Dorcas Kamuya the Head of the Health Systems and Research Ethics (HSRE) Department at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. She is also a Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics fellow. Dr. Kamuya is primarily based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya; is a member of several collaborative initiatives including Global Health Bioethics Network, Africa Ethics Working Group (AEWG) on Neuro-disability studies; International Association of Bioethics (IAB), among others.

Current Work

Her fellowship research is an empirical ethics examining if and how communities could be engaged on complex ethical topics, with bio-banking as a case study. As a social science researcher in LMIC, her research interests span several interrelated areas: ethical and social-cultural issues around emerging technologies (biobanking, machine learning); the value of community and public engagement in health research; ethical dilemmas for frontline research workers; and responsibility of researchers and research institutions conducting research in resource-limited contexts.


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Anti-merozoite antibodies induce natural killer cell effector function and are associated with immunity against malaria.
Odera, D. O., Tuju, J., Mwai, K., Nkumama, I. N., Fürle, K., Chege, T., Kimathi, R., Diehl, S., Musasia, F. K., Rosenkranz, M., Njuguna, P., Hamaluba, M., Kapulu, M. C., Frank, R., Osier, F. H. A., Abdi, A. I., Chi, P. C., de Laurent, Z., Jao, I., Kamuya, D., Kamuyu, G., Makale, J., Murungi, L., Musyoki, J., Muthui, M., Mwacharo, J., Kariuki, S., Mwanga, D., Mwongeli, J., Ndungu, F., Njue, M., Nyangweso, G., Kimani, D., Ngoi, J. M., Musembi, J., Ngoto, O., Otieno, E., Ooko, M., Shangala, J., Wambua, J., Mohammed, K. S., Omuoyo, D., Mosobo, M., Kibinge, N., Kinyanjui, S., Bejon, P., Lowe, B., Marsh, K., Marsh, V., Abebe, Y., Billingsley, P. F., Sim, B. K. L., Hoffman, S. L., James, E. R., Richie, T. L., Audi, A., Olewe, F., Oloo, J., Ongecha, J., Ongas, M. O., Koskei, N., Bull, P. C., Hodgson, S. H., Kivisi, C., Imwong, M., Murphy, S. C., Ogutu, B., Tarning, J., Winterberg, M., Williams, T. N.
Sci Transl Med, (2023). 15:eabn5993

Ethical issues of involving people with intellectual disabilities in genomic research: a scoping review protocol.
Chepkirui, D., Kipkemoi, P., Bitta, M., Harris, E., Musesengwa, R., Kamuya, D.
Wellcome Open Res, (2023). 8:340

The hidden emotional labour behind ensuring the social value of research: Experiences of frontline health policy and systems researchers based in Kenya during COVID-19.
Nzinga, J., Oliwa, J., Oluoch, D., Jepkosgei, J., Mbuthia, D., Boga, M., Musitia, P., Ogola, M., Muinga, N., Muraya, K., Hinga, A., Kamuya, D., Kelley, M., Molyneux, S.
PLOS Glob Public Health, (2023). 3:e0002116

A network of empirical ethics teams embedded in research programmes across multiple sites: opportunities and challenges in contributing to COVID-19 research and responses.
Ngwenya, N., Ilo Van Nuil, J., Nyirenda, D., Chambers, M., Cheah, P. Y., Seeley, J., Chi, P., Mafuleka, L., Nkosi, B., Kamuya, D., Davies, A., Schneiders, M. L., Mumba, N., Dlamini, S., Desmond, N., Marsh, V., Rippon, D., Parker, M., Molyneux, S.
Wellcome Open Res, (2022). 7:48

Experience of Kenyan researchers and policy-makers with knowledge translation during COVID-19: a qualitative interview study.
Guleid, F. H., Njeru, A., Kiptim, J., Kamuya, D. M., Okiro, E., Tsofa, B., English, M., Molyneux, S., Kariuki, D., Barasa, E.
BMJ Open, (2022). 12:e059501

Ethical considerations around volunteer payments in a malaria human infection study in Kenya: an embedded empirical ethics study.
Chi, P. C., Owino, E. A., Jao, I., Bejon, P., Kapulu, M., Marsh, V., Kamuya, D.
BMC Med Ethics, (2022). 23:46

Strengthening the Health System as a Strategy to Achieving a Universal Health Coverage in Underprivileged Communities in Africa: A Scoping Review.
Jaca, A., Malinga, T., Iwu-Jaja, C. J., Nnaji, C. A., Okeibunor, J. C., Kamuya, D., Wiysonge, C. S.
Int J Environ Res Public Health, (2022). 19:587

Undertaking Community Engagement for a Controlled Human Malaria Infection Study in Kenya: Approaches and Lessons Learnt.
Mumba, N., Njuguna, P., Chi, P., Marsh, V., Awuor, E., Hamaluba, M., Mauncho, C., Mwalukore, S., Masha, J., Mwangoma, M., Kalama, B., Alphan, H., Wambua, J., Bejon, P., Kamuya, D., Kapulu, M. C.
Front Public Health, (2022). 10:793913