Kenya, Book Chapter contribution in: UNDP. Sharing Innovative experiences of the successful conservation and sustainable use of Dryland Biodiversity, UNDP, Special Unit for South-South cooperation, TWAS, TWNSO, GEF, UNEP; 2004. 9:60-63.
  24. Kisangau D.P and Muthoka P.N. An overview of the conservation status of medicinal plants in Kenya, Annals of Arid Zone. 2004, 43:391-400.
  25. Kisangau D.P . Preliminary survey of indigenous fodder plants in Elangata Wuas and Kilonito Locations of Kajiado district, Kenya, 2002. Published in RPSUD biannual magazine.
  26. Kisangau D.P . Aloe secundiflora Engl.: A case study on its conservation status at Loodokilani and Kilonito locations, Kajiado district, Kenya, 2000. Published in RPSUD biannual magazine.
  27. Kisangau D.P Ethnobotany and conservation status of Xerophyta spekei in Makueni district, Kenya, 1999. Published in RPSUD biannual magazine.

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