Eric M. Guantai


Dr Eric Guantai, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi. Dr. Guantai is a registered pharmacist, having received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi. He went on to receive his PhD (Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacology) from the University of Cape Town. 

Dr. Guantai has broad expertise and research interests. He has strong interest in early stage drug discovery research (design, synthesis and biological evaluation of bioactive compounds) aimed at identifying hit and lead compounds of interest that could feed the drug discovery pipeline for infectious diseases, particularly malaria. He is also strongly involved in pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance research and activities in Kenya - he supports the training of experts in this field at the University of Nairobi, and is active in pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance research involving studying the utilization of medicines in populations, exploring the determinants of beneficial and adverse effects of medicines, and the assessment of programmatic efforts to improve medication use in a population. He is a member of several pharmacovigilance expert advisory committees of the Ministry of Health, Kenya, including the National Vaccine Safety Advisory Committee (NVSAC), and the Pharmacovigilance Expert Review & Advisory Committee (PERAC).