Small Animal Internal Medicine

Thumbi Mwangi

Thumbi Mwangi

Associate Professor & Director of Rabies Free Kenya

Curriculum Vitae



Thumbi Mwangi qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Nairobi and as an infectious disease epidemiologist from University of Edinburgh, before joining the Allen school to coordinate research and education activities in East Africa. Primarily based in East Africa, he leads a research group working on zoonoses and linkages between human and animal health.  

Personal Statement

My research is focused on understanding the epidemiology of infectious diseases in animals and people in the tropics, and designing programs that reduce their burden. I find working in field settings tackling these real health problems, with a fantastic group of collaborators and graduate students, as great fun, exciting and worth the while.

Education and Training

  • 2013: Post-doc: Paul G Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University
  • 2012: PhD in infectious disease epidemiology – University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2008: Masters in Genetics and Animal Breeding – University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2005: Veterinary Medicine and Surgery – University of Nairobi, Kenya

List of Publications

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  • Munyua P, Bitek A, Osoro E, Pieracci EG, Muema J, Mwatondo A, Kungu M, Nanyingi M, Gharpure R, Njenga K, Thumbi SM. (2016) Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases in Kenya, 2015. PLoS One. 11(8):e0161576. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161576. PMID: 27557120 PMCID: PMC4996421
  • Thumbi SM, Njenga MK, Marsh TL, Noh S, Otiang E, Munyua P, Ochieng L, Ogola E, Yoder J, Audi A, Montgomery JM, Bigogo G, Breiman RF, Palmer GH, McElwain TF. (2015) Linking human health and livestock health: a "one-health" platform for integrated analysis of human health, livestock health, and economic welfare in livestock dependent communities. PLoS One. 10(3):e0120761. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120761. PMID: 25798951 PMCID: PMC4370696
  • Mosites E, Aol G, Otiang E, Bigogo G, Munyua P, Montgomery JM, Neuhouser ML, Palmer GH, Thumbi SM. (2017) Child height gain is associated with consumption of animal-source foods in livestock-owning households in Western Kenya. Public Health Nutr. 20(2):336-345. doi: 10.1017/S136898001600210X. PMID: 27515059 PMCID: PMC5233559
  • T.F. McElwain & S.M. Thumbi (2017) Animal pathogens and their impact on animal health, the economy, food security, food safety and public health Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz. 36 (2), 423-433
  • Woolhouse ME, Thumbi SM, et al. (2015) Co-infections determine patterns of mortality in a population exposed to parasite infection. Sci Adv. 1(2):e1400026. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1400026. PMID: 26601143 PMCID: PMC4643819


Washington State University