Originally from Nairobi, Kenya with a background in Biochemistry (BSc) from the University of Nairobi, Juliet Kinyua’s journey into hypothesis driven research began when she received Master’s fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and PEO International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund for Women. She then left home to pursue her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science with a Toxicology specialization at the Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas, where she applied ‘Sewage Epidemiology’ in her Master’s project. On her journey, she has had the privilege of mentorship and experience at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi Kenya, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge Massachusetts and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) in Lubbock Texas. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at The Toxicology Center at University of Antwerp (Belgium).
Her background and experiences have led to her current interests in studying illicit drugs in wastewater (Sewage Epidemiology). Sewage epidemiology aims to inform relevant institutions which require better knowledge, together with timely objective information regarding shifts in the illicit drug market and the prevalence and appearance of new synthetic drugs in order to formulate effective drug policies
Investigating the sewage epidemiology approach for new drugs/psychoactive compounds and their metabolites
The project is geared to develop and validate specific analytical methods based on SPE and LC-MS/MS and LC-QTOFMS for the detection, identification, confirmation and quantification of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in sewage.