Prof. Lucy W Irungu is the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of Machakos University and a Professor of Entomology.
She graduated from the University of Nairobi (UoN) with a BSc first class honours degree (Entomology) in 1978 from the Department of Entomology.
She immediately joined ICIPE as a graduate research scholar and was awarded a scholarship by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation to pursue an MSc degree in
Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine which she completed in 1979.
Prof. Irungu proceeded to Imperial College and the British Museum on internship for six months before returning to ICIPE. In 1981, she was awarded a scholarship by the Association
of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to pursue her PhD. She completed her PhD at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1984 and returned to ICIPE for her postdoctoral work.
In 1988, she joined the Department of Zoology, UoN as a lecturer and rose through the ranks to Professor. Prof. Irungu has also served as the chairman of the Department of Zoology from 1999-2004. She was then appointed as the Principal College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS), a position she held up to February 2011 when she was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension at the University of Nairobi. She was then appointed as Vice Chancellor of Machakos University on February 2018.
She has conducted research in the area of vector biology and control, with special reference to malaria vectors and parasites of Neglected Diseases. In addition, she has supervised MSc students and PhD students. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Kenya Institute of Management(KIM). She also serves as the Chairperson of the Academic and Management Board of the Kenya Wildlife Training Institute. She is a board member of the JRS Biodiversity Foundation(USA). In addition, she belongs to other several proffesional organizations.